Turbulence and stress owing to gravity wave and tidal breakdown

  title={Turbulence and stress owing to gravity wave and tidal breakdown},
  author={R. Lindzen},
  journal={Journal of Geophysical Research},
  • R. Lindzen
  • Published 1981
  • Geology
  • Journal of Geophysical Research
It has been suggested (Lindzen, 1967, 1968a, b; Lindzen and Blake, 1971; Hodges, 1969) that turbulence in the upper mesosphere arises from the unstable breakdown of tides and gravity waves. Crudely speaking, it was expected that sufficient turbulence would be generated to prevent the growth of wave amplitude with height (roughly as (basic pressure)−1/2). This work has been extended to allow for the generation of turbulence by smaller amplitude waves, the effects of mean winds on the waves, and… Expand
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