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Minor constituents in the stratosphere and mesosphere


This paper is a brief survey of a portion of the research on trace constituents in the stratosphere and mesosphere between 1971 and 1974. A primary motivation for much of the stratospheric research came from the realization that man's activities may influence global climate and the atmospheric ozone content, our shield against certain UV wavelengths. A great deal of progress has been reported in understanding both the present background stratosphere and the responses to be expected from additions of nitrogen oxides, water, and chlorine oxides, especially with respect to ozone. Trace constituents in the mesosphere have been modeled and measured to increase our understanding of the physics and chemistry of the mesosphere but also to relate mesospheric composition and transport to ionospheric processes at higher altitudes, to D region ion chemistry, and to upper stratospheric composition. Copyright © 1975 by the American Geophysical Union.

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