The ineffectiveness of Joule heating in the stratosphere

Jarvis, M.J.. 2010 The ineffectiveness of Joule heating in the stratosphere. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, 72 (14-15). 1110-1113.

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Several papers have recently invoked Joule heating in the stratosphere, generated from electric currents induced by solar wind interactions with Earth, as possibly playing a significant role in warming the polar stratosphere. This commentary assesses the accuracy of that contention and demonstrates that in situ Joule heating can take no significant part in warming the stratosphere, and thus cannot be used to suggest a link between stratospheric temperatures and solar activity. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: BAS Programmes > Polar Science for Planet Earth (2009 - ) > Climate
ISSN: 1364-6826
Additional Keywords: Stratosphere; Joule heating; Solar wind; Lightning
NORA Subject Terms: Meteorology and Climatology
Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 05 Oct 2010 11:20 +0 (UTC)

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