The correspondence between artificial air mass tracers initialized in the ASM / NASM regions (colored contours) and tape recorder signatures in Aura MLS H2 (black overlays) shows that monsoons strongly influence the seasonal cycle of stratospheric water vapor.
Technical description of figure:
Figures 5 and 6 of above reference. (top) Potential temperature–time sections during July 2010 to June 2014 of zonal-mean monsoon Air mass Origin Fraction (AOF: color shading) between 15S and 15N released in the 350–360 K (a, b) and 370–380 K (c, d) layers within the ASM (a, c) and NASM (b, d) based on CLaMS simulations. Grey dashed lines mark the 400 K level. (bottom) Zonal-mean AOF concentrations (color shading) for the ASM (a, c) and NASM (b, d) tracers initialized at 350–360 K (a, b) and 370–380 K (c, d) as functions of time and latitude on the 400 K isentropic surface based on CLaMS. (both) Tape-recorder signals calculated from Aura MLS water vapor (in ppmv) with the annual average from each year removed are shown as black contours for context. Note that the tracer is set to zero everywhere on 1 July of each year.
Scientific significance, societal relevance, and relationships to future missions:
The circulations associated with the Asian and North American summer monsoons transport large quantities of water vapor and surface pollutants into the lower stratosphere and profoundly affect atmospheric composition and climate both locally and globally. Although transport to the UTLS via the ASM has been well studied in recent years, the impact of the NASM has received comparatively less attention. This study quantitatively addresses three questions of scientific and societal significance: (1) How does transport from the ASM and NASM regions affect stratospheric composition? (2) How large are contributions from the ASM and NASM regions to the stratosphere relative to contributions from the inner tropics? (3) From which levels within the ASM and NASM regions do the most effective transport pathways to the stratosphere originate? Although the Swedish Stratospheric Inferred Winds (SIW) satellite scheduled for launch in 2022 will measure profiles of H2, no concrete plans for future measurements of the other constituents of relevance for the summer monsoons used in this study (CO and HCN) currently exist.
Simulations from the Chemical Lagrangian Model of the Stratosphere (CLaMS), driven by both ERA-Interim and MERRA-2 reanalyses, are available from the first author upon request. Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment Fourier Transform Spectrometer (ACE-FTS) version 3.6 measurements of HCN are available at http://www.ace.uwaterloo.ca/data.php. Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) version 4.2 measurements of CO and H2 are available at http://disc.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/Aura/dataholdings/MLS/index.shtml.
References: X. Yan, P. Konopka, F. Ploeger, A. Podglajen, J.S. Wright, R. Müller, and M. Riese, The efficiency of transport into the stratosphere via the Asian and North American summer monsoon circulations, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, doi:10. 5194/acp-19-15629-2019, 2019.