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Reductions in ozone at high concentrations of stratospheric halogens.

  • Author(s): Prather, MJ
  • McElroy, MB
  • Wofsy, SC
  • et al.

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An increase in the concentration of inorganic chlorine to levels comparable to that of oxidized reactive nitrogen could cause a significant change in the chemistry of the lower stratosphere leading to a reduction potentially larger than 15% in the column density of ozone. This could occur, for example by the middle of the next century, if emissions of man-made chlorocarbons were to grow at a rate of 3% per year. Ozone could be further depressed by release of industrial bromocarbon.

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