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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18531-2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18531-2021
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A simple model of ozone–temperature coupling in the tropical lower stratosphere

William J. Randel, Fei Wu, Alison Ming, and Peter Hitchcock

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Balloon and satellite observations show strong coupling between large-scale ozone and temperature fields in the tropical lower stratosphere, spanning timescales of days to years. We present a simple interpretation of this behavior based on an idealized model of transport by the tropical stratospheric circulation, and good quantitative agreement with observations demonstrates that this is a useful simplification. The results provide simple understanding of observed atmospheric behavior.
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