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Influence of the upper stratosphere on polar vortex variability

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The polar vortex is a band of strong westerly winds that forms each winter and encircles the pole, high up in the atmosphere in a region known as the stratosphere. However this band of winds is not stable in the northern hemisphere, and often dramatically disintegrates in events known as sudden stratospheric warmings (SSWs). When SSWs happen they influence the weather occurring below, often leading to cold winters for northern Europe. SSWs are driven by the vertical propagation of waves fr...

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MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
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University of Oxford
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UK Met Office
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Type of award:
MSc by Research
Level of award:
Masters
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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