NOAA Technical Memorandum ERL CMDL-9


Measurements of HCFC-22, CFC-11, CFC-12, CFC-113, CH3CCl3, CCl4, and N2O in the Marine air and Surface Waters of the West Pacific Ocean (03. August to 21. October 1992)

Jürgen M. Lobert
Thomas J. Baring

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado

James H. Butler
Stephen A. Montzka
Richard C. Myers
James W. Elkins

Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory Boulder, Colorado July 1995


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NOAA Technical Memorandum ERL CMDL-9


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	ABSTRACT 								1
2. 	CRUISE TRACK								2
3.1. 	The Ship 								3
3.2. 	Sampling 								3
3.2.1. 	Continuous Air and Surface Water Measurements 				3
3.2.2. 	Collection and Analysis of Flask Samples 				5
3.3. 	The OAXTC Air / Surface Water System 					5
3.4. 	Air / Surface Water and Deepwater Measurements of HCFC-22 		9
3.5. 	Ancillary Data	 							9
3.6. 	Data Reduction 								10
3.7. 	Calibration 								10
3.8. 	Calculations 								11
3.8.1. 	Mixing Ratios 								11
3.8.2. 	Correction for Warming of Equilibrator Data 				12
3.8.3. 	Saturation Anomalies and Fluxes 					13
4. 	RESULTS 								15
4.1. 	Ancillary Data 								15
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4.3. 	CFC-11 and CFC-12 							15
4.3.1. 	Time Series of CFC-11 							15
4.3.2. 	Latitudinal Profiles of CFC-11 and CFC-12 				18
4.4. 	HCFC-22 								21
4.4.1. 	Air / Surface Water Measurements 					21
4.4.2. 	Deepwater Measurements 							21
4.5. 	Methyl Chloroform 							25
4.6. 	Carbon Tetrachloride 							25
4.7. 	CFC-113 								30
4.8. 	Nitrous Oxide 								30
5. 	DISCUSSION 								33
	HCFC-22 								33
	Methyl Chloroform 							34
	Carbon Tetrachloride 							35
6. 	REFERENCES 								38
7. 	APPENDICES 								40
7.1. 	Data 									40
7.2. 	List of Abbreviations, Acronyms, Units, and Compounds 			42
7.2.1. 	Units 									42
7.2.2. 	Acronyms and Abbreviations 						42
7.2.3. 	Compounds 								43


Oceanic Measurements of HCFC-22, CFC-11, CFC-12, CFC-113, CH3CCl3, CCl4, and N2O in the Marine air and Surface Waters of the West Pacific Ocean (03. August to 21. October 1992)

Jürgen M. Lobert, James H. Butler, Thomas J. Baring, Stephen M. Montzka, Richard C. Myers, and James W. Elkins


CFC-11 (CCl3F), CFC-12 (CCl2F2), CFC-113 (CCl2FCClF2), methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and HCFC-22 (CHClF2) were measured in the air and surface waters of the Pacific Ocean between 55°N and 22°S during the late summer and early fall of 1992. Atmospheric measurements of all gases agreed well with results from NOAA fixed stations at similar latitudes. CFC-11, CFC-12, and CFC-113, which have long atmospheric lifetimes and are essentially inert in seawater, responded mainly to physical processes in the air and water. The first two gases were supersaturated by 2-6% at higher, northern latitudes, reflecting the effects of radiative warming. Their saturation anomalies declined southward through the tropics and ultimately became slightly negative in the southern hemisphere. HCFC-22 showed signs of small losses in the tropics and subtropics, a sink that may account for 2% of the losses of this gas from the atmosphere. CH3CCl3 showed a similar pattern, with only a tropical sink, which is consistent with hydrolysis and, together with data from an earlier expedition, implies that about 6% of atmospheric CH3CCl3 is lost to the ocean. The net saturation anomaly for CCl4 was virtually negative everywhere and only slightly dependent upon latitude. This would be expected for a sink that was not particularly temperature dependent and it is consistent with evidence from deepwater profiles that indicate a sink at depth. Fluxes calculated from CCl4 saturation anomalies indicate that 15-35% of atmospheric CCl4 is lost to the ocean. N2O surface water data indicated weak equatorial upwelling. Saturation anomalies ranged from 1-6%, which would be consistent with a small source in the W. Pacific.


The Ocean/Atmosphere Exchange of Trace Compounds (OAXTC) study was conducted as a special project by the Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory (CMDL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during the fall of 1992. This study was coupled with the World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE) investigation of Line P-13. The cruise was performed aboard the University of Southern California research vessel John V. Vickers. The scientific crew included participants from several institutions including NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), who measured depth profiles of CFC-11, CFC-12, methyl chloroform and carbon tetrachloride as part of the WOCE program, allowing for comparison of data sets and profiles.

The main goal of this study was to determine the atmospheric mixing ratio of hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC-22) and its partial pressure in surface waters of the West Pacific Ocean to assess the possible existence of an oceanic sink for this compound. HCFC-22 is one of the temporary replacement halocarbons in use to promote the phase-out of fully halogenated chlorofluorocarbons, initiated by the Montreal Protocol [UNEP 1987]. The growth rate of CFC-11 has been reported to be close to zero and half of the rate of 1988 for CFC-12 [Elkins et al., 1993] making HCFC-22 one of the major halocarbons in use today with a growth rate of 7.3% per year and a global mean of around 101.8 ppt [Montzka et al., 1993]. Water column measurements of HCFC-22 were also planned to complement air and surface water determinations to better illustrate its behavior in the ocean.

CFC-12, CFC-11, CFC-113, CH3CCl3, CCl4 and N2O were added to these measurements for comparison to similar data that were obtained during previous cruises [Butler et al., 1991]. Specific attention was paid to determine the importance of oceanic sinks for methyl chloroform [Butler et al., 1991] and carbon tetrachloride [Wallace et al., 1993; Butler et al., 1993].


The cruise began in Long Beach, California on August 4, 1992, leading in a wide bow through the Gulf of Alaska to the first stop in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, on August 14, 1992, for exchange of personnel and ship repairs (Figure 1). Leg 1 then continued through the southern Bering Sea to a point offshore of Kamchatka, Russia, the official WOCE P-13 line-start, on August 21, 1992.

  • Figure 1: OAXTC cruise track and locations of port stops.
  • The intended cruise track lead from 54° North to 22° South along meridian 165° East. The ship stopped every 0.5 to 0.7 degrees of latitude for deployment of CTD (conductivity, temperature, and depth) deepwater casts. Typical times on station were between 4 and 5 hours, steaming between stations took about 2 hours. Because of heavy storms and structural deformations encountered on the ship, leg 1 was interrupted at 30.7°N and the ship steamed without stop to Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, located at 8.7°N and 167.7°E, which was the designated port stop for exchange of personnel, initially planned for a later point during the cruise. On September 15, 1992, the ship arrived in Kwajalein and left after 11 days. The structural deformations had been evaluated to be not critical for the continuation of the cruise.

    On leg 2, the ship steamed north to continue the line along 165°E and CTD hydrocasts were resumed at 28°N. However, because of the delays during leg 1, CTD stations were spaced by two degrees except near the equator, where spacing was 0.5 degrees. The last CTD cast was deployed at 4.7°S / 165°E and the ship finished its cruise by steaming south and arrived Noumea, New Caledonia on October 21 without further interruption. A total distance of about 19000 km was covered during this 12-week expedition.


    3.1. The Ship

    The research vessel John V. Vickers is a converted tuna fish cutter, 67.1 m long with a 11.6 m beam, has four decks of which numbers two to four were used for scientific operations (Figure 2). The CMDL crew was located on C-deck in the ship's main laboratory. A total of 40 persons was accommodated, including 14 crew members. CTD casts were deployed from the "T" frame seen at midship on the starboard side, the intake line for our ambient air measurements was located on top of the front mast, the equilibrator was mounted behind the main lab.

  • Figure 2: Schematic of the USC research vessel John V. Vickers.
  • 3.2. Sampling

    3.2.1. Continuous Air and Surface Water Measurements

    For the determination of surface water saturations of all compounds, we used an acrylic seawater equilibrator, originally designed by Ray Weiss of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, as done on previous cruises [Butler et al., 1988b, 1991]. The equilibrator was mounted on one of the vans on the rear deck, just behind the main lab. Vent lines for the inner chambers were eventually drawn to the front mast to ensure a clean environment for all equilibrator openings. The main exit and inlet of the equilibrator were connected in a closed loop that circulated the current headspace air at a flow rate of 6-8 l min-1, out of which a small aliquant of about 360 cm3 was withdrawn over a 6 minute period to flush the sample loops of the gas chromatographs. The 21-liter headspace with a 20 l min-1 flow rate of water ensured that the equilibrium inside the equilibrator was not measurably disturbed [Butler et al., 1988b].

    Ambient air and equilibrator headspace air were sampled using a two channel pump board, one channel each for air and equilibrator gas streams (Figure 3). Each channel consisted of 3/8" OD Dekoron tubing leading into Cole-Parmer Model 7530-40 diaphragm pump, a water trap made of a 0.5 l Whitey stainless steel flask, filled with 1 mm glass beads to remove bulk water vapor from the sampled air and a Conflow model GH3OXT-HMXXX mechanical back pressure regulator, set to 560 hPa. This maintained a flow through the Dekoron tubing of about 8 l min-1, and allowed a flow of about 60 cm3 min-1 through the attached 3.15 mm stainless steel tubing leading to the gas chromatographs.

    Both air flows were connected to a Valco 9-port, 8-position stream selection valve along with two calibration gases. Both standards and samples passed through a 3.4 m 1.83 mm OD (1.52 mm ID) Nafion dryer, which was mounted inside an aluminum cylinder and was purged with dry gas from the backflush carrier vent of GC channel 2.

  • Figure 3: Schematic of the pump board, the equilibrator, standard tanks, and the OAXTC gas chromatographic system. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (14 kb)]

  • 3.2.2. Collection and Analysis of Flask Samples

    A total of 27 pairs of flask samples, one each for air and equilibrator headspace, was collected along WOCE line P-13 along 165°E between 54°N and 22°S for the determination of gases other than the compounds included in this report, and to compare flask data with those from in situ analyses (Figure 4).

  • Figure 4: Latitudinal coverage of collected flask samples. About five pairs of flasks were taken while steaming south from 30°N to the Kwajalein port stop. The air collected in these canisters (at 168°E) was significantly different from the air found at the same latitude two weeks later.
  • Air was collected with a 12 VDC battery operated KNF Neuberger Model UNO5SVI pump, connected to a 3 m 6.35 mm stainless steel tube, which was pointed into the wind during sampling, All air samples were collected from the forward D-deck in front of the bridge. Most flasks were 0.8 to 1.0 l in volume, electropolished inside and filled with Niwot Ridge (NWR) air before the cruise to minimize surface effects inside the canisters.

    Flasks with two valves were purged with ambient air for 10 to 20 minutes at a rate of about 1 l min-1, then pressurized to about 2800 hPa overpressure. Flasks that were equipped with only one valve were pressurized to about 2800 hPa overpressure and released to ambient pressure ten times before they were finally filled and capped. All flasks were analyzed on an HP GC / mass spectrometer (GC/MS) between four and six months after completion of the cruise [Montzka et al., 1993]. All flask data of N2O in this report were derived from a GC/ECD system [Elkins et al., 1993].

    HCFC-22 was used as a refrigerant throughout the ship and could be detected at elevated levels on all decks and in all laboratories. Although the tube for flask sampling was extended over the side of the ship into the relative wind, contamination could not be prevented in a significant number of flasks. These contamination events are likely caused by machine room exhaust ports located on the ship's bow interfering with our sampling. Because of heavy weather and, accordingly, extreme ship motions throughout the cruise, we were not able to take samples at the very forward point on the bow, as continuous air sampling was done.

    3.3. The OAXTC Air / Surface Water System

    CFC-12, CFC-11, CFC-113, CH3CCl3, CCl4, and N2O were measured with a custom-designed, three channel gas chromatograph (GC). New technology was adapted from our ACATS aircraft projects during AASE II / SPADE for the design of this GC to minimize space requirements (Figure 3) [Elkins et al., 1995]. All ECDs and GC columns were mounted in separate, insulated, 13 cm 8 cm diameter aluminum cylinders.

