Uncertainties in using the hodograph method to retrieve gravity wave characteristics from individual soundings
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2004
Copyright 2004 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 31, Issue 11, June 2004
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2004), Uncertainties in using the hodograph method to retrieve gravity wave characteristics from individual soundings, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L11110, doi:10.1029/2004GL019841., , and (
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Revised: 5 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Received: 27 FEB 2004
- Gravity waves;
- hodograph method
 The hodograph method is commonly used to retrieve inertio-gravity wave characteristics from individual vertical profiles of the winds. In order to estimate the uncertainties of this method, we have analyzed mesoscale numerical simulations of a gravity wave event in which a coherent quasi-monochromatic inertio-gravity wave packet is present. Single profiles are extracted from the simulations, analyzed using the hodograph method, and the derived wave characteristics are compared to the reference values determined from the four-dimensional simulated fields. Although the conditions favor the use of the hodograph method, the derived wave parameters possess significant uncertainties.