Articles | Volume 18, issue 18
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13547–13579, 2018

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13547–13579, 2018

Research article 25 Sep 2018

Research article | 25 Sep 2018

Reanalysis intercomparisons of stratospheric polar processing diagnostics

Zachary D. Lawrence et al.

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Stratospheric polar processing diagnostics are compared in both hemispheres for four recent high-resolution reanalyses. Temperature-based diagnostics show largest differences before 1999 in the Antarctic; agreement becomes much better thereafter, when the reanalysis inputs include higher-resolution satellite radiances. Recommendations for usage of reanalysis data in research studies are given based on the differences among the reanalyses, which can be substantial and difficult to interpret.
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