Revising the Ozone Depletion Potentials Metric for Short-Lived Chemicals Such as CF3I and CH3I

Jun Zhang, Donald J. Wuebbles, Douglas E. Kinnison, Alfonso Saiz-Lopez

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Ozone depletion potentials (ODPs) are an important metric in national and international policy for evaluating the relative importance of different gases to affecting stratospheric ozone. In evaluating the ODPs of iodotrifluoromethane (CF3I) and methyl iodide (CH3I) using the recently updated understanding of atmospheric iodine chemistry, only minor ozone loss would be expected to occur in the stratosphere from the very short-lived (~6 days) CF3I, with slightly larger destruction of stratospheric ozone from CH3I (~12 days). In addition, most of the ozone destruction would likely occur in the lower troposphere over continental surfaces, reducing anthropogenic ozone pollution. The traditional ODP concept uses total column ozone change, but this is not an accurate representation of potential future use of very short-lived substances (VSLSs) on the abundance of stratospheric ozone. A new metric, Stratospheric ODP (or SODP), is defined that only accounts for stratospheric ozone loss, providing a useful additional tool for policy considerations of VSLSs on stratospheric ozone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere2020JD032414
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Issue number9
StatePublished - May 16 2020


  • ozone depletion potential
  • ozone pollution
  • short-lived chemicals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Geophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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