'Like a giant elevator to the stratosphere:' Newly discovered atmospheric layer may impact earth's climate
4 April, 2014
Date: April 4, 2014
Source: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research
An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unknown atmospheric phenomenon over the tropical West Pacific. Like in a giant elevator to the stratosphere, many chemical compounds emitted at the ground pass unfiltered through the so-called 'detergent layer' of the atmosphere, known as the 'OH shield.' The newly discovered phenomenon over the South Seas boosts ozone depletion in the polar regions and could have a significant influence on the future climate of the Earth.