On the control of stratospheric humidity Academic Article uri icon


  • We present a hypothesis on the dehydration and transfer of air from the tropical troposphere into the stratosphere. The hypothesis is based on the existence of a thick 'tropopause layer', in which vertical and horizontal mixing are both significant. Air is rapidly dehydrated upon entering this layer in vigorous convective overshoots, then slowly ascends through the layer before fully entering the stratosphere. Dehydration and genuine entry into the stratosphere are separate processes that happen on much different time scales.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Sherwood, S. C., & Dessler, A. E.

citation count

  • 206

complete list of authors

  • Sherwood, SC||Dessler, AE

publication date

  • August 2000