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Ozone Heating and the Destabilization of Traveling Waves During Summer
Geophysical Research Letters (1994)
  • Terrence R. Nathan, University of California - Davis
  • Eugene Cordero, University of California - Davis
  • Long Li, University of California - Davis

The effects of ozone heating on the linear stability of lower stratospheric traveling waves of the summertime, extratropical circulation are examined. Based on coupled equations for the quasigeostrophic potential vorticity and ozone volume mixing ratio, it is shown that the diabatic heating arising from ozone advection can offset the damping due to Newtonian cooling, leading to wave amplification and significant changes in the structure and zonally rectified fluxes of the wave fields in both the lower stratosphere and troposphere. The vertical profile of the zonal mean wind plays a crucial role in determining whether the ozone heating destabilizes eastward and/or westward traveling disturbances.

Publication Date
July, 1994
Publisher Statement
This article originally appeared in in Volume 21, Issue 14 and can be found online at this link.
Citation Information
Terrence R. Nathan, Eugene Cordero and Long Li. "Ozone Heating and the Destabilization of Traveling Waves During Summer" Geophysical Research Letters Vol. 21 Iss. 14 (1994)
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