Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 13267–13282, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-13267-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 13267–13282, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-13267-2020

Research article 10 Nov 2020

Research article | 10 Nov 2020

The response of stratospheric water vapor to climate change driven by different forcing agents

Xun Wang and Andrew E. Dessler

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We investigate the response of stratospheric water vapor (SWV) to different forcing agents, including greenhouse gases and aerosols. For most forcing agents, the SWV response is dominated by a slow response, which is coupled to surface temperature changes and exhibits a similar sensitivity to the surface temperature across all forcing agents. The fast SWV adjustment due to forcing is important when the forcing agent directly heats the cold-point region, e.g., black carbon.
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