First detection of wave interactions in the middle atmosphere of Mars
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 4, February 2011
How to Cite
2011), First detection of wave interactions in the middle atmosphere of Mars, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04202, doi:10.1029/2010GL045592., and (
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 16 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 22 SEP 2010
 Planetary wave-tide interactions are known to exist in Earth's atmosphere and to account for some of its diurnal variability, or put another way, for variations in its diurnal cycle over time scales from days to weeks. In this study, using an elaborate arrangement of temperature profiles at a single local time from MRO/Mars Climate Sounder, we show that planetary wave-tide interactions also occur in the middle atmosphere of Mars. These interactions excite secondary waves that amplify on average with altitude and appear to be an important source of tidal and longitudinal variability.