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Research article
24 May 2018
Research article |  | 24 May 2018

Interannual variability in the gravity wave drag – vertical coupling and possible climate links

Petr Šácha, Jiri Miksovsky, and Petr Pisoft

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The paper investigates variability in the gravity wave drag in the stratosphere in connection with climate phenomena like the El Niño–Southern Oscillation. This link represents a possible mechanism of tropospheric influence on the higher atmospheric layers, a mechanism of utmost importance that has not been studied in detail yet. The results illustrate that there are indeed significant changes in the gravity wave drag distribution and strength depending on the phase of the studied oscillations.
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