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Dynamical influence of gravity waves generated by the Vestfjella Mountains in Antarctica: radar observations, fine-scale modelling and kinetic energy budget analysis  [cached]
Joel Arnault,Sheila Kirkwood
Tellus A , 2012, DOI: 10.3402/tellusa.v64i0.17261
Abstract: Gravity waves generated by the Vestfjella Mountains (in western Droning Maud Land, Antarctica, southwest of the Finnish/Swedish Aboa/Wasa station) have been observed with the Moveable atmospheric radar for Antarctica (MARA) during the SWEDish Antarctic Research Programme (SWEDARP) in December 2007/January 2008. These radar observations are compared with a 2-month Weather Research Forecast (WRF) model experiment operated at 2 km horizontal resolution. A control simulation without orography is also operated in order to separate unambiguously the contribution of the mountain waves on the simulated atmospheric flow. This contribution is then quantified with a kinetic energy budget analysis computed in the two simulations. The results of this study confirm that mountain waves reaching lower-stratospheric heights break through convective overturning and generate inertia gravity waves with a smaller vertical wavelength, in association with a brief depletion of kinetic energy through frictional dissipation and negative vertical advection. The kinetic energy budget also shows that gravity waves have a strong influence on the other terms of the budget, i.e. horizontal advection and horizontal work of pressure forces, so evaluating the influence of gravity waves on the mean-flow with the vertical advection term alone is not sufficient, at least in this case. We finally obtain that gravity waves generated by the Vestfjella Mountains reaching lower stratospheric heights generally deplete (create) kinetic energy in the lower troposphere (upper troposphere–lower stratosphere), in contradiction with the usual decelerating effect attributed to gravity waves on the zonal circulation in the upper troposphere–lower stratosphere.
Paleoclimate change recorded in the red earth and brown-yellow sediment of Late Quaternary for northeastern part of Guangdong Province, south to the Nanling Mountains, China
BaoSheng Li,XiaoHao Wen,DianZhang David,ShiFan Qiu,YüXiang Dong,ZhiWen Li,ShuHuan Du,XianJiao Ou,HouXin Li,DongFeng Niu,Yi Yang
Chinese Science Bulletin , 2008, DOI: 10.1007/s11434-008-0421-3
Abstract: The paleoenvironment indicated by the geochronology, major oxides—SiO2, Al2O3 and TOFE (Fe2O3 + FeO), and CIA (Chemical Index of Alteration) value of the red earth and brown-yellow silt primarily characterized by the Linjiang stratigraphic section, based on the geological investigation of Late Quaternary along the river banks of northeastern part of China’s Guangdong Province, south to the Nanling Mountains, allow us to hypothesize that the red earth on the first terrace in northeastern part of Guangdong belongs to reticulated red clay developed in a hot-wet environment of the last interglacial period (132–73 ka BP), similar to the monsoon environment in the northern margin of modern tropical zone, while the overlying brown-yellow silt layer mainly accumulated in a monsoon environment of warm temperate zone in the last glacial period (73–11 ka BP), with the aeolian sand LJ3 representing an extreme period of worsening climate. Such a hypothesis corresponds well with predecessors’ research on the paleoenvironment indicated by abundant fossils in both south and east to the Nanling Mountains. Hence, it follows that the bioclimatic zone did experience a large and rapid vicissitude in northeastern part of China’s Guangdong Province, and even in the full extent of the region south to the Nanling Mountains from the last interglacial period to the last glacial period, with the red earth being replaced by the brown-yellow silty sediment, and even maybe with the Ailuropoda-Stegodon Fauna being replaced by the Penghu Fauna. This study may provide an important geological demonstration for the environmental response to global change in China’s low latitudes on a 10 ka scale.
Observations of in-situ generated gravity waves during a stratospheric temperature enhancement (STE) event  [PDF]
A. J. Gerrard,Y. Bhattacharya,J. P. Thayer
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) & Discussions (ACPD) , 2011, DOI: 10.5194/acp-11-11913-2011
Abstract: Evidence for in situ generated atmospheric gravity waves associated with a stratospheric temperature enhancement (STE) are presented. The signatures of two sets of gravity waves are observed by molecular-aerosol lidar in conjunction with the early December 2000 STE event above Sondrestrom, Greenland. The first set of gravity waves shows downward phase progression with a vertical wavelength of ~8 km while the second set shows upward phase progression with a vertical wavelength of ~9 km. With estimates of the background wind fields from synoptic analyses, the various intrinsic gravity wave parameters of these two wave structures are found. The observed wave features compare well to previous numerical modeling predictions.
