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Geophysical Monograph Series



  • Stratosphere
  • Whirlwinds
  • Dynamic meteorology
  • solaractivity
  • stratosphericozone
  • UVradiation
  • stratosphere-tropospherecoupling
  • solarspectralirradiance
  • solarheating

Index Terms

  • 0340 Atmospheric Composition and Structure: Middle atmosphere: composition and chemistry
  • 1650 Global Change: Solar variability
  • 3359 Atmospheric Processes: Radiative processes
  • 3362 Atmospheric Processes: Stratosphere/troposphere interactions



Solar variability and the stratosphere

J. D. Haigh

The absorption of solar radiation in the atmosphere is considered, focusing on its spectral composition as it travels downward through the stratosphere. The evidence for variations in solar radiative output is reviewed, and how these impact heating rates and ozone concentrations is examined. The signal of solar variability in the stratosphere, as found in observational data and model simulations, is described, and the mechanisms whereby these signals are produced are discussed. Finally, the potential for a solar impact on the stratosphere to influence tropospheric climate through dynamical coupling is considered.

Citation: Haigh, J. D. (2010), Solar variability and the stratosphere, in The Stratosphere: Dynamics, Transport, and Chemistry, Geophys. Monogr. Ser., vol. 190, edited by L. M. Polvani, A. H. Sobel, and D. W. Waugh, pp. 173–187, AGU, Washington, D. C., doi:10.1029/2010GM000937.

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