publication . Article . 2013

Chlorine in the stratosphere

  • Published: 01 Jun 2013 Journal: Nature, volume 353, pages 707-707 (issn: 0028-0836, eissn: 1476-4687, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
This paper reviews the various aspects of chlorine compounds in the stratosphere, both their roles as reactants and as tracers of dynamical processes. In the stratosphere, reactive chlorine is released from chlorofluorocarbons and other chlorine-containing organic source gases. To a large extent reactive chlorine is then sequestered in reservoir species ClONO2 and HCl. Re-activation of chlorine happens predominantly in polar winter vortices by heterogeneous reaction in combination with sunlight. Catalytic cycles involving Cl, ClO, BrO, Cl2O2, ClO2 and others like NO, NO2, OH, and HO2 remove odd oxygen (ozone and atomic oxygen) from the atmosphere. Under an ozone...
free text keywords: Environmental chemistry, Chemistry, Chlorine, chemistry.chemical_element, Stratosphere, Atmospheric Science, Far infrared, Ozone depletion, Meteorology, Microwave, Atmosphere, Ozone, chemistry.chemical_compound, Infrared
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Chlorine in the stratosphere