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Stratospheric CIO and ozone from the Microwave Limb Sounder on the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite

Nature volume 362, pages 597602 (15 April 1993) | Download Citation

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Concentrations of atmospheric ozone and of CIO (the predominant form of reactive chlorine responsible for stratospheric ozone depletion) are reported for both the Arctic and Antarctic winters of the past 18 months. Chlorine in the lower stratosphere was almost completely converted to chemically reactive forms in both the northern and southern polar winter vortices. This occurred in the south long before the development of the Antarctic ozone hole, suggesting that ozone loss can be masked by influx of ozone-rich air.

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    • R. S. Harwood

    Department of Meteorology, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ, UK.

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  1. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91109, USA

    • J. W. Waters
    • , L. Froidevaux
    • , W. G. Read
    • , G. L. Manney
    • , L. S. Elson
    • , D. A. Flower
    • , R. F. Jarnot
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