Geophysical Research Letters
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 The response of the equatorial quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) to zonal-mean ozone perturbations consistent with the 11-year solar cycle is examined using a 2 1/2 dimensional model of the tropical stratosphere. Unique to this model are wave-ozone feedbacks, which provide a new, nonlinear pathway for communicating solar variability effects to the QBO. Model simulations show that for zonal-mean ozone perturbations representative of solar maximum (minimum), the diabatic heating due to the wave-ozone feedbacks is primarily responsible for driving a slightly stronger (weaker) QBO circulation and producing a slightly shorter (longer) QBO period. These results, which are explained via an analytical analysis of the divergence of Eliassen-palm flux, are in general agreement with observations of quasi-decadal variability of the QBO.
Eugene C. Cordero and Terrence R. Nathan. "A New Pathway for Communicating the 11-year Solar Cycle Signal to the QBO" Geophysical Research Letters (2005). https://doi.org/10.1029/2005GL023696
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This article originally appeared in Geophysical Research Letters in Volume 32, Issue 18 and can be found online at this link