The momentum budget in the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere. Part I: Contributions of different wave types and in situ generation of rossby waves

Kaoru Sato, Ryosuke Yasui, Yasunobu Miyoshi

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A momentumbudget is examined in the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere using simulation data over ;11 years from a whole-atmosphere model in terms of the respective contributions of gravity waves (GWs), Rossby waves (RWs), and tides. TheGWforcing is dominant in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere (MLT), as indicated in previous studies. However, RWs also cause strong westward forcing, described by Eliassen-Palm flux divergence (EPFD), in all seasons in the MLT and in the winter stratosphere. Despite the relatively coarse model resolution, resolvedGWswith large amplitudes appear in theMLT. TheEPFDassociated with the resolved GWs is eastward (westward) in the summer (winter) hemisphere, similar to the parameterized GW forcing. A pair of positive and negative EPFDs are associated with the RWs and GWs in the MLT. These results suggest that theRWs and resolvedGWs are generated in situ in theMLT. Previous studies suggested that a possible mechanism of RW generation in the MLT is the barotropic/baroclinic instability. This study revisits this possibility and examines causes of the instability from a potential vorticity (PV) viewpoint. The instability condition is characterized as the PV maximum at middle latitudes on an isentropic surface. Positive EPFD for RWs is distributed slightly poleward of the PV maximum. Because the EPFD equals the PV flux, this feature indicates that theRWradiation acts to reduce the PVmaximum. The PVmaximum is climatologicallymaintained in both the winter and summer mesospheres, which is caused by parameterized GW forcing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3613-3633
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume75
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

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Rossby wave
thermosphere
mesosphere
stratosphere
momentum
gravity wave
potential vorticity
divergence
winter
barotropic instability
baroclinic instability
wave generation
summer
in situ
budget
tide
atmosphere
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