Articles | Volume 17, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 883–898, 2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 883–898, 2017

Research article 20 Jan 2017

Research article | 20 Jan 2017

Determination of the atmospheric lifetime and global warming potential of sulfur hexafluoride using a three-dimensional model

Tamás Kovács et al.

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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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