The Stratosphere

Phenomena, History, and Relevance

  • Karin G. Labitzke
  • Harry van Loon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 1-42
  3. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 43-68
  4. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 69-102
  5. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 103-112
  6. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 113-144
  7. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 145-164
  8. Karin G. Labitzke, Harry van Loon
    Pages 165-169
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 171-180

About this book


This book is intended not only for meteorologists but also for scientists in other fields, for teachers, and for interested lay persons who do not want to acquaint themselves with its topics through an academic textbook. In addition to painting a picture of the stratosphere, we want to show how the approach to an understanding of Nature's complex structure of tell is along; winding, unexpected paths. At the beginning of the 20th century observations were accumulating which were essential to understanding climate and its variability. but they could not be treated systematically because important links were missing. among them the realization that there is a stratosphere or an ozone layer. When, however, one reads the scientific papers from the turn of the century and judges them on the basis of our present knowledge --which llndoubtedlr is still incomplete - one must admire the early workers in this field for the care and imagination with which they approached the subject. The discoveries we describe in this book have been important to the progress of meteorology; and it is apposite here to quote Kuhn (1962) on the course science normally takes after a discovery.


History Meteorology Phenomena Relevance Southern Oscillation Troposphere Weather map atmosphere climate climatology global circulation ozone ozone layer stratosphere temperature

Authors and affiliations

  • Karin G. Labitzke
    • 1
  • Harry van Loon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für MeteorologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)BoulderUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-63637-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-58541-8
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