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ACP | Articles | Volume 19, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 921-940, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-921-2019
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 921-940, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-921-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 24 Jan 2019

Research article | 24 Jan 2019

The influence of mixing on the stratospheric age of air changes in the 21st century

Roland Eichinger et al.
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To shed more light upon the changes in stratospheric circulation in the 21st century, climate projection simulations of 10 state-of-the-art global climate models, spanning from 1960 to 2100, are analyzed. The study shows that in addition to changes in transport, mixing also plays an important role in stratospheric circulation and that the properties of mixing vary over time. Furthermore, the influence of mixing is quantified and a dynamical framework is provided to understand the changes.
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