Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4337–4353, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4337-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 4337–4353, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-4337-2017

Research article 30 Mar 2017

Research article | 30 Mar 2017

Role of vertical and horizontal mixing in the tape recorder signal near the tropical tropopause

Anne A. Glanville and Thomas Birner

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Nearly all air enters the stratosphere through the tropical tropopause, which exerts a control on stratospheric chemistry and climate. By combining satellite observations with a simple 1-D transport model, we study the roles of vertical and horizontal mixing in transport near the tropical tropopause. We find that vertical mixing may play a more significant role than previously assumed, which is potentially as important as slow vertical transport by the residual mass circulation.
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