Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8331–8351, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8331-2018

Special issue: Water vapour in the upper troposphere and middle atmosphere:...

Special issue: The Modular Earth Submodel System (MESSy) (ACP/GMD inter-journal...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 8331–8351, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8331-2018

Research article 14 Jun 2018

Research article | 14 Jun 2018

Trend differences in lower stratospheric water vapour between Boulder and the zonal mean and their role in understanding fundamental observational discrepancies

Stefan Lossow et al.

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AR by Stefan Lossow on behalf of the Authors (22 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (03 May 2018) by Stefan Buehler
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (04 May 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (08 May 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (09 May 2018) by Stefan Buehler
AR by Stefan Lossow on behalf of the Authors (13 May 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (17 May 2018) by Stefan Buehler
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Trend estimates of lower stratospheric H2O derived from the FPH observations at Boulder and a merged zonal mean satellite data set clearly differ for the time period from the late 1980s to 2010. We investigate if a sampling bias between Boulder and the zonal mean around the Boulder latitude can explain these trend discrepancies. Typically they are small and not sufficient to explain the trend discrepancies in the observational database.
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