Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 541–560, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-541-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 541–560, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-541-2016

Research article 19 Jan 2016

Research article | 19 Jan 2016

The tropopause inversion layer in baroclinic life-cycle experiments: the role of diabatic processes

D. Kunkel et al.

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By conducting various simulations of dry and moist baroclinic life cycles, we aimed to improve the understanding of whether dynamical or diabatic processes are more relevant to form a tropopause inversion layer at midlatitudes. Most importantly, our experiments highlighted the role of different moisture related processes for the formation and evolution of the tropopause inversion layer with varying relevance and strength in different phases of the baroclinic life cycles.
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