Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Research article
03 Feb 2017
Research article |  | 03 Feb 2017

Impact of biogenic very short-lived bromine on the Antarctic ozone hole during the 21st century

Rafael P. Fernandez, Douglas E. Kinnison, Jean-Francois Lamarque, Simone Tilmes, and Alfonso Saiz-Lopez


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Jan 2017) by Peter Hess
Short summary
The inclusion of biogenic very-short lived bromine (VSLBr) in a chemistry-climate model produces an expansion of the ozone hole area of ~ 5 million km2, which is equivalent in magnitude to the recently estimated Antarctic ozone healing due to the reduction of anthropogenic CFCs and halons. The maximum Antarctic ozone hole depletion increases by up to 14 % when natural VSLBr are considered, but does not introduce a significant delay of the modelled ozone return date to 1980 October levels.
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