Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 857–892, 2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 857–892, 2018
27 Apr 2018
27 Apr 2018

GRACILE: a comprehensive climatology of atmospheric gravity wave parameters based on satellite limb soundings

Manfred Ern et al.

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Short summary
The gravity wave climatology based on atmospheric infrared limb emissions observed by satellite (GRACILE) is a global data set of gravity wave (GW) distributions in the stratosphere and the mesosphere observed by the infrared limb sounding satellite instruments HIRDLS and SABER. Typical distributions of multiple GW parameters are provided. Possible applications are scientific studies, comparison with other observations, or comparison with resolved or parametrized GW distributions in models.