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Volume 16, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 101–121, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-101-2016
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Special issue: Limb observations of the middle atmosphere by space- and airborne...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 101–121, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-101-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 15 Jan 2016

Research article | 15 Jan 2016

Sensitivity of polar stratospheric cloud formation to changes in water vapour and temperature

F. Khosrawi et al.
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ED: Reconsider after minor revisions (Editor review) (04 Dec 2015) by Christian von Savigny
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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (15 Dec 2015) by Christian von Savigny
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Our sensitivity studies based on air parcel trajectories confirm that Polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) formation is quite sensitive to water vapour and temperature changes. Considering water vapour time series from satellite measurements we do not find a consistent, significant trend in water vapour in the lower stratosphere during the past 15 years (2000–2014). Thus, the severe dentrification observed in 2010/2011 cannot be directly related to increases in stratospheric water vapour.
Our sensitivity studies based on air parcel trajectories confirm that Polar stratospheric cloud...
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