Observational study of the quasi-biennial oscillation in ozone Academic Article uri icon


  • The temperature QBO is consistent with ground-based observations in the lower stratosphere but weakens with height above ~50 mbar. The ozone QBO is strong at all levels from 5 mbar into the lower stratosphere. Though the annual average total ozone QBO is quite symmetric about the equator, the oscillation is highly variable from layer to layer. The phase of the ozone QBO near the equator is consistent with that of the zonal wind and temperature in the middle and upper stratosphere, but the vertical resolution of the SBUV data in the lower stratosphere is too low to accurately represent the vertical phase of the ozone QBO in this region. Subtropical temperature and total ozone anomalies are found to be dependent on season. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geophysical Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Hollandsworth, S. M., Bowman, K. P., & McPeters, R. D

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Hollandsworth, Stacey M||Bowman, Kenneth P||McPeters, Richard D

publication date

  • January 1995