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Mesopause temperature perturbations caused by infrasonic waves as a potential indicator for the detection of tsunamis and other geo-hazards

Bittner, Michael and Höppner, Kathrin and Pilger, Christoph and Schmidt, Carsten (2010) Mesopause temperature perturbations caused by infrasonic waves as a potential indicator for the detection of tsunamis and other geo-hazards. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (10), pp. 1431-1442. Copernicus Publications. doi: doi:10.5194/nhess-10-1431-2010.

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Many geo-hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, severe weather, etc., produce acoustic waves with sub-audible frequency, so called infrasound. This sound propagates from the surface to the middle and upper atmosphere causing pressure and temperature perturbations. Temperature fluctuations connected with the above mentioned events usually are very weak at the surface, but the amplitude increases with height because of the exponential decrease of atmospheric pressure with increasing altitude. At the mesopause region (80–100 km height) signal amplitudes are about two to three orders of magnitude larger than on the ground. The GRIPS (GRound-based Infrared P-branch Spectrometer) measurement system operated by the German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLRDFD) derives temperatures of the mesopause region by observing hydroxyl (OH) airglow emissions in the near infrared atmospheric emission spectrum originating from a thin layer at approximately 87 km height. The GRIPS instrument is in principle suited for the detection of infrasonic signals generated by e.g. tsunamis and other geo-hazards. This is due to the fact that the infrasound caused by such events should induce observable shortperiod fluctuations in the OH airglow temperatures. First results obtained during a field campaign performed at the Environmental Research Station “Schneefernerhaus”, Zugspitze (47.4 N, 11.0 E) from October to December 2008 are presented regarding potential sources of meteorological and orographical origin. An adequate distinction of the overlapping infrasonic signatures caused by different infrasound sources in the OH temperature record is needed for the ascription to the proper source. The approach presented here could form a contribution to a hazard monitoring and early warning system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/66356/
Document Type:Article
Title:Mesopause temperature perturbations caused by infrasonic waves as a potential indicator for the detection of tsunamis and other geo-hazards
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Bittner, Michaelmichael.bittner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Höppner, Kathrinkathrin.hoeppner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pilger, Christophchristoph.pilger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schmidt, Carstencarsten.schmidt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :doi:10.5194/nhess-10-1431-2010
Page Range:pp. 1431-1442
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:airglow, tsunami, infrasound, spectroscopy, hydroxyl
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Datenprodukte für Klima- und Atmosphärenanwendungen (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Climate and Atmospheric Products
Deposited By: Bittner, Prof.Dr.rer.nat. Michael
Deposited On:23 Nov 2010 14:00
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:21

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