23 Jan 2023
23 Jan 2023
Status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal ACP.

Research on the unusual spring 2020 Arctic stratospheric ozone depletion above Ny-Ålesund, Norway

Qidi Li1,2, Yuhan Luo1, Yuanyuan Qian1,2, Chen Pan3,4, Ke Dou1, Xuewei Hou5, Fuqi Si1, and Wenqing Liu1 Qidi Li et al.
  • 1Key Laboratory of Environmental Optics and Technology, Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, 230031, China
  • 2University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, 230026, China
  • 3Jiangsu Meteorological Observatory, Jiangsu Meteorological Bureau, Nanjing, 210008, China
  • 4Key Laboratory of Transportation Meteorology, China Meteorological Administration, Nanjing, 210009, China
  • 5Collaborative Innovation Center on Forecast and Evaluation of Meteorological Disasters, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing, 210044, China

Abstract. Of the severe stratospheric ozone depletion events (ODEs) reported over the Arctic, the third and most severe occurred during the spring of 2020; we analyzed the reasons for this event herein. We retrieved the critical indicator ozone vertical column density (VCD) using zenith scattered light differential optical absorption spectroscopy (ZSL-DOAS) located in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Norway. The average ozone VCDs over Ny-Ålesund between March 18 and April 18, 2020, were approximately 274.8 Dobson units (DU), which was only about 64.7 % of that in normal years. The retrieved daily averages of ozone VCDs were compared with satellite observations from Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2 (GOME-2), a Brewer spectrophotometer, and a Système d’Analyze par Observation Zénithale (SAOZ) spectrometer at Ny-Ålesund; the resulting Pearson correlation coefficients were relatively high at 0.94, 0.86, and 0.91, with relative deviations of 2.3 %, 3.1 %, and 3.5 %, respectively. Compared with normal years, the 2020 daily peak relative ozone loss was approximately 44.3 %. During the 2020 Arctic spring ODE, the ozone VCDs and potential vorticity (PV) had a negative correlation with their fluctuations, suggesting a clear effect of the polar vortex on stratospheric ozone depletion. To better understand what caused the ozone depletion, we also considered the chemical components of this process in the Arctic winter of 2019/2020 with the specified dynamics version of the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model (SD-WACCM). The SD-WACCM model results indicated that both ClO and BrO concentrations peaked in late March, which was a critical factor during the ozone depletion observed in Ny-Ålesund. Chlorine activation was clearly apparent during the Arctic spring of 2020, whereas the partitioning of bromine species was different from that of chlorine. By combining observations with modeling, we provide a reliable basis for further research on global climate change due to polar ozone concentrations and the prediction of severe Arctic ozone depletion in the future.

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We found that all instruments recorded severe ozone depletion from March 18 to April 18, 2020. The effect of the polar vortex on ozone depletion in the stratosphere was clear. Additionally, the SD-WACCM model results indicated that both ClO and BrO concentrations peaked in late March. Before chlorine activation began, bromine mainly existed as HOBr; however, after chlorine activation, bromine mainly existed in the form of BrCl.