Articles | Volume 18, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2973–2983, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-2973-2018

Special issue: StratoClim stratospheric and upper tropospheric processes...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 2973–2983, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-2973-2018

Research article 01 Mar 2018

Research article | 01 Mar 2018

Water vapor increase in the lower stratosphere of the Northern Hemisphere due to the Asian monsoon anticyclone observed during the TACTS/ESMVal campaigns

Christian Rolf et al.

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The Asian monsoon is a pronounced circulation system linked to rapid vertical transport of surface air from India and east Asia in the summer months. We found, based on aircraft measurements, higher concentration of water vapor in the lowermost stratosphere caused by the Asian monsoon. Enrichment of water vapor concentrations in the lowermost stratosphere impacts the radiation budget and thus climate. Understanding those variations in water vapor is important for climate projections.
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