Stratospheric Wave Spectra Resembling Turbulence

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Science  25 May 1979:
Vol. 204, Issue 4395, pp. 832-835
DOI: 10.1126/science.204.4395.832


Pollution effects on ozone raise the question of the significance of turbulence in vertical transport in the stratosphere. The aircraft in situ measurements of velocity fluctuations previously employed to estimate turbulence transport were, it is hypothesized, due to atmospheric waves, despite their classical turbulence spectrum. This new hypothesis implies that previous turbulence estimates are invalid. Experimental tests are suggested.