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Stratospheric warmings: Synoptic, dynamic and general-circulation aspectsSynoptic descriptions consist largely of case studies, which involve a distinction between major and minor warmings. Results of energetics studies show the importance of tropospheric-stratospheric interaction, and the significance of the pressure-work term near the tropopause. Theoretical studies have suggested the role of wave-zonal flow interaction as well as nonlinear interaction between eddies, chemical and photochemical reactions, boundary forcing, and other factors. Numerical models have been based on such considerations, and these are discussed under various categories. Some indication is given as to why some of the models have been more successful than others in simulating warnings. The question of ozone and its role in warmings is briefly discussed. Finally, a broad view is taken of stratospheric warmings in relation to man's activities.
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Legacy CDMS
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Other - NASA Reference Publication (RP)
Mcinturff, R. M.
(National Meteorological Center Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1978
Subject Category
Meteorology And Climatology
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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