Introducing the bromide/alkalinity ratio for a follow-up discussion on "Precipitation of salts in freezing seawater and ozone depletion events: a status report", by Morin et al., published in Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 7317–7324, 2008
1Air Chemistry Department, Max-Planck Institute of Chemistry, P.O. Box 3060, 55020 Mainz, Germany
2LGGE, CNRS – UJF Grenoble, 38400 St Martin d'Hères, France
*now at: CEN, CNRM/GAME, Météo-France – CNRS, 38400 St. Martin d'Hères, France
Abstract. Sander et al. (2006) proposed that CaCO3 precipitation can be an important factor in triggering tropospheric ozone depletion events. Recently, Morin et al. (2008b) presented calculations with the FREZCHEM model and concluded that their results and interpretation cast doubt on the validity of this hypothesis. In this joint publication, we have re-analyzed the implications of the FREZCHEM results and show how they can be reconciled with the proposal of Sander et al. (2006). The chemical predictions of both approaches are consistent. Although an interpretation solely based on the alkalinity change in the brine does not support the conclusion of Sander et al. (2006), we show that the bromide/alkalinity ratio (which increases during the cooling of the brine) can be used as an indicator of the potential for triggering bromine explosions.