Unique Transport Diagnostics from Airborne In Situ Trace Gas Measurements
E. Ray1, F. Moore1, K. Rosenlof1 and J. Elkins2
1Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309; 303-497-7628, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO 80305
We describe several unique transport diagnostics based on in situ trace gas measurements from aircraft and balloon platforms. These transport diagnostics include quantifying the fraction of air in the upper troposphere and lowermost stratosphere (UT/LS) that has come from the stratospheric ‘overworld’, calculating transport time scales and surface origins of air in the UT/LS and estimating multi-year to multi-decadal changes in the stratospheric mean meridional circulation and horizontal mixing. These diagnostics have relevance for understanding a number of important processes in the atmosphere and are particularly important to compare to global chemistry-climate model output.