Articles | Volume 16, issue 8
31 Aug 1998
31 Aug 1998

Planetary wave activity in the lower ionosphere during CRISTA I campaign in autumn 1994 (October−November)

D. Pancheva and J. Laštovička

Abstract. On the basis of MEM spectrum analysis, the main planetary scale fluctuations formed in the lower ionosphere are studied over a period of 3–25 days during the CRISTA campaign (October-November 1994). Three dominant period bands are found: 3–5, 6–8 and 15–23 (mainly 16–18) days. For 7–8 and 16–18 day fluctuations, propagation was eastward with wave numbers K = 3 and K = 1, respectively. The magnitude of planetary wave activity in the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere during the CRISTA campaign seems to be fairly consistent with the expected undisturbed normal/climatological state of the atmosphere at altitudes of 80–100 km.

Key words. Ionosphere (ionosphere-atmosphere interactions) · Meteorology and atmospheric dynamics (middle atmosphere dynamics; waves and tides)