Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 3857-3884, 2011
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Modelling the effect of denitrification on polar ozone depletion for Arctic winter/spring 2004/05
W. Feng1,2, M. P. Chipperfield1, S. Davies1, G. W. Mann1, K. S. Carslaw1, and S. Dhomse1
1Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2Mathematics and Physical Sciences, School of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK

Abstract. A three-dimensional (3-D) chemical transport model (CTM), SLIMCAT, has been used to quantify the effect of denitrification on ozone loss for the Arctic winter/spring 2004/05. The simulated HNO3 is found to be highly sensitive to the polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) scheme used in the model. Here the standard SLIMCAT full chemistry model, which uses a thermodynamic equilibrium PSC scheme, overpredicts the Arctic ozone loss for Arctic winter/spring 2004/05 due to the overestimation of denitrification and stronger chlorine activation than observed. A model run with a detailed microphysical denitrification scheme, DLAPSE (Denitrification by Lagrangian Particle Sedimentation), is less denitrified than the standard model run and better reproduces the observed HNO3 as measured by Airborne SUbmillimeter Radiometer (ASUR) and Aura Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instruments. The overestimated denitrification causes a small overestimation of Arctic polar ozone loss (~5–10% at ~17 km) by the standard model. Use of the DLAPSE scheme improves the simulation of Arctic ozone depletion compared with the inferred partial column ozone loss from ozonesondes and satellite data. Overall, denitrification is responsible for a ~30% enhancement in O3 depletion for Arctic winter/spring 2004/05, suggesting that the successful simulation of the impact of denitrification on Arctic ozone depletion also requires the use of a detailed microphysical PSC scheme in the model.

Citation: Feng, W., Chipperfield, M. P., Davies, S., Mann, G. W., Carslaw, K. S., and Dhomse, S.: Modelling the effect of denitrification on polar ozone depletion for Arctic winter/spring 2004/05, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 11, 3857-3884, doi:10.5194/acpd-11-3857-2011, 2011.
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