Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry

, Volume 37, Issue 3, pp 217–229 | Cite as

Stratospheric Photolysis Frequencies: Impact of an Improved Numerical Solution of the Radiative Transfer Equation

  • Gaby Becker
  • Jens-Uwe Grooss
  • Daniel S. McKenna
  • Rolf Müller


Numerical schemes for the calculation of photolysis rates are usually employed in simulations of stratospheric chemistry. Here, we present an improvement of the treatment of the diffuse actinic flux in a widely used stratospheric photolysis scheme (Lary and Pyle, 1991). We discuss both the consequences of this improvement and the correction of an error present in earlier applications of this scheme on the calculation of stratospheric photolysis frequencies. The strongest impact of both changes to the scheme is for small solar zenith angles. The effect of the improved treatment of the diffuse flux is most pronounced in the lower stratosphere and in the troposphere. Overall, the change in the calculated photolysis frequencies in the region of interest in the stratosphere is below about 20%, although larger deviations are found for H2O, O2, NO, N2O, and HCl.

photolysis frequencies stratospheric chemistry radiative transfer equation numerical simulation of actinic flux 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gaby Becker
    • 1
  • Jens-Uwe Grooss
    • 1
  • Daniel S. McKenna
    • 1
  • Rolf Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Stratospheric Chemistry (ICG-1), Forschungszentrum JülichJülichGermany

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