Sensitivity of Arctic ozone loss to stratospheric H2O
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 1, January 2008
How to Cite
2008), Sensitivity of Arctic ozone loss to stratospheric H2O, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L01803, doi:10.1029/2007GL031334., , and (
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 NOV 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 7 SEP 2007
- Manuscript Received: 16 JUL 2007
- Arctic ozone;
- water vapor;
- hydrogen economy
 Likely causes of a future increase in stratospheric H2O are a rise in tropospheric CH4 and H2 leakages from an increased integration of hydrogen into the energy supply system. Here we evaluate the impact of potential future stratospheric H2O increases on Arctic ozone loss by comparing ozone loss proxies based on two different mechanisms of chlorine activation. In particular, the H2O dependence of the volume of air is analyzed where temperatures are low enough to form nitric acid trihydrate, denoted as VPSC, and for Cl activation on liquid sulfate aerosols, denoted as VACl. We show that VACl increases faster than VPSC with increasing H2O mixing ratios in the altitude range of 400 K to 550 K potential temperature. As a consequence, the additional ozone column loss is expected to be most pronounced for cold winters and large H2O increases and to be significantly higher when VACl is used as a proxy.