Effect of vibrationally excited oxygen on ozone production in the stratosphere

K. O. Patten, P. S. Connell, D. E. Kinnison, D. J. Wuebbles, T. G. Slanger, L. Froidevaux

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Photolysis of vibrationally excited oxygen produced by ultraviolet photolysis of ozone in the upper stratosphere is incorporated into the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory two-dimensional zonally averaged chemical-radiative-transport model of the troposphere and stratosphere. When energy transfer rate constants similar to those of Toumi et al. (1991) are assumed, increases in model ozone concentrations of up to 4.0% in the upper stratosphere are found, and the model ozone concentrations are found to agree slightly better with measurements. However, the ozone increase is only 0.3% when the larger energy transfer rate constants indicated by recent experimental work are applied to the model. An ozone increase of 1% at 50 km requires energy transfer rate constants one-twentieth those of the preliminary observations. As a result, vibrationally excited oxygen processes probably do not contribute enough ozone to be significant in models of the upper stratosphere. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1223
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research
Issue numberD1
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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