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Comparing Model Ozone Loss during the SOLVE and SOLVE-2 WintersModel simulations have been used to analyze the factors influencing ozone loss during the 1999-2000 and 2002-2003 js. For both winters, the evolution of the Arctic vortex from November to April has been simulated using a trajectory-based microphysical and photochemical model. Extensive PSC formation and strong ozone depletion are evident in both winters. However, the ozone loss begins earlier in the 2002-2003 winter, with significant ozone depletion by early January. Analysis of the model results shows that during December 2002 not only cold temperatures but also the vortex structure was critical, allowing PSC-processed air parcels to experience significant solar exposure. The resultant ozone loss can be differentiated from ozone loss that occurs in the springtime, in particular because of the continued exposure to PSCs. For example, chlorine reactivation by the PSCs causes ozone loss to be insensitive to denitrification. Therefore, diagnosing the extent of ozone loss early in the winter is critical In understanding the overall winter-long ozone depletion.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Ames Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Drdla, K.
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 21, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2003
Subject Category
Environment Pollution
Meeting Information
Meeting: SOLVE2/VINTERSOL Joint Science Team meeting
Location: Kissimee, FL
Country: United States
Start Date: October 21, 2003
End Date: October 24, 2003
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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