Accession Number : ADA140939

Title :   Research Status and Recommendations from the Alaska Workshop on Gravity Waves and Turbulence in the Middle Atmosphere.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jul 83-30 Jan 84,


Personal Author(s) : Fritts,D C ; Geller,M A ; Balsley,B B ; Chanin,M L ; Hirota,I

PDF Url : ADA140939

Report Date : Jan 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Recently, a small group of atmospheric scientists met to discuss gravity wave and turbulence processes in the middle atmosphere. Our objectives were both to review the current theoretical understanding and observational capabilities in this field and to suggest additional studies that would further our knowledge of these processes and their effects on the large-scale circulation of the middle atmosphere. It is hoped that our review and recommendations will be useful in the design of future programs for studies of middle atmosphere dynamics. While our current theoretical understanding of gravity wave and turbulence processes in the middle atmosphere is fairly primitive, it is likely that theoretical and modeling studies will contribute important quantitative information on gravity wave excitation, propagation, and dissipation mechanisms and effects over the next few years. Likewise, our knowledge of gravity wave and turbulence morphology, parameters, and processes will likely expand substantially following the installation, and particularly the combination, of various observing systems. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Gravity waves, *Mesosphere, Turbulence, Atmospheric tides, Radar signals, Geophysics, Workshops, Alaska

Subject Categories : Atmospheric Physics
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Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE