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Special Issue "Dynamics and Chemistry of the Middle and Upper Atmosphere and Its Response to External Forcing—Observations and Models"
A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Upper Atmosphere".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (5 May 2023) | Viewed by 6727
Special Issue Editors
Interests: atmospheric physics; space physics; trace-gas retrieval; inverse methods; uncertainty quantification; statistics; empirical modelling
Interests: middle atmosphere dynamics, chemistry and remote sensing; impact of snow and sea ice on subseasonal-to-seasonal forecasting
Interests: middle atmospheric chemistry and physics; limb sounding observations; trace gas retrieval; empirical modelling
Special Issue Information
In recent years, the IPCC has recognized processes in the middle and upper atmosphere above the stratopause (~50 km) as important for future climate projections. This region of the Earth's atmosphere maintains a balance between external forcings (e.g., solar radiation and particle precipitation) and the forcing emanating from the lower atmosphere in the form of planetary waves, tides and gravity waves. Quantifying how these forcings drive the general circulation of the atmosphere and control the chemical balance and its temporal and spatial variability is crucial to understanding how composition, momentum, and energy couple vertically and horizontally in the atmosphere and ionosphere. Still, many of these processes have been only quantified poorly, leading to large uncertainties in their variability. In particular, the middle and upper atmosphere’s response to external forcings, both direct and indirect, and to internal dynamical events such as sudden stratospheric warmings, is not yet completely resolved and continues to be the subject of active research.
We invite studies of the middle and upper atmosphere, both observational and related to the modelling of its dynamics and chemistry. We welcome studies of the response to external forcings such as (but not limited to) energetic particle precipitation (EPP) and solar UV variability during the solar cycle. Results comparing the solar forcing importance relative to other external forcings arising from natural variability (such as volcanic forcing) or to anthropogenic forcing are also welcome. Furthermore, we also invite contributions related to the inter-comparison of coupled climate model responses to solar forcing, as well as to the response of the coupled stratosphere–troposphere–ocean system to solar forcing
This Special Issue invites both observation-based (ground-based or satellite) and modelling contributions that concern the chemistry and dynamics of the middle and upper atmosphere with respect to:
- the treatment of EPP in chemistry-climate models
- the coupled climate system response to EPP and UV forcing
- the response to stratospheric warming events
- natural variability induced by gravity waves and tides
Dr. Stefan Bender
Dr. Yvan Orsolini
Dr. Kristell Pérot
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- solar-terrestrial physics
- solar activity
- external forcing
- particle precipitation
- whole-atmosphere models
- sudden stratospheric warming
- middle-atmosphere dynamics
- atmospheric tides
- atmospheric gravity waves
- planetary waves