Ozone Heating Impacts on the Lower Atmosphere Hemispheric Wave Pattern as a Mechanism for Climate Change


Author:   Al Powell
Affiliation: NOAA / NESDIS / Office of Research and Applications


            A case will be made for how ozone heating can impact the hemispheric wave pattern in the lower atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere).  A mechanism will be defined in terms of the varying solar UV flux and its relationship to the lower atmosphere’s long waves through changing atmospheric stability. As the solar UV flux varies, the subsequent absorption by ozone changes the stability in the lower atmosphere and induces the energy in the atmospheric waves to change its distribution. The resulting wave-energy distribution change is the author’s proposed mechanism for possible global climate change. Examples of a preliminary analysis to show this effect will be presented to substantiate the proposed mechanism. The preliminary analysis will concentrate on changes in the lower atmosphere’s wave pattern at 200 mb as influenced by the solar UV variation due primarily to solar rotation effects.