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SPS Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2009

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Atmospheric structures have been observed in the Rayleigh lidar data acquired between 1993 and 2004 at Utah State University (USU). The observations pertain to the density and temperature in the mesosphere between 45 and 90 km altitude. The structures referred to arise from monochromatic Atmospheric Gravity Waves (AGWs). Previous analysis of these data have searched for and found a spectrum with a peak in the vertical wavelength 12–16 km. It has been suggested by other researchers using other types of data that there may be another peak in the spectrum at shorter wavelengths. For this study the lidar data were re- analyzed to search for such waves. To do this, the altitude resolution was reduced from 3 km to 600 m. This enabled the shortest wavelength AGW that can be examined to be reduced from 6 km to ~1.2 km, thereby significantly extending the spectrum investigated. Two additional peaks in the spectrum were found at 1.25–1.75 and 3.0–4.0 km.


Presented at the SPS Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT. PDF of poster available for download from link above.

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