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Breakdown of the Polar Stratospheric Vortex
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Abstract: In early winter, cold temperatures result in the formation of a strong
circumpolar flow in the stratosphere, known as the polar night vortex,
producing favorable conditions for ozone depletion.

The breakdown of the Stratospheric Polar Night Vortex is an atmospheric event
that occurs once or twice each year in the polar wintertime stratosphere. As
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  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: R.Saravanan (scientist), Lorenzo Polvani (scientist), John Clyne (animator), Mark Taylor (animator), Dave Kennison (animator)
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Use Constraints Copyright 2002, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23