Very short-lived halocarbons over the tropical Atlantic
Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 94, Issue 13, page 131, 26 March 2013
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2013), Very short-lived halocarbons over the tropical Atlantic, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(13), 131.(
- Issue published online: 26 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 26 MAR 2013
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- aircraft measurements;
- Mauritanian upwelling;
- tropical Atlantic ocean
Very short lived halocarbons (VSLH), including CHBr3, CH2Br2, CHCl3, C2H5I, and CH2ClI, can be transported upward through the atmosphere from the marine boundary layer and contribute to ozone depletion—as far up as the lower stratosphere in the case of brominated and chlorinated compounds. VSLH are released from algae, marine bacteria, and photochemical breakdown of organic material in the ocean, but there are uncertainties in the contributions from these sources, and global distributions are not well known because there are wide spatial variations in fluxes of VSLH from sea to air.