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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3785-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3785-2017
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20 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 20 Mar 2017

A new time-independent formulation of fractional release

Jennifer Ostermöller, Harald Bönisch, Patrick Jöckel, and Andreas Engel

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We analysed the temporal evolution of fractional release factors (FRFs) from EMAC model simulations for several halocarbons and nitrous oxide. The current formulation of FRFs yields values that depend on the tropospheric trend of the species. This is a problematic issue for the application of FRF in the calculation of steady-state quantities (e.g. ODP). Including a loss term in the calculation, we develop a new formulation of FRF and find that the time dependence can almost be compensated.
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