Influence of an Ice Storm on Aboveground Biomass of Subtropical Evergreen Broadleaf Forest in Lechang, Nanling Mountains of Southern China  [PDF]
Fang Zhang,Guangyi Zhou,Motoshi Hiratsuka,Kazuo Tanaka,Yasushi Morikawa
International Journal of Forestry Research , 2012, DOI: 10.1155/2012/467848
Abstract: This study focuses on the influence of the 2008 ice storm in China and subsequent forest rehabilitation dynamics up until 2011. All seven plots studied exhibited significant damage, with the total number of damaged trees varying between 63 and 92%. In addition, most trees suffered stem bending in 2008 and the extent of damage varied with tree diameter at breast high (DBH). Relationships between loss of biomass as dead trees and stand characteristics were analyzed by multiple stepwise regression. The results showed that the decrease in biomass (Y) could be related to altitude (X1), slope (X2), and aboveground biomass (AGB) in 2008 (X5) according to the following formula: . After 2 to 3 years, tree numbers had declined in all seven plots. The mean increase in AGB (4.9?t ha?1) for six of the plots was less than the biomass loss as dead trees (9.4?t ha?1) over the 3 year periods. This corresponds to a release of CO2 to the atmosphere for each plot. Therefore, the forests of Lechang in the Nanling Montains have probably acted as a carbon source to the atmosphere for a short period after the 2008 ice storm. 1. Introduction Almost 4,000 abiotic disturbance events occurred from 2000 to 2009, killing over one million people, directly affecting over 2.5 billion people and costing almost a trillion US dollars (over US$971 billion) [1]. Asia experienced the most extreme weather events during that period, with 1,536 events recorded, representing over 38% of the total worldwide. Windstorms and floods together accounted for approximately 70% of total extreme weather events reported and 72% of total economic loss. One such extreme weather event was the 2008 Chinese ice storm, which struck the southern-central region of China and occurred between January and February 2008. This meteorological disaster was characterized by frozen rain and snow with extreme low temperatures [2]. According to statistics released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China, the ensuing direct economic losses amounted to more than $22.3 billion and indirect losses may be even greater. In particular, twenty million hectares of forests were destroyed. At the time of the ice storm, most forests in the region were young or middle aged, which is perhaps the most productive stage of stand development. Unfortunately, the ice storm destroyed 30 years’ efforts to reforest the region and led to widespread crown decapitation, stem bending, trunk breakage, lodging, and uprooting. The damage to forests also caused secondary problems such as soil erosion and mudslides. Insect infestation and tree disease
Scholte waves generated by seafloor topography  [PDF]
Yingcai Zheng,Xinding Fang,Jing Liu,Michael C. Fehler
Physics , 2013,
Abstract: Seafloor topography can excite strong interface waves called Scholte waves that are often dispersive and characterized by slow propagation but large amplitude. This type of wave can be used to invert for near seafloor shear wave velocity structure that is important information for multi-component P-S seismic imaging. Three different approaches are taken to understand excitation of Scholte waves and numerical aspects of modeling Scholte waves, including analytical Cagniard-de Hoop analysis, the boundary integral method and a staggered grid finite difference method. For simple media for which the Green's function can be easily computed, the boundary element method produces accurate results. The finite difference method shows strong numerical artifacts and stagnant artificial waves can be seen in the vicinity of topography at the fluid-solid interface even when using fine computational grids. However, the amplitude of these artificial waves decays away from the seafloor. It is sensible to place receivers away from the fluid-solid interface for seismic modeling. To investigate Scholte wave generation, one needs to correctly implement the fluid-solid boundary condition. It is also shown through numerical examples including using a seafloor profile from the recent SEG Advanced Modeling (SEAM) Project that even mild topographic features can generate Scholte waves and these waves can be used to constrain near seafloor S wave velocity by dispersion analysis of interface Scholte waves. The implication to the full waveform inversion is that, although low frequency data are crucial for convergence, seafloor topography may have a large effect on low frequency seismic waves.
Dispersive waves generated by an underwater landslide  [PDF]
Denys Dutykh,Dimitrios Mitsotakis,Sonya Beysel,Nina Shokina
Physics , 2011,
Abstract: In this work we study the generation of water waves by an underwater sliding mass. The wave dynamics are assumed to fell into the shallow water regime. However, the characteristic wavelength of the free surface motion is generally smaller than in geophysically generated tsunamis. Thus, dispersive effects need to be taken into account. In the present study the fluid layer is modeled by the Peregrine system modified appropriately and written in conservative variables. The landslide is assumed to be a quasi-deformable body of mass whose trajectory is completely determined by its barycenter motion. A differential equation modeling the landslide motion along a curvilinear bottom is obtained by projecting all the forces acting on the submerged body onto a local moving coordinate system. One of the main novelties of our approach consists in taking into account curvature effects of the sea bed.
