On the Changing Role of the Stratosphere on the Tropospheric Ozone Budget: 1979–2010
Geophysical Research Letters
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Griffiths, P., Keeble, J., Shin, Y., Abraham, L., Archibald, A., & Pyle, J. (2020). On the Changing Role of the Stratosphere on the Tropospheric Ozone Budget: 1979–2010. Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (10)https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086901
We study the evolution of tropospheric ozone over the period 1979-2010 using a chemistry-climate model employing a stratosphere-troposphere chemistry scheme. By running with specified dynamics, the key feedback of composition on meteorology is suppressed, isolating the chemical response. By using historical forcings and emissions, interactions between processes are realistically represented. We use the model to assess how the ozone responds over time and to investigate model responses and trends. We find that the CFC-driven decrease in stratospheric ozone plays a significant role in the tropospheric ozone burden. Over the period 1979-1994, the decline in transport of ozone from the stratosphere, partially offsets an emissions-driven increase in tropospheric ozone production. From 1994-2010, despite a levelling off in emissions increased stratosphere-to-troposphere transport of ozone drives a small increase in the tropospheric ozone burden. These results have implications for the impact of future stratospheric ozone recovery on air quality and radiative forcing.
European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme 10 (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement no. 603557 (StratoClim).
National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NERC) (via University of Leeds) (R8/H12/83/003)
EC FP7 CP (603557)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086901
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/303909
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