    This modular system was designed for isothermal operation, small power consumption, and easy exchangeability of units. Samples were injected by Valco 12-port, two position stainless steel valves, which operated in both 12-port (CFC-12) and 10-port mode (all other gases). All injection valves were enclosed in an aluminum housing and attached to a 20 cm 10 cm 1 cm aluminum plate heated to a constant 70°C. Electron capture detectors of the 63Ni type, operating in constant current mode, were supplied by Valco and Shimadzu. Electrometers from the commercial Shimadzu GC type Mini-2 were modified to provide a pulse frequency output. They were housed in pairs in specially prepared, aluminum diecast boxes mounted close to the ECDs.

    Samples or calibration gases were injected simultaneously into all three GC channels at 10 to 12 minute intervals. The system operated a sequence of four incoming gases, calibration gas 1 (CAL-1), ambient air (AIR), calibration gas 2 (CAL-2), and equilibrator headspace air (EQ), yielding a repetitive injection cycle of 40 to 48 minutes. This injection frequency provided a minimum of one datapoint each for air and surface water every 0.19 degrees of latitude (21 km) considering the maximum steaming speed of the ship. CTD stations or slower speeds enhanced the data coverage per degree.

    Channel 1 was intended for analysis of HCFC-22, employing the oxygen doping method to enhance the ECD's sensitivity to this compound [Grimsrud et al., 1978]. This approach yielded a signal to noise ratio of about 10:1 for a direct injection of 5 cm3 of ambient air in our laboratory tests prior to the cruise, requiring no preconcentration. However, the ECD was sensitized by oxygen doping so highly that during the cruise the baseline responded to the ship's motion, showing a sinoidally modulated baseline with amplitudes larger than the original HCFC-22 signal. Numerous tests were conducted during the cruise, in an attempt to isolate the source of these oscillations. After carefully exploring all possible electronic and gas chromatographic interferences, including radio frequency effects on the signal cables, gas flow changes, and oxygen mixing efficiency, we concluded that the problem was most likely caused by motion-induced fluctuations inside the ECD cell, made visible by enhancing its sensitivity through oxygen doping, and would not be solved during this mission. Therefore, we developed a new method for the determination of HCFC-22 during the course of the cruise (section 3.4), and converted channel 1 to measure CFC-12. Consequently, CFC-12 was not measured continuously until day of year (DOY) 243 and there is a lack of data for HCFC-22 measurements north of 28°N.

    The OAXTC GC system contained all gas purifiers as well as all electronic equipment needed to operate the GC, such as DC power supplies for electrometers, solenoid valves, fans, computer boards, an AMPRO miniaturized, 80286-based micro computer, ethernet board, and a set of six boards for data acquisition and digital control of the GC system, designed at NOAA's Aeronomy Laboratory [Thompson, 1991]. A program written in QuickBasic was used for data acquisition and system control. The ECD's pulse frequencies were collected 8 times per second and bunched on-line to four data points per second. Some engineering data (temperatures, pressures) were also collected (section 3.5).

    Channel 1

    Channel 2

    CFC-11, CFC-113,
    CH3CCl3, CCl4

    Channel 3

    Channel 4

    ECD manufacturerValco ShimadzuShimadzu Valco
    ECD standing current100pA 1.6 nA1.6 nA 100 pA
    ECD temp./Oven temp.350°C / 50°C 350°C / 58°C 350°C / 60°C 250°C / 55°C
    Carrier gasN2 N25% Ar/CH4 N2
    Backflush Column 3.15 mm OD /
    0.8 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    1.8 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    1.8 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    0.8 m
    Main Column3.15 mm OD /
    2.7 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    4.0 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    4.0 m
    3.15 mm OD /
    2.7 m
    Packing materialPorasil B
    80/100 mesh
    OV 101 /
    60/80 mesh
    Porapak Q
    80/100 mesh
    Porasil B
    80/100 mesh
    Backflush flow25 cm3 min-1 32 cm3 min-1 28 cm3 min-1 45 cm3 min-1
    Main flow rate40 cm3 min-1 50 cm3 min-1 40 cm3 min-1 45 cm3 min-1 *
    Backflush time240 s 280 s210 s 270 s
    Retention time (s) /
    peak width base (s) /
    peak width 1/2 height (s)
    / peak:noise (3)
    350/40/400CFC11: 210/24/10.6/260
    CFC113: 255/28/11.5/43
    CH3CCl3: 475/50/19.2/20
    CCl4: 545/60/21.0/24
    Sample loop volume 5 cm3 3 cm3 3 cm3 35 cm3

