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Coordinated Ground-Based and AIM Satellite Measurements of Mesospheric and Stratospheric Waves Over South America

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American Geophysical Union, Fall General Assembly 2016


San Francisco, CA

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This poster highlights new AIM satellite measurement capabilities and recent ground-based observations studying the properties of mesospheric gravity waves generated by the interaction of strong winds with the towering Andes mountain range. "Mountain waves" (MW) are uniquely identified by their stationary appearance and are a major component of stratospheric wave forcing during the winter months, when they can also penetrate to high altitudes. Observations of their mesospheric signatures and spatial properties using the airglow emission layers are very sparse (Smith et al., 2009).

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