Mesospheric gravity wave characteristics and identification of their sources around spring equinox over Indian low latitudes
- 1National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Gadanki, 517112, India
- 2Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, Brazil
- 3Department of Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, 530003, India
- anow at: National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), Hyderabad, 500037, India
Abstract. We report OI557.7 nm night airglow observations with the help of a charged-couple device (CCD)-based all-sky camera from a low-latitude station, Gadanki (13.5° N; 79.2° E). Based on the data collected during March and April over 3 years, from 2012 to 2014 (except March 2013), we characterize the small-scale gravity wave properties. During this period, 50 gravity wave events were detected. The horizontal wavelengths of the gravity waves are found to ranging from 12 to 42 km with the phase velocity 20–90 m s−1. In most cases, these waves were propagating northward with only a few occurrences of southward propagation. In the present novel investigation from the Indian sector, each of the wave events was reverse-ray-traced to its source. The outgoing longwave radiation (OLR) suggested that tropospheric convection was a possible source for generation of the observed waves. It was found that approximately 66 % of the events were triggered directly by the convection.