Investigation of long periodic gravity waves and their possible sources in the vicinity of the Scandinavian mountain ridge

Updated 2003-03-10

The upper troposphere and lower stratosphere are strongly affected by the appearance of gravity waves with different scales. Due to the exponential decrease of the density with the altitude, the upward propagation of these waves is associated with an increase in their amplitudes. Associated with the wave breaking and with deposit of momentum and energy in the background flow, the dynamical and thermal structure at upper stratospheric and mesospheric heights are essentially influenced. However, their sources and the quantitative aspects of these processes are poorly understood at present. Here we are focussing on the investigation of long periodic gravity waves with periods of several hours and horizontal wavelengths of more than hundred kilometres. In contrast to the pure internal gravity waves, these waves are called inertio-gravity waves due to their influence by the rotation of the Earth, described by the Coriolis effect or by the inertial frequency.

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2003
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
J. Lunde
ALOMAR Observatory And√łya Rocket Range P.O Box 54 8483 Andenes
+47 76 14 11 00
+47 76 14 44 01

Parameters and Media

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Regions studied
ALOMAR Observatory
Stations or areas where observations are made

Andenes Kiruna

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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