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Putting the wind up ozone

As the Earth warms, the overturning circulation of the upper atmosphere is projected to speed up. Model simulations suggest that this will increase the flux of ozone from the stratosphere to the troposphere, and alter surface levels of ultraviolet radiation.

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Figure 1: Schematic of the Brewer–Dobson Circulation and the annual mean distribution of ozone (DU km−1).


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Stevenson, D. Putting the wind up ozone. Nature Geosci 2, 677–679 (2009).

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