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Weakening of Antarctic stratospheric planetary wave activities in early austral spring since the early 2000s: a response to sea surface temperature trends
- Final revised paper (published on 01 Feb 2022)
- Supplement to the final revised paper
- Preprint (discussion started on 01 Jun 2021)
- Supplement to the preprint
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
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RC1: 'Comment on acp-2021-395', Lei Wang, 26 Jun 2021
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Yihang Hu, 06 Sep 2021
RC2: 'Comment on acp-2021-395', Anonymous Referee #2, 17 Jul 2021
- AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Yihang Hu, 06 Sep 2021
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
AR by Yihang Hu on behalf of the Authors (03 Oct 2021)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Nov 2021) by Timothy J. Dunkerton
AR by Yihang Hu on behalf of the Authors (21 Nov 2021)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Dec 2021) by Timothy J. Dunkerton
The manuscript "Weakening of Antarctic Stratospheric Planetary Wave Activities in Early Austral Spring Since the Early 2000s: A Response to Sea Surface Temperature Trends" by Drs. Hu et al. identified a decreasing trend in the September Antarctic stratospheric wave activity since early 2000s and attribute it to the SST trends in the tropics and southern hemisphere. The modelling evidence presented in the manuscipt well supports their conclusions and the paper is loggically organized. It is thus recommended to be considered for publication after addressing the following comments:
First of all, a positive trend in the September Antarctic stratospheric wave activity is evident before 2000s (Fig.2). It would be a more complete study to also simulate the 1980-2000 period similarly to better attribute and contrast the positive trend to the negtative trend in the later period, as previous studies (e.g., Hu and Fu 2009) mostly use statistical methods for the attribution. This might require too much time and resource to complete and is thus only a suggestion.
Second, there is usually a time lage for the extropoical atmospheric circulation to respond to the tropical SST anomaly. The authors might need to justify whether it is reasonable to use September SST to drive the extratropical atmospheric circulation for the same month.
Last, it would be nice to show the simulated EP-flux time series as in Fig.2 but forced by SSTs to visualize how significant that is compared with the EP-flux trends in reanalysis datasets. Previous studies (e.g, Wang and Waugh 2012, https://doi.org/10.1029/2011JD017130) found that the extratropical stratospheric wave acitivity trend is difficult to capture using model simulations with small ensembles. It might help to illustrate the benifit of using large ensembles as in this study.