Articles | Volume 27, issue 6
08 Jun 2009
 | 08 Jun 2009

Gravity wave amplitudes and momentum fluxes inferred from OH airglow intensities and meteor radar winds during SpreadFEx

F. Vargas, D. Gobbi, H. Takahashi, and L. M. Lima

Abstract. We show in this report the momentum flux content input in the mesosphere due to relatively fast and small scale gravity waves (GWs) observed through OH airglow images. The acquisition of OH NIR images was carried out in Brazil at Brasilia (14.8° S, 47.6° W) and Cariri (7.4° S, 36.5° W) from September 2005 to November 2005 during the SpreadFEx Campaign. Horizontal wind information from meteor radar was available in Cariri only. Our findings showed strong wave activity in both sites, mainly in Cariri. High wave directionality was also observed in both sites during SpreadFEx, which have been observed by other investigators using different analysis' techniques and different types of data during the campaign. We discuss also the possibility of plasma bubble seeding by gravity waves presenting spatial and temporal scales estimated with our novel analysis technique during the SpreadFEx campaign.