Articles | Volume 19, issue 4
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2497–2526, 2019

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

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 2497–2526, 2019

Research article 27 Feb 2019

Research article | 27 Feb 2019

The SPARC water vapour assessment II: profile-to-profile and climatological comparisons of stratospheric δD(H2O) observations from satellite

Charlotta Högberg et al.

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Short summary
Five δD (H2O) data sets obtained from satellite observations have been evaluated using profile-to-profile and climatological comparisons. The focus is on stratospheric altitudes, but results from the upper troposphere to the lower mesosphere are also provided. There are clear quantitative differences in the δD ratio in key areas of scientific interest, resulting in difficulties drawing robust conclusions on atmospheric processes affecting the water vapour budget and distribution.
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