A gravity waves study close to the Andes mountains in Patagonia and Antarctica with GPS radio occultation observations
P. Alexander, D. Luna, P. Llamedo,A. de la Torre
Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO) , 2010,
Abstract: We first study the seasonal and geographical behavior of gravity wave activity in the lower stratosphere over the southernmost Andes mountains and their prolongation in the Antarctic Peninsula by global positioning system (GPS) radio occultation (RO) temperature profiles, obtained between years 2002 and 2005 by the CHAllenging Minisatellite Payload (CHAMP) mission. The observed features complement observations in the same zone by other satellite passive remote sensing instruments, which are able to detect different height regions and other spectral intervals of the wave spectrum. Comparisons with previous GPS RO studies in smaller areas than the one covered in our analysis are also established. Significant seasonal variation of wave activity is observed in our work, in agreement with results from other instruments. The locations of significant cases indicate that topography is an important source. Some strong wave activity is also found over open ocean. Critical level filtering is shown to have an attenuation effect, implying that a large fraction of the observed activity can be considered to be an outcome of mountain waves. The studied region has a significant advantage as compared to other regions of our planet: it generates wavefronts nearly aligned with the North-South direction (almost parallel to the mountains), whereby this geometry favors the wave detection by the nearly meridional line of sight characterizing most of the GPS RO observations used. A distribution of the observed gravity waves in terms of amplitudes and wavelengths is also presented.
Simultaneous lidar observations of temperatures and waves in the polar middle atmosphere on both sides of the Scandinavian mountains: a case study on 19/20 January 2003  [PDF]
U. Blum,K. H. Fricke,G. Baumgarten,A. Sch?ch
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions , 2004,
Abstract: Atmospheric gravity waves have been the subject of intense research for several decades because of their extensive effects on the atmospheric circulation and the temperature structure. The U. Bonn lidar at the Esrange and the ALOMAR RMR lidar at the And ya Rocket Range are located in northern Scandinavia 250 km apart on either side of the Scandinavian mountain ridge. During January and February 2003 both lidar systems conducted measurements and retrieved atmospheric temperatures. On 19/20 January 2003 simultaneous measurements for more than 7 h were possible. Although during most of the campaign time the atmosphere was not transparent for the propagation of orographically induced gravity waves, they could propagate and were observed at both lidar stations during these simultaneous measurements. The wave patterns at ALOMAR show a random distribution with time whereas at the Esrange a persistency in the wave patterns is observable. This persistency can also be found in the distribution of the most powerful vertical wavelengths. The mode values are both at about 5 km vertical wavelength, however the distributions are quite different, narrow at the Esrange containing values from λz=2–6 km and broad at ALOMAR, covering λz=1–12 km vertical wavelength. At both stations the waves deposit energy in the atmosphere with increasing altitude, which leads to a decrease of the observed gravity wave potential energy density with altitude. These measurements show unambigiously orographically induced gravity waves on both sides of the mountains as well as a clear difference of the characteristics of these waves, which might be caused by different excitation and propagation conditions on either side of the Scandinavian mountain ridge.
Acoustic waves generated by the spin precession  [PDF]
R. Zarzuela,E. M. Chudnovsky
Physics , 2015,
Abstract: We study generation of acoustic waves by a precessing spin of a nanoparticle deposited on the surface of a solid. Our approach elucidates macroscopic dynamics of the Einstein - de Haas effect. It is based upon solution of parameter-free equations of motion mandated by the conservation of the total angular momentum: spin + mechanical. We show that the amplitude of the acoustic waves generated by the spin precession may be sufficient for detection by a tunneling electron microscope.
The Cyclic Behavior of Mountain Gravity Waves Generated by Flow over Topography  [PDF]
Ziliang Li, Changji Chen, Jinqing Liu
International Journal of Geosciences (IJG) , 2013, DOI: 10.4236/ijg.2013.43051

The cyclic behavior of lee wave systems, generated by stratified flow over mountains is investigated by the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model. The results show that, surface friction has a direct impact upon the number and timing of mountain gravity waves cycle generation. Cyclic generation of mountain lee waves and down-slope winds was found to be extremely sensitive to the magnitude of the surface drag coefficient, where mountain waves amplitude and intensity varies with the magnitude of the drag coefficient, and the interaction of mountain waves and boundary layer process determinates the wave characteristics. For the typical drag Cd = 10–3, surface friction promotes the formation of the stationary mountain lee waves and hydraulic jump, especially, promotes boundary layer separation, the generation of low-level turbulent zones and rotor circulation or reversal flow within boundary layer. When drag coefficient becomes Cd = 10–4, lee waves remain steady states and the first evolution cycle maintains much longer than that of Cd = 10–3. In the case of the highest drag coefficient Cd = 10

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