Special Issue "Atmospheric Gravity Waves"
A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2016)
Dr. Vanda Grubišić
Director, Earth Observing Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O.Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307, USA
Phone: (303) 497-2040
Fax: (303) 497-8770
Interests: processes in complex terrain; atmospheric gravity waves; atmospheric wakes; mountain meteorology; boundary-layer meteorology; orgraphic precipitation; observational technologies
Welcome to the Special Issue of the Atmosphere on “Atmospheric Gravity Waves”. It is my pleasure to serve as Guest Editor of this issue.
Gravity waves in the Earth’s atmosphere are omnipresent. Predominantly generated in the troposphere by airflow over mountains, by deep convection or by frontal systems, gravity waves represent an effective mechanism for the transfer of momentum and energy from the troposphere to the upper reaches of the atmosphere. As such they are a key contributor to the dynamics of the lower, middle and upper atmosphere. Due to the decrease of air density with height, wave amplitudes increase at higher altitudes, where nonlinear effects cause the waves to break, transferring their momentum to the mean flow. The reach and impact of atmospheric gravity waves and gravity-wave-induced phenomena span a range of spatial scales, from mesoscale to global scale and affect both the weather and climate. While in the lower atmosphere their impacts usually remain regional, in the upper atmosphere they can dominate atmospheric processes on a much larger scale. High-resolution observations, with advanced technologies used for in-situ and remote sensing measurements, as well as high-resolution numerical simulations and laboratory experiments, have significantly improved our understanding of gravity waves and wave-induced phenomena. As the spatial scale of gravity waves is too small to be resolved directly by global weather prediction and Earth system models (ESMs) at present, they need to be parameterized, giving rise to the class of gravity wave parameterizations.
Manuscripts on all aspects of atmospheric gravity waves are welcome for this Special Issue.
Dr. Vanda Grubišić
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- Gravity wave sources and generation
- Wave breaking and turbulence
- Terrain-induced gravity waves and phenomena
- Remote sensing and in situ observations
- Numerical simulations
- Laboratory experiments
- Gravity wave parameterizations