Articles | Volume 16, issue 10
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6131–6152, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-6131-2016

Special issue: The SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) (ACP/ESSD...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6131–6152, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-6131-2016

Research article 20 May 2016

Research article | 20 May 2016

Inter-comparison of stratospheric mean-meridional circulation and eddy mixing among six reanalysis data sets

Kazuyuki Miyazaki et al.

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We report a comparison of the stratospheric mean-meridional circulation and eddy mixing in the stratospheric Brewer-Dobson circulation (BDC) among the six reanalysis products. Overall, discrepancies between the different variables and trends therein as derived from the different reanalyses are still relatively large, suggesting that more investments in these products are needed in order to obtain a consolidated picture of observed changes in the BDC and the mechanisms that drive them.
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