A high-latitude 8-hour wave in the mesosphere and lower thermosphere

Q. Wu, N. J. Mitchell, T. L. Killeen, S. C. Solomon, P. T. Younger

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We used simultaneous multimission Fabry Perot interferometer neutral wind, airglow intensity, and temperature observations at Resolute (75°N) and meteor radar neutral wind observation at Esrange (68°N) to study a wave event with a period of close to 8 hours. On the basis of two days' worth of observations in October, we were able to show that during this event the 8-hour wave only appeared at Resolute (75°N) and damped from 87- to 97-km altitude with a vertical wavelength of ∼35 km. The OH emission temperature 8-hour oscillation was leading that in the OH emission brightness, resulting a negative phase of Krassovsky ratio, which may be related to the damping of the wave. The 8-hour wave also appears to be affected by planetary waves, resulting in a small phase shift for the wave from the first to the second day.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberA09301
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics
Issue numberA9
StatePublished - Sep 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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