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Volume 6, issue 10
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2549-2561, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-6-2549-2013
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6, 2549-2561, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-6-2549-2013
© Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 07 Oct 2013

Research article | 07 Oct 2013

New retrieval of BrO from SCIAMACHY limb: an estimate of the stratospheric bromine loading during April 2008

J. P. Parrella1, K. Chance2, R. J. Salawitch3,4,5, T. Canty3, M. Dorf6, and K. Pfeilsticker6 J. P. Parrella et al.
  • 1School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 2Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA, USA
  • 3Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • 4Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • 5Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • 6Institut für Umweltphysik, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Abstract. We present a new retrieval of stratospheric BrO (bromine monoxide) from channel 2 SCIAMACHY (SCanning Imaging Absorption spectrometer for Atmospheric CHartographY) limb observations. Retrievals are shown to agree with independent balloon observations to within one standard deviation of the retrieval noise. We retrieve BrO profiles for all of April 2008, and apply simulated [BrO]/[Bry] (bromine monoxide : stratospheric inorganic bromine) ratios to estimate the stratospheric Bry loading. We find 23.5 ± 6 ppt Br, suggesting 7 ppt Br from short-lived bromocarbons to be at the high end of the current best estimate (3–8 ppt). The 6 ppt Br uncertainty estimate is dominated by the 21% uncertainty in the simulated [BrO] / [Bry] ratio due to propagation of errors from the underlying chemical kinetics.

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