Articles | Volume 2, issue 2
Research article
16 Apr 2021
Research article |  | 16 Apr 2021

The signature of the tropospheric gravity wave background in observed mesoscale motion

Claudia Christine Stephan and Alexis Mariaccia


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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Claudia Stephan on behalf of the Authors (23 Feb 2021)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (07 Mar 2021) by Pedram Hassanzadeh
AR by Claudia Stephan on behalf of the Authors (08 Mar 2021)

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Claudia Stephan on behalf of the Authors (15 Apr 2021)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (15 Apr 2021) by Pedram Hassanzadeh
Short summary
Vertical motion on horizontal scales of a few hundred kilometers can influence cloud properties. This motion is difficult to measure directly but can be inferred from the area-averaged mass divergence. The latter can be derived from horizontal wind measurements at the area’s perimeter. This study derives vertical properties of area-averaged divergence from an extensive network of atmospheric soundings and proposes an explanation for the variation of divergence magnitudes with area size.