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Simulation of the isotopic composition of stratospheric water vapour - Part 2: Investigation of HDO/H2O variations

Eichinger, R.; Jöckel, P.; Lossow, S

Studying the isotopic composition of water vapour in the lower stratosphere can reveal the driving mechanisms of changes in the stratospheric water vapour budget and therefore help to explain the trends and variations of stratospheric water vapour during recent decades. We equipped a global chemistry climate model with a description of the water isotopologue HDO, comprising its physical and chemical fractionation effects throughout the hydrological cycle. We use this model to improve our understanding of the processes which determine the patterns in the stratospheric water isotope composition and in the water vapour budget itself. The link between the water vapour budget and its isotopic composition in the tropical stratosphere is presented through their correlation in a simulated 21-year time series. The two quantities depend on the same processes; however, they are influenced with different strengths. A sensitivity experiment shows that fractionation effects during the oxidation of methane have a damping effect on the stratospheric tape recorder signal in the water isotope ratio. Moreover, the chemically produced high water isotop ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/acp-15-7003-2015
ISSN: 1680-7316, 1680-7324
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-580386
KITopen ID: 1000058038
HGF-Programm 12.04.05; LK 01
Erschienen in Atmospheric chemistry and physics
Band 15
Heft 12
Seiten 7003-7015
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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