Title 36Cl bomb peak; comparison of modeled and measured data
Author Heikkila, U.; Beer, J.; Feichter, J.; Alfimov, V.; Synal, H.A.; Schotterer, U.; Eichler, A.; Schwikowski, M.; Thompson, L.
Author Affil Heikkila, U., Eidgenössische Anstalt für Wasserversorgung, Abwasserreinigung und Gewässerschutz, Dubendorf, Switzerland. Other: Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany; Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland; University of Bern, Switzerland; Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland; Ohio State University
Source Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9(12), p.4145-4156, . Publisher: Copernicus, Katlenburg-Lindau, International. ISSN: 1680- 7316
Publication Date 2009
Notes In English. Includes supplement: http://www.atmos-chem- phys.net/9/4145/2009/acp-9-4145-2009- supplement.zi p; published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions: 27 January 2009, http://www.atmos-chem-phys- discuss.net/9/2501/2009/acpd-9-2501-2009.html ; accessed in April, 2011. 41 refs. Ant. Acc. No: 91575. GeoRef Acc. No: 310572
Index Terms precipitation (meteorology); environmental effects; human activity; isotopes; radioactive isotopes; stratosphere; Antarctica; China; Greenland; Switzerland; Asia--Tibetan Plateau; Asia--Tien Shan; Peru-- Yungay; Arctic region; Asia; atmospheric precipitation; atmospheric transport; Berkner Island; Central Europe; chlorine; Cl-36; Dye- 3; ECHAM5-HAM; environmental analysis; Europe; Far East; Fiescherhorn; general circulation models; Grenzgletscher; Guliya; halogens; Huascaran; ice cores; Inylchek; North GRIP; Peru; radioactive fallout; seasonal variations; South America; Tibetan Plateau; Tien Shan; transport; Yungay Peru
Abstract The extensive nuclear bomb testing of the fifties and sixties and the final tests in the seventies caused a strong 36Cl peak that has been observed in ice cores world- wide. The measured 36Cl deposition fluxes in eight ice cores (Dye3, Fiescherhorn, Grenzgletscher, Guliya, Huascaran, North GRIP, Inylchek (Tien Shan) and Berkner Island) were compared with an ECHAM5-HAM general circulation model simulation (1952- 1972). We find a good agreement between the measured and the modeled 36Cl fluxes assuming that the bomb test produced global 36Cl input was ~80 kg. The model simulation indicates that the fallout of the bomb test produced 36Cl is largest in the subtropics and mid- latitudes due to the strong stratosphere- troposphere exchange. In Greenland the 36Cl bomb signal is quite large due to the relatively high precipitation rate. In Antarctica the 36Cl bomb peak is small but is visible even in the driest areas. The model suggests that the large bomb tests in the Northern Hemisphere are visible around the globe but the later (end of sixties and early seventies) smaller tests in the Southern Hemisphere are much less visible in the Northern Hemisphere. The question of how rapidly and to what extent the bomb produced 36Cl is mixed between the hemispheres depends on the season of the bomb test. The model results give an estimate of the amplitude of the bomb peak around the globe.
URL http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/9/4145/2009/acp-9-4145-2009.pdf
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65007029