Odd nitrogen during the MAP/GLOBUS 1983 campaign: Theoretical considerations

Guy Brasseur, Daniel Cariolle, Anne de Rudder, Lesley J. Gray, John A. Pyle, Ernst Peter Röth, Uta Schmailzl, Donald J. Wuebbles

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The paper reviews the chemical processes involved in the formation and destruction of active nitrogen in the stratosphere and indicates that transport processes play an important role in the behavior of these species. Vertical profiles measured during the MAP/GLOBUS 1983 campaign are compared to distributions calculated by a number of one-dimensional models. An intercomparison between six of these models shows that, if some quantitative differences attributed to different model input are noticeable, the same type of behavior is predicted for NO and NO2 by all models. Although the observed concentration of species belonging to the odd nitrogen family should be highly variable, as a result of dynamical disturbances, most data obtained during the campaign appear to be consistent with the chemical scheme currently used in photochemical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-645
Number of pages9
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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