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An observational study of energy balance in the atmospheric lunar tide

  • George W. Platzman


Analyses of satellite orbit-perturbation and altimeter data have been used in the past few years to evaluate sea-tide dissipation. A value of about 2.5 TW for the M2 tide is emerging from this work, which for the first time has placed our knowledge of sea-tide energy balance on a firm observational basis. A comparable improvement for the air tide is not yet possible, but an energy-balance estimate of M2 air-tide dissipation is made here from the best available spherical-harmonic analysis of the lunar barometric tide, namely that of 1969 byHaurwitz andCowley. Full account is taken of the flux of tide energy from the ocean, by means of sea-tide elevation derived from satellite data, and effects of sea-tide attraction and load are included. The result of this observational assessment is an M2 air-tide dissipation of about 10 GW maintained almost entirely, on the average, by the sea tide.

Key words

Atmospheric tide lunar tide tidal dissipation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • George W. Platzman
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  1. 1.Department of the Geophysical SciencesThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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