Animation of longitudinal cross-sections of residual vertical velocity

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Animation of longitudinal cross-sections of residual vertical velocity
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For the SSWbox simulation at particular latitudes encompassing the GWD area
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Author
Šácha, Petr
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CC Attribution - NonCommercial 3.0 Germany:
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Copernicus Publications
Release Date
2016
Language
Silent film
Producer
Šácha, Petr
Production Place
Prague

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Abstract
This animation is part of a paper Influence of the spatial distribution of gravity wave activity on the middle atmospheric circulation and transport, which is under review to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Journal. Analyzing GPS radio occultation density profiles, we have recently pointed out a localized area of enhanced gravity wave (GW) activity and breaking in the lower stratosphere of the Eastern Asia/North-western Pacific (EA/NP) region. With a mechanistic model of the middle and upper atmosphere experiments are performed to study a possible effect of such a localized GW breaking region on the large-scale circulation and transport and, more generally, a possible influence of the spatial distribution of gravity wave activity on the middle atmospheric circulation and transport. The results indicate an important role of the spatial distribution of GW activity for the polar vortex stability, formation of planetary waves (PW) and for the strength and structure of the zonal mean residual circulation. Also, a possible effect of a zonally asymmetric GW breaking in the longitudinal variability of the Brewer-Dobson circulation is analyzed. Finally, consequences of our results for a variety of research topics (sudden stratospheric warmings, atmospheric blocking, teleconnections and a compensation mechanism between resolved and unresolved drag) are discussed.
Keywords
gravity wave
middle atmosphere
sudden stratospheric warming
residual circulation

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