An F region height change produced by gravity waves
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1998 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 1867–1876, November-December 1998
How to Cite
1998), An F region height change produced by gravity waves, Radio Sci., 33(6), 1867–1876, doi:10.1029/98RS01787., and (
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAY 1998
- Manuscript Received: 19 JAN 1998
Polar cap F region digital ionosonde height measurements occasionally show a type of height variation that we call a “downward rippling” variation because of its appearance. The variation typically extends over about 2 hours, and the overall height change is of the order of 100 km. We can simulate similar appearing height variations from vertical perturbations caused by gravity waves if the gravity waves have limited vertical wavelengths (a few hundred kilometers) and if there is high-speed convective flow.