Articles | Volume 16, issue 13
Research article
06 Jul 2016
Research article |  | 06 Jul 2016

The millennium water vapour drop in chemistry–climate model simulations

Sabine Brinkop, Martin Dameris, Patrick Jöckel, Hella Garny, Stefan Lossow, and Gabriele Stiller


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AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (24 Mar 2016)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (07 Apr 2016) by Peter Haynes
RR by Stephan Fueglistaler (22 Apr 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (24 Apr 2016)
ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (12 May 2016) by Peter Haynes
AR by Sabine Brinkop on behalf of the Authors (25 May 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (11 Jun 2016) by Peter Haynes
Short summary
This study investigates the water vapour decline in the stratosphere beginning in the year 2000 and other similarly strong stratospheric water vapour reductions. The driving forces are tropical sea surface temperature (SST) changes due to coincidence with a preceding ENSO event and supported by the west to east change of the QBO. There are indications that both SSTs and the specific dynamical state of the atmosphere contribute to the long period of low water vapour values from 2001 to 2006.
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