How different would tropospheric oxidation be over an ice-free Arctic?
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2009
Copyright 2009 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 36, Issue 23, December 2009
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2009), How different would tropospheric oxidation be over an ice-free Arctic? Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L23807, doi:10.1029/2009GL040541., , and (
- Issue published online: 12 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 9 OCT 2009
- Manuscript Received: 12 AUG 2009
 Climate projections suggest that a complete Arctic sea-ice retreat is likely in the future during summer. Less ice will cause less light reflection and slower tropospheric photolysis. We use a tropospheric chemistry model to examine how oxidation may differ over an ice-free Arctic. We find that late-summer OH concentrations can decrease by 30–60% at polar latitudes, while effects on local ozone and global oxidant abundances are small. Ozone changes become larger in the more extreme case where sea-ice is also removed in spring and early summer. In this case, we find large spring ozone increases (up to 50–60%) over the Arctic, and even over inhabited high latitude regions (up to 20%), due mainly to a reduction in the impact of bromine chemistry, caused by the sea-ice retreat. Annual mean ozone also increases in the run with the summer/spring sea-ice removal, but not in the simulation including only late-summer sea-ice removal.