Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Research article
06 Dec 2016
Research article |  | 06 Dec 2016

Long-term dynamics of OH * temperatures over central Europe: trends and solar correlations

Christoph Kalicinsky, Peter Knieling, Ralf Koppmann, Dirk Offermann, Wolfgang Steinbrecht, and Johannes Wintel

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The analysis of temperatures in the mesopause region between 1988 to 2015 shows, besides the known correlation with the 11-year solar activity cycle, a trend reversal in 2008 that can be described by a long-term oscillation. Understanding such long periodic oscillations in the atmosphere is of prime importance for climate modelling and predictions of future trends.
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