Impact of Stratospheric Ozone Zonal Asymmetries on the Tropospheric Circulation

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015
Olga V. Tweedy, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and D. Waugh, L. Oman, and F. Li

The depletion and recovery of Antarctic ozone plays a major role in changes of Southern Hemisphere (SH) tropospheric climate. Recent studies indicate that the lack of polar ozone asymmetries in chemistry climate models (CCM) leads to a weaker and warmer Antarctic vortex, and smaller trends in the tropospheric mid-latitude jet and the surface pressure. However, the tropospheric response to ozone asymmetries is not well understood. In this study we report on a series of integrations of the Goddard Earth Observing System Chemistry Climate Model (GEOS CCM) to further examine the effect of zonal asymmetries on the state of the stratosphere and troposphere. Integrations with the full, interactive stratospheric chemistry are compared against identical simulations using the same CCM except that (1) the monthly-mean zonal-mean stratospheric ozone from first simulation is prescribed and (2) ozone is relaxed to the monthly- mean zonal-mean ozone on a three day time scale. To analyze the tropospheric response to ozone asymmetries, we examine trends and quantify the differences in temperatures, zonal wind and surface pressure among the integrations.