A Caltech Library Service

Photochemistry and Transport of Carbon Monoxide in the Middle Atmosphere

Solomon, S. and Garcia, R. R. and Olivero, J. J. and Bevilacqua, R. M. and Schwartz, P. R. and Clancy, R. T. and Muhleman, D. O. (1985) Photochemistry and Transport of Carbon Monoxide in the Middle Atmosphere. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 42 (10). pp. 1072-1083. ISSN 0022-4928. doi:10.1175/1520-0469(1985)042<1072:PATOCM>2.0.CO;2.

PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


Two-dimensional model calculations of the photochemistry and transport of carbon monoxide in the stratosphere, mesosphere, and lower thermosphere are presented. Results are compared to available observations at midlatitudes, where both observation and theory suggest that mesospheric CO abundances are larger on average in winter than in summer. The calculations also indicate that extremely large densities of CO should be found in the polar night mesosphere and upper stratosphere, but at present no high-latitude data are available for direct comparison. However, it is suggested that such a latitudinal distribution implies that the midlatitude region can exhibit unusually large abundances of CO under conditions of large-scale planetary wave activity. Two midlatitude observations during late January 1982 am shown to be consistent with this possibility.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
Garcia, R. R.0000-0002-6963-4592
Additional Information:© 1985 American Meteorological Society. (Manuscript received September 26, 1984, in final form January 16, 1985) S. Solomon is partly supported by a grant from the Defense Nuclear Agency. We are grateful to J.M. Zawodny for use of his trajectory analysis program and to M. Gelman of NMC for kindly sending needed meteorlogical data tapes. We thank J. Kasting and two anonymous reviewers for their very helpful comments.
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Defense Nuclear AgencyUNSPECIFIED
National Center for Atmospheric ResearchUNSPECIFIED
National Science FoundationUNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:10
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:SOLjas85
Persistent URL:
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:11675
Deposited By: Archive Administrator
Deposited On:18 Sep 2008 05:41
Last Modified:08 Nov 2021 22:01

Repository Staff Only: item control page