  • Table 1: Typical gas chromatographic parameters as used during the cruise.*Flow rate through trap and both columns was 25 cm3 min-1, 45 cm3 min-1 through the main column.
  • Figure 5: Plumbing diagram of the HCFC-22 GC. The water sample for deepwater measurements was introduced into the stripper with 100 ml ground glass syringes (Popper & Sons). Calibration gas was injected using a 2 cm3 sample loop and a high standard on valve 2 that was purged through the stripper onto the trap. For air/surface water measurements, the stripper was disconnected by turning valve 3 and the sample loop of valve 2 was replaced with a 35 cm3 loop. Valve 5 is a 12-port 2-position injection valve that injected and flushed the trap, alternately. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (10 kb)]

  • 3.4. Air / Surface Water and Deepwater Measurements of HCFC-22

    In addition to the three-channel GC, we built a fourth gas chromatographic channel for the determination of HCFC-22, using the same technology as described above. The unit was intended to be used exclusively for the deepwater measurements of HCFC-22. However, because interferences by the ship's motion on channel 1 precluded the measurement of HCFC-22 as planned, this unit was used mainly for air and surface water measurements. The major differences in this approach were the use of a 35 cm3 sample loop mounted in series with the sample loops of channels 1-3, a preconcentration step where this large volume was focused on a trap, and the subsequent analysis in an ECD identical to that on channel 1, but not nearly as sensitized with oxygen. Hence, the signal to noise ratio was elevated and the detector was less sensitive to the ship's motion.

    The HCFC-22 system was a one channel GC linked only to power supplies and gas purifiers of the air/surface water GC. Initially designed to operate with two traps for preconcentrating and focusing the sample, the system was ultimately used with only one trap (Figure 5).

    Trap materials ultimately used for these analyses were Porasil B (Waters) and Unibeads 2S (Alltech), which required trapping at -50°C for HCFC-22. Low temperatures were obtained using a Neslab CC-65-II Cryocool Immersion cooler to cool 2-propanol in a 1 l Dewar. This system, which alternately trapped and injected samples, was run in a 12 minute cycle in parallel with channels 1-3. Gas chromatographic settings of channel 4 are included in Table 1. Oxygen dopant was maintained at 0.75% O2 by adding a stream of 5% oxygen in nitrogen at a rate of 8 cm3 min-1 to the nitrogen carrier gas. This method resulted in a signal to noise ratio of around 35:1 for an ambient air injection and a lower detection limit for HCFC-22 of 10 ppt (3xstandard deviation (STD) of noise).

    Seawater to be analyzed was usually sampled in 10 l Niskin bottles. After returning the cast to the deck of the ship, an aliquant of 100 ml was transferred from the bottle to ground glass precision syringes after they had been flushed several times with small amounts of seawater [Bullister et al., 1988]. For GC analysis of deepwater samples, the 35 cm3 gas sample loop was replaced with a glass stripper that contained the sampled deepwater. A nitrogen flow of 100 cm3 min-1, entering through a fine glass frit for five minutes, purged the dissolved gases through a desiccant (Aquasorb, Mallinkrodt) and a column for CO2 removal packed with Ascarite (Thomas) onto the precooled trap. The sample was then injected onto column as described above.

