Winds in E Region
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1972 by the American Geophysical Union.
Volume 7, Issue 3, pages 403–404, March 1972
How to Cite
1972), Winds in E Region, Radio Sci., 7(3), 403–404, doi:10.1029/RS007i003p00403.(
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 OCT 1971
It is important to determine whether regular tidal winds or irregular gravity waves dominate the transport processes in the E region. This depends on their relative amplitudes. The question became prominent when Chimonas  claimed that ‘the dominant winds in the E region are the solar tidal winds.’ This was a misquotation from another source. The best estimates seem to be that gravity wave amplitudes are rather greater than either of the major solar tidal wind amplitudes at E-region heights. Consequences of assuming otherwise are discussed.