The Self-Destructing Internal Gravity Wave

Walter L. Jones National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo. 80302

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David D. Houghton Dept. of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison 53706

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Abstract

A simple numerical model is used to demonstrate that momentum exchange between wave and mean flow can substantially modify the process of “breaking” of internal gravity waves at great height. The momentum exchange results in appreciable transfer of energy from wave to mean flow.

Abstract

A simple numerical model is used to demonstrate that momentum exchange between wave and mean flow can substantially modify the process of “breaking” of internal gravity waves at great height. The momentum exchange results in appreciable transfer of energy from wave to mean flow.

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