    3.5. Ancillary Data

    Along with GC data, we collected engineering data and obtained position and meteorological data from the ship. Sea-surface and equilibrator temperature were at first measured with custom built 10 k thermistors. As these were degraded by seawater, they were replaced after the Kwajalein port stop with stainless steel housed ON 410 PP thermistors (Omega) to give better reliability of operation. All thermistors were directly connected with the system's A/D converter. Temperatures were sampled every second and displayed on-line as a 30 second average along with the temperatures of the laboratory, the cold bath for the HCFC-22 measurements, and the electronic unit of the GC system. Pressure at the end of the sample loops was monitored with a P120 (Micro Gage Inc) pressure sensor, connected to the A/D board of the system.

    Position data were logged every ten minutes by two global positioning systems (GPS) aboard the Vickers. Because of some downtime on those systems, the available data were combined to one data set and then interpolated to give the most precise position for each injection. Relative wind directions and universal time were logged along with the position data. Absolute wind direction was read and logged by the ship's personnel every hour except on stations. Those data were added to the databases at interpolated intervals representing the times of injections. The same was done for wet and dry air temperatures and the ambient pressure taken from mechanical devices on the ship's bridge.

    3.6. Data Reduction

    HCFC-22 data from channel 4 were analyzed on an 80486-based PC with OMS Tech's ELAB integration software and commercial spreadsheet programs. All other data from the air/surface water system were stored in one large ASCII file on the system's hard disc drive and downloaded to other computers about every eleven hours or 60 injections. Approximately 1300 megabytes of rawdata were generated during the entire cruise, representing 8200 injections per channel and a total of 26000 chromatograms (incl. channel 4). This yielded a data set of about 1500 useful data points per gas each for air and surface water (150 for HCFC-22).

    Data from the air/surface water system were downloaded to Apple/Macintosh computers and analyzed with the data program IGOR (WaveMetrics Inc.) with custom software NOAHchrom for both integration of chromatograms and database analysis. This software, written in C and compiled to IGOR usable functions, enabled us to set specific flags for single data points such as "ship on station", "equilibrator off", or "bad chromatogram", providing useful tools for advanced data review and evaluation.

    After excluding data points that were out-of-sequence, test-injections, or the result of bad chromatograms and equilibrator data that were collected when the seawater supply was shut off, the remaining data set was browsed for possible contamination events. Data collected during trailing winds were flagged to indicate possible contamination of CFC-12, CFC-113, HCFC-22, or CH3CCl3. (High levels of those gases were detected in both the main lab and on all decks but no enhancement in carbon tetrachloride could be detected under these conditions). Whereas most samples of a wind direction that was critical regarding contamination were actually not contaminated, some were and thus were removed from the dataset. Data taken during a ship stop, usually for CTD casts, ship repairs or deployment of deepwater floats, were also flagged. Although the ship's bow was usually kept into the wind, the relative wind speed was low compared to underway movement; hence, contamination was more likely. Flags were also set for events associated with hardware changes. All outliers that could be traced to these events were removed. The last step in data reduction was removing statistical fliers. These were data that deviated more than three standard deviations from the average of points in their immediate vicinity. This was done by re-defining the range with each pass until no more data points could be removed (recursive filtering, Butler et al., 1988b).

    3.7. Calibration

    All measurements were calibrated using either gravimetrically prepared standard mixtures or natural air, collected at Niwot Ridge, Colorado, that was calibrated with gravimetrically prepared standards. All standard gases were held in Aculife™ treated aluminum cylinders, except for standards KR4365 and KR4357, which were stainless steel cylinders. Hence, because we measured mole fractions (as our standards are based on a weight measurement), in this publication we report mixing ratios by mole fraction (e.g. ppt), not by volume (e.g. pptv).

    Standard gases were recalibrated after the cruise to ensure better accuracy. The absolute accuracy of our calibrations is estimated at 2% for CFC-11, CFC-12, and N2O, about 5% for methyl chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, CFC-113, and HCFC-22. The precision (1) for those recalibrations was 0.2% for CFC-11, 0.4% for CFC-12, 3% for CFC-113, 1.3% for CH3CCl3, 1.0% for HCFC-22 and 0.8% for CCl4. The precision of our underway air measurements is of the same magnitude, except for HCFC-22, which was 3%. Comparison of calculated pre-cruise values for the standard gases with those obtained during recalibration after the cruise agreed to each other within three percent, except for carbon tetrachloride in standard tank ALM26746, which was not stable. The post-cruise value was 37% lower than the pre-cruise concentration. CMDL/PMEL intercalibration runs conducted during the Kwajalein port stop yielded a value that, combined with pre-and post-cruise data, suggested a linear drop in the carbon tetrachloride concentration. This drift was taken into consideration in calculating CCl4 concentrations, yielding a final estimated uncertainty of less than 2%.

