Articles | Volume 16, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11617–11633, 2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11617–11633, 2016
Research article
20 Sep 2016
Research article | 20 Sep 2016

The tropical tropopause inversion layer: variability and modulation by equatorial waves

Robin Pilch Kedzierski et al.

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Cited articles

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This study provides a detailed overview of the daily variability of the tropopause inversion layer (TIL) in the tropics, where TIL research had focused little. The vertical and horizontal structures of this atmospheric layer are described and linked to near-tropopause horizontal wind divergence, the QBO and especially to equatorial waves. Our results increase the knowledge about the observed properties of the tropical TIL, mainly using satellite GPS radio-occultation measurements.
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