Stratospheric Ozone Effects on Temperature

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Science  07 May 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4239, pp. 557-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.192.4239.557


Calculated surface temperature changes, ΔT8, due to stratospheric ozone depletion (at 35°N latitude in April) are less than previously estimated and range between –0.6 and +0.9°K. The sign of ΔT8, is determined by the surface albedo and the presence or absence of a low-lying particulate layer (heating with particles, cooling without particles). The calculations indicate that a 90 percent stratospheric ozone depletion does not cause the temperature inversion at the tropopause to vanish, although it is weakened substantially.