Atmospheric Residence Time of CH3Br Estimated from the Junge Spatial Variability Relation

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 392-396
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.392

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The atmospheric residence time for methyl bromide (CH3Br) has been estimated as 0.8 ± 0.1 years from its empirical spatial variability relative to C2H6, C2Cl4, CHCl3, and CH3Cl. This evaluation of the atmospheric residence time, based on Junge's 1963 general proposal, provides an estimate for CH3Br that is independent of source and sink estimates. Methyl bromide from combined natural and anthropogenic sources furnishes about half of the bromine that enters the stratosphere, where it plays an important role in ozone destruction. This residence time is consistent with the 0.7-year value recently calculated for CH3Br from the combined strength estimates for its known significant sinks.

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