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Arctic oscillation excitation by torsional oscillations


The mechanism of the Arctic oscillation (AO) occurrence is yet to be explained. The work considers the hypothesis of external excitation of the AO by zonal wind variations over the range of 15–20 days. Such variations often occurring in the troposphere near the Pole propagate towards the low latitudes and the stratosphere induce the variations of the AO index and affect the dynamics of the stratospheric Polar vortex. Largescale disturbances with the structure similar to that of the long barotropic Rossby waves are responsible for zonal-mean wind variations.

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Original Russian Text © V.I. Mordvinov, A.S. Ivanova, E.V. Devyatova, 2009, published in Optika Atmosfery i Okeana.

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Mordvinov, V.I., Ivanova, A.S. & Devyatova, E.V. Arctic oscillation excitation by torsional oscillations. Atmos Ocean Opt 22, 94–101 (2009).

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  • Vortex
  • Planetary Wave
  • Polar Vortex
  • Torsional Oscillation
  • Arctic Oscillation