Global carbon tetrachloride distributions obtained from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE) 1Department of Chemistry, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD, UK
2Department of Chemistry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
3School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
4Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA
5Department of Physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, USA
6School of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
7Atmospheric and Environmental Research, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts, USA
Received: 18 Mar 2009 – Published in Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.: 17 Jun 2009Abstract. The first study of the global atmospheric distribution of carbon
tetrachloride (CCl4), as a function of altitude and latitude, was
performed using solar occultation measurements obtained by the Atmospheric
Chemistry Experiment (ACE) mission using Fourier transform spectroscopy. A
total of 8703 profile measurements were taken in the upper troposphere and
lower stratosphere between February 2004 and August 2007. The zonal
distribution of carbon tetrachloride displays a slight hemispheric asymmetry
and decreasing concentration with increasing altitude at all latitudes.
Maximum carbon tetrachloride concentrations are situated below 10 km in
altitude with VMR (Volume Mixing Ratio) values of 100–130 ppt (parts per
trillion). The highest concentrations are located about the Equator and at
mid-latitudes, particularly for latitudes in heavily industrialised regions
(20–45° N), with values declining towards the poles. Global distributions
obtained from ACE were compared with predictions from three chemistry
transport models showing good agreement in terms of the vertical gradient
despite an overall offset. The ACE dataset gives unique global and temporal
coverage of carbon tetrachloride and its transport through the atmosphere.
An estimated lifetime for carbon tetrachloride of 34±5 years was
determined through correlation with CFC-11.
Revised: 17 Sep 2009 – Accepted: 18 Sep 2009 – Published: 07 Oct 2009
Citation: Allen, N. D. C., Bernath, P. F., Boone, C. D., Chipperfield, M. P., Fu, D., Manney, G. L., Oram, D. E., Toon, G. C., and Weisenstein, D. K.: Global carbon tetrachloride distributions obtained from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment (ACE), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7449-7459, doi:10.5194/acp-9-7449-2009, 2009.