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Vertical Couplings

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Science  11 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5421, pp. 1783-1785
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5421.1783

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Atmospheric scientists recognize increasingly that Earth's atmosphere must be viewed as an integrated system, with chemical, dynamical, and radiative coupling between the horizontal layers such as the troposphere and the stratosphere that have traditionally been studied in separation. Summers (page 1783) reports from a recent conference where advances in understanding the coupling between the middle atmosphere, consisting of the stratosphere and the mesosphere, and the layers above and below were reported.