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Comment on “Large Volcanic Aerosol Load in the Stratosphere Linked to Asian...

Jean-Paul, J., L. W. Thomason, T. D. Fairlie, P. Minnis, R. Palikonda, and K. Bedka (2013), Comment on “Large Volcanic Aerosol Load in the Stratosphere Linked to Asian Monsoon Transport”, Science, 339, 647-d, doi:10.1126/science.1227817.

Bourassa et al. (Reports, 6 July 2012, p. 78) have suggested that deep convection associated with the Asian monsoon played a critical role in transporting sulfur dioxide associated with the Nabro volcanic eruption (13 June 2011) from the upper troposphere (9 to 14 kilometers) into the lower stratosphere. An analysis of the CALIPSO lidar data indicates, however, that the main part of the Nabro volcanic plume was injected directly into the lower stratosphere during the initial eruption well before reaching the Asian monsoon deep convective region.

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