Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 979–994, 2011

Special issue: Results from the field experiments in the Reactive Halogens...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 979–994, 2011

Research article 02 Feb 2011

Research article | 02 Feb 2011

Modelling multi-phase halogen chemistry in the coastal marine boundary layer: investigation of the relative importance of local chemistry vs. long-range transport

D. Lowe1, J. Ryder1,2, R. Leigh3,*, J. R. Dorsey1, and G. McFiggans1 D. Lowe et al.
  • 1Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
  • 2Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Midlothian, EH26 0QB, UK
  • 3Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK
  • *now at: Crichton Carbon Centre, Crichton University Campus, Dumfries, DG1 4ZL, UK

Abstract. Measurements of significant concentrations of IO, I2 and BrO in a semi-polluted coast environment at Roscoff, in North-West France, have been made as part of the Reactive Halogens in the Marine Boundary Layer (RHaMBLe) campaign undertaken in September 2006. We use a one-dimensional column model, with idealised I2 emissions predicted using macroalgael maps and tidal data from the littoral area surrounding Roscoff, to investigate the probable causes for these observations. The coupled microphysical and chemical aerosol model simulates mixed-phase halogen chemistry using two separate particle modes, seasalt and non-seasalt, each comprising of eight size-sections. This work confirms the finding of a previous study that the BrO measurements are most likely caused by unknown, local sources. We find that the remote observations of IO and I2 are best replicated using the I2 recycling mechanism suggested by previous studies, but that such a mechanism is not wholly necessary. However in-situ measurements of I2 can only be explained by invoking an I2 recycling mechanism. We suggest that focussed observations of the changes in NOx and NOy concentrations, as well as changes in the nitrate fraction of the non-seasalt aerosol mode, in the presence of I2 bursts could be used to determine the atmospheric relevance of the predicted I2 recycling mechanism.

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