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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 2371-2380, 2011
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Research article
15 Mar 2011
Three-dimensional model evaluation of the Ozone Depletion Potentials for n-propyl bromide, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene
D. J. Wuebbles1, K. O. Patten1, D. Wang1, D. Youn2, M. Martínez-Avilés3,*, and J. S. Francisco3 1Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA
2School of Earth and Environmental Sciences Seoul National University Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
3Department of Chemistry and Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA
*now at: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Omakau, Central Otago, New Zealand
Abstract. The existing solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) and proposed solvent n-propyl bromide (nPB) have atmospheric lifetimes from days to a few months, but contain chlorine or bromine that could affect stratospheric ozone. Several previous studies estimated the Ozone Depletion Potentials (ODPs) for various assumptions of nPB emissions location, but these studies used simplified modeling treatments. The primary purpose of this study is to reevaluate the ODP for n-propyl bromide (nPB) using a current-generation chemistry-transport model of the troposphere and stratosphere. For the first time, ODPs for TCE and PCE are also evaluated in a three-dimensional, global atmospheric chemistry-transport model. Emissions representing industrial use of each compound are incorporated on land surfaces from 30° N to 60° N. The atmospheric chemical lifetime obtained for nPB is 24.7 days, similar to past literature, but the ODP is 0.0049, lower than in our past study of nPB. The derived atmospheric lifetime for TCE is 13.0 days and for PCE is 111 days. The corresponding ODPs are 0.00037 and 0.0050, respectively.

Citation: Wuebbles, D. J., Patten, K. O., Wang, D., Youn, D., Martínez-Avilés, M., and Francisco, J. S.: Three-dimensional model evaluation of the Ozone Depletion Potentials for n-propyl bromide, trichloroethylene and perchloroethylene, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 2371-2380,, 2011.
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