Articles | Volume 15, issue 6
Research article
24 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2015

Energetic particle induced intra-seasonal variability of ozone inside the Antarctic polar vortex observed in satellite data

T. Fytterer, M. G. Mlynczak, H. Nieder, K. Pérot, M. Sinnhuber, G. Stiller, and J. Urban


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AR by Tilo Fytterer on behalf of the Authors (19 Feb 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (23 Feb 2015) by Quentin Errera
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (03 Mar 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (06 Mar 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Mar 2015) by Quentin Errera
AR by Tilo Fytterer on behalf of the Authors (10 Mar 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Energetic particles from the sun produce NOx (=N+NO+NO2) in the mesosphere/lower thermosphere. The NOx can be transported downward in the stratosphere during polar winter where NOx eventually depletes O3. This entire chain is the so-called energetic particle precipitation (EPP) indirect effect. Here we show downward propagating negative stratospheric O3 anomalies during Antarctic polar winter. The O3 anomalies are caused by geomagnetic activity and show strong hints of the EPP indirect effect.
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