Measurements of halogenated organic compounds near the tropical tropopause

S. M. Schauffler, L. E. Heidt, W. H. Pollock, T. M. Gilpin, J. F. Vedder, S. Solomon, R. A. Lueb, E. L. Atlas

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The amount of organic chlorine and bromine entering the stratosphere have a direct influence on the magnitude of chlorine and bromine catalyzed ozone losses. Twelve organic chlorine species and five organic bromine species were measured from 12 samples collected near the tropopause between 23.8°N and 25.3°N during AASE II. The average mixing ratios of total organic chlorine and total organic bromine were 3.50 ± 0.06 ppbv and 21.1 ± 0.8 pptv, respectively. CH3Cl represented 15.1% of the total organic chlorine, with CFC 11 (CCl3F) and CFC 12 (CCl2F2) accounting for 22.6% and 28.2%, respectively, with the remaining 34.1% primarily from CCl4, CH3CCl3, and CFC 113 (CCl2FCClF2). CH3Br represented 54% of the total organic bromine. The 95% confidence intervals of the mixing ratios of all but four of the individual compounds were within the range observed in low and mid‐latitude mid‐troposphere samples. The four compounds with significantly lower mixing ratios at the tropopause were CHCl3, CH2Cl2, CH2Br2, and CH3CCl3. The lower mixing ratios may be due to entrainment of southern hemisphere air during vertical transport in the tropical region and/or to exchange of air across the tropopause between the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2567-2570
Number of pages4
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 19 1993
Externally publishedYes

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  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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