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Volume 15, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 583–593, 2015
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 583–593, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Jan 2015

Research article | 16 Jan 2015

Iodine oxide in the global marine boundary layer

C. Prados-Roman1, C. A. Cuevas1, T. Hay1, R. P. Fernandez1,*, A. S. Mahajan1,**, S.-J. Royer2, M. Galí2,***, R. Simó2, J. Dachs3, K. Großmann4, D. E. Kinnison5, J.-F. Lamarque5, and A. Saiz-Lopez1 C. Prados-Roman et al.
  • 1Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Group, Institute of Physical Chemistry Rocasolano (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
  • 2Institute of Marine Sciences (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 3Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 4Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 5Atmospheric Division, NCAR, Boulder, CO, USA
  • *now at: National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), UTN-FR Mendoza/ICB-UNCuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
  • **now at: Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India
  • ***now at: Takuvik (UL/CNRS), Quebec, Canada

Abstract. Emitted mainly by the oceans, iodine is a halogen compound important for atmospheric chemistry due to its high ozone depletion potential and effect on the oxidizing capacity of the atmosphere. Here we present a comprehensive data set of iodine oxide (IO) measurements in the open marine boundary layer (MBL) made during the Malaspina 2010 circumnavigation. Results show IO mixing ratios ranging from 0.4 to 1 pmol mol−1 (30% uncertainty) and, complemented with additional field campaigns, this data set confirms through observations the ubiquitous presence of reactive iodine chemistry in the global marine environment. We use a global model with organic (CH3I, CH2ICl, CH2I2 and CH2IBr) and inorganic (HOI and I2) iodine ocean emissions to investigate the contribution of the different iodine source gases to the budget of IO in the global MBL. In agreement with previous estimates, our results indicate that, globally averaged, the abiotic precursors contribute about 75 % to the IO budget. However, this work reveals a strong geographical pattern in the contribution of organic vs. inorganic precursors to reactive iodine in the global MBL.

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