    During the cruise, we used a total of five calibration gases, two at a time, three of which were changed on DOY 246.6, 256.4 and 279.4. Small steps in the concentrations of the data were encountered due to these changes, but were within the accuracy of our calibrations. Minor adjustments were made for CFC-12, methyl chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride in order to get a consistent data set.

    4.20 ppb

  • Table 2: Calibration gases used during the cruise. Mixing ratios are given in parts per trillion (ppt) as determined by our post-cruise calibration. Standards ALM26746 and ALM9285 were used as high standards, all others as low standards. All standards were balanced with synthetic air (80% N2, 20% O2) and calibrated to CMDL scale using gravimetric references. CLM3822 was used for deepwater HCFC-22 measurements. ALM 26746 is a gravimetrically prepared standard.
  • For most compounds, we added data from the CMDL station network for comparison. Locations of the stations Niwot Ridge (NWR 40.0°N, 105.6°W), Mauna Loa (MLO 19.5°N, 155.6°W), and American Samoa (SMO 14.2°S, 170.6°W) overlap with the cruise track and are included in the figures.

    3.8. Calculations

    3.8.1. Mixing Ratios

    The mixing ratios of all gases were determined as ratios of peak areas to two different adjacent standards. Assuming a linear response in the vicinity of the calibration gases (but a non-zero intercept of the response curve), we used the response factors of the two standards to compute mixing ratios for the samples by interpolating between them according to equation (1).

    where C and R refer to concentration and response and the subscripts S, 1, and 2 refer to sample, standard 1, and standard 2. Responses R1 and R2 for the standards were calculated from two points each, which were weighted according to their distance from the sample point. This 2-standard, 4-point method thus corrected for drift as well. Changes in atmospheric pressure were not corrected, because they usually occurred slowly compared to the sampling frequency. The difference between maximum and minimum observed pressure during the cruise was 38 hPa or 3.8%. The maximum change in pressure was no more than 1.9% per day or 0.6% per injection cycle of 48 minutes. Most of these changes were factored out with the drift correction.

    Owing to a high non-linearity in the oxygen doped detector, we used a quadratic calibration method for the computation of HCFC-22 mixing ratios (X) in air and surface water with the response ratio to the calibration gas (R) according to the equation

    with a0 = 0.13, a1 = 282.74, and a2 = -133.53. For the calculation of this quadratic curve we used average response factors of the standards along with an equally weighted zero intercept [Butler and Elkins 1988a].

    For the deepwater HCFC-22 measurements, we used a one standard, one point calibration with cylinder CLM3822, which contained 4.2 ppb HCFC-22. Injection of 2 cm3 of this calibration gas approximated the amount of HCFC-22 stripped from 100 ml of surface seawater.

    3.8.2. Correction for Warming of Equilibrator Data

    Equilibrator data required a correction to account for warming of the water between the scientific sea water intake and the equilibrator that occurs because of insufficiently insulated tubing and exposure of the equilibrator to the sunlight on deck. Warming of the water results in elevated partial pressures measured in the headspace of the equilibrator. This effect is small, but is easily corrected by computing a coefficient from the ratio of solubilities at two temperatures [Murphy et al., 1993; Butler et al., 1988b]. Typical values for warming range from 0.2°C in warm waters to 0.8°C in cold waters.

    Actual warming was calculated from one hour averages of both sea-surface and equilibrator temperatures from those parts of the cruise where both thermistors were fully functional. From these data, we calculated a linear, least squares fit of warming versus actual sea-surface temperatures (Figure 6c). Warming was then computed from this relationship for every point during the cruise (Figure 6d). For the final correction of equilibrator data, we used solubility coefficients and their temperature dependence listed in Table 3.

    Bunsen solubility