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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-101-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-101-2016
Research article
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15 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 15 Jan 2016

Sensitivity of polar stratospheric cloud formation to changes in water vapour and temperature

F. Khosrawi, J. Urban, S. Lossow, G. Stiller, K. Weigel, P. Braesicke, M. C. Pitts, A. Rozanov, J. P. Burrows, and D. Murtagh

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Our sensitivity studies based on air parcel trajectories confirm that Polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) formation is quite sensitive to water vapour and temperature changes. Considering water vapour time series from satellite measurements we do not find a consistent, significant trend in water vapour in the lower stratosphere during the past 15 years (2000–2014). Thus, the severe dentrification observed in 2010/2011 cannot be directly related to increases in stratospheric water vapour.
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