Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
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20 Jan 2017
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Determination of the atmospheric lifetime and global warming potential of sulfur hexafluoride using a three-dimensional model

Tamás Kovács, Wuhu Feng, Anna Totterdill, John M. C. Plane, Sandip Dhomse, Juan Carlos Gómez-Martín, Gabriele P. Stiller, Florian J. Haenel, Christopher Smith, Piers M. Forster, Rolando R. García, Daniel R. Marsh, and Martyn P. Chipperfield


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AR by Martyn Chipperfield on behalf of the Authors (06 Dec 2016)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (06 Dec 2016) by William Thomas Sturges
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (06 Dec 2016)
ED: Publish as is (19 Dec 2016) by William Thomas Sturges
AR by Martyn Chipperfield on behalf of the Authors (22 Dec 2016)
Short summary
Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) is a very potent greenhouse gas, which is present in the atmosphere only through its industrial use, for example as an electrical insulator. To estimate accurately the impact of SF6 emissions on climate we need to know how long it persists in the atmosphere before being removed. Previous estimates of the SF6 lifetime indicate a large degree of uncertainty. Here we use a detailed atmospheric model to calculate a current best estimate of the SF6 lifetime.
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