Global phosgene observations from the atmospheric chemistry experiment (ACE) mission

Dejian Fu, Chris D. Boone, Peter F. Bernath, Kaley A. Walker, Ray Nassar, Gloria L. Manney, Sean D. McLeod

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The first study of the global distribution of atmospheric phosgene (COCl2) has been performed using solar occultation measurements from the Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment ( ACE) satellite mission. A total of 5614 measured profiles spanning the period February 2004 through May 2006 were used in the study. The phosgene concentrations display a zonally symmetric pattern with the maximum concentration located approximately over the equator at about 25 km in altitude and the concentration decreases towards the poles. A layer of enhanced concentration of phosgene spans the lower stratosphere over all latitudes, with volume mixing ratios of 20-60 pptv. The ACE observations show lower phosgene concentrations in the stratosphere than were obtained from previous observations in the 1980s and 1990s. This has been attributed to a significant decrease in its source species, particularly two major sources CH3CCl3 and CCl4, since the introduction of restrictions required by the Montreal Protocol and its amendments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalGeophysical Research Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2007


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