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Volume 16, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6681–6699, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-6681-2016
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Special issue: The SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) (ACP/ESSD...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6681–6699, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-6681-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 02 Jun 2016

Research article | 02 Jun 2016

Representation of the tropical stratospheric zonal wind in global atmospheric reanalyses

Yoshio Kawatani et al.

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This paper compares the representation of the monthly-mean zonal wind in the equatorial stratosphere among major global atmospheric reanalysis data sets. Differences among reanalysis display a prominent equatorial maximum, indicating the particularly challenging nature of the reanalysis problem in the low-latitude stratosphere. Our study confirms that the high accuracy in situ wind measurements have provided important constraints to reanalyses of circulation in the tropical stratosphere.
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