Articles | Volume 5, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1423–1436, 2005
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1423–1436, 2005

  14 Jun 2005

14 Jun 2005

Ozone loss derived from balloon-borne tracer measurements in the 1999/2000 Arctic winter

A. D. Robinson1, G. A. Millard1, F. Danis1, M. Guirlet1, N. R. P. Harris1, A. M. Lee1, J. D. McIntyre1, J. A. Pyle2,1, J. Arvelius3, S. Dagnesjo3, S. Kirkwood3, H. Nilsson3, D. W. Toohey4, T. Deshler5, F. Goutail6, J.-P. Pommereau6, J. W. Elkins7, F. Moore7, E. Ray7, U. Schmidt8, A. Engel8, and M. Müller8 A. D. Robinson et al.
  • 1Centre for Atmospheric Science, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK
  • 2NCAS-ACMSU, Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB2 1EW, UK
  • 3Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF), Kiruna Division, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden
  • 4Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, 311 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0311, USA
  • 5Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Wyoming, P.O. Box 3038, Laramie, WY 82071, USA
  • 6Service d’Aeronomie, CNRS, Verrières le Buisson, France
  • 7Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, NOAA, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • 8Univ. of Frankfurt, Institut für Atmosphäre und Umwelt, Georg Voigt Str. 14/Robert Mayer Str. 1, 60325 Frankfurt, Germany

Abstract. Balloon-borne measurements of CFC11 (from the DIRAC in situ gas chromatograph and the DESCARTES grab sampler), ClO and O3 were made during the 1999/2000 Arctic winter as part of the SOLVE-THESEO 2000 campaign, based in Kiruna (Sweden). Here we present the CFC11 data from nine flights and compare them first with data from other instruments which flew during the campaign and then with the vertical distributions calculated by the SLIMCAT 3D CTM. We calculate ozone loss inside the Arctic vortex between late January and early March using the relation between CFC11 and O3 measured on the flights. The peak ozone loss (~1200ppbv) occurs in the 440-470K region in early March in reasonable agreement with other published empirical estimates. There is also a good agreement between ozone losses derived from three balloon tracer data sets used here. The magnitude and vertical distribution of the loss derived from the measurements is in good agreement with the loss calculated from SLIMCAT over Kiruna for the same days.

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