Solar Absorption in a Stratosphere Perturbed by NOx Injection

Science  02 Apr 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4234, pp. 49-51
DOI: 10.1126/science.192.4234.49


The changes in the solar absorption by nitrogen dioxide and ozone induced by the injection of NOx (oxides of nitrogen) in the stratosphere are complementary, even though the nitrogen dioxide absorption is only a small fraction of the ozone absorption for an unperturbed stratosphere. The factors causing this effect are described, and an analysis is made of the perturbed solar radiation budget.