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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 10195-10213, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-10195-2016
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Research article
11 Aug 2016
Seasonal and inter-annual variability of lower stratospheric age of air spectra
Felix Ploeger and Thomas Birner
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AR by Felix Ploeger on behalf of the Authors (03 Jun 2016)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (18 Jun 2016) by Peter Haynes
RR by Eric Ray (23 Jun 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (30 Jun 2016)  
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (30 Jun 2016)
ED: Publish as is (06 Jul 2016) by Peter Haynes  
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We investigate the aging of air in the stratosphere caused by transport due to Brewer's circulation, using the Boundary Impulse Evolving Response (BIER) method. The age spectra show multiple peaks caused by the seasonal and inter-annual variations of transport. The modal age is controlled by the residual circulation in the tropics and winter hemisphere extratropics and by mixing in the summer hemisphere. Analysis of the full age spectrum is strongly recommended for model inter-comparisons.
We investigate the aging of air in the stratosphere caused by transport due to Brewer's...
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