Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Research article
15 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 15 Apr 2019

The global diabatic circulation of the stratosphere as a metric for the Brewer–Dobson circulation

Marianna Linz, Marta Abalos, Anne Sasha Glanville, Douglas E. Kinnison, Alison Ming, and Jessica L. Neu

Data sets

SBUV (version 8.6) data NASA GSFC

Short summary
The stratospheric circulation is important for transporting ozone and water vapor, and models of the stratosphere differ. The metrics used to compare models are inconsistent between studies and cannot be calculated from observational data. In this paper, we explore a metric for the circulation that can be calculated from observations and examine how it relates to the more commonly used metrics. We find substantial differences in the upper and lower stratosphere depending on the choice of metric.
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