Another Drop in Water Vapor
Journal article, 2014

In 2000 a sudden severe drop in stratospheric water vapor levels interrupted the supposed long-term increase of this greenhouse gas, an important contributor to global warming and climate variability. Satellite sensors observed a recovery in the following years, hidden behind a large variability. More recently, during 2011 and 2012, measurements revealed another severe drop in stratospheric water vapor concentrations.

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Joachim Urban

Chalmers, Earth and Space Sciences, Global Environmental Measurements and Modelling

S. Lossow

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

G. Stiller

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

W.G. Read

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology


0096-3941 (ISSN) 2324-9250 (eISSN)

Vol. 95 27 245-246

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