Articles | Volume 6, issue 12
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 4653–4658, 2006
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 4653–4658, 2006

  17 Oct 2006

17 Oct 2006

Carbonate precipitation in brine – a potential trigger for tropospheric ozone depletion events

R. Sander1, J. Burrows2, and L. Kaleschke2,* R. Sander et al.
  • 1Air Chemistry Department, Max-Planck Institute of Chemistry, P.O. Box 3060, 55020 Mainz, Germany
  • 2Institute of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing, University of Bremen, Germany
  • *now at: Institute of Oceanography, Center for Marine and Atmospheric Research, University of Hamburg, Germany

Abstract. Tropospheric ozone depletion events (ODEs) at high latitudes were discovered 20 years ago and are attributed to bromine explosions. However, an unresolved issue is the explanation of how the acid-catalyzed reaction cycle is triggered in atmospheric particles derived from alkaline sea water. By simulating the chemistry occuring in polar regions over recently formed sea ice, we can model successfully the transformation of inert sea-salt bromide to reactive bromine monoxide (BrO) and the subsequent ODE when precipitation of calcium carbonate from freezing sea water is taken into account. In addition, we found the temperature dependence of the equilibrium BrCl+Br↔Br2Cl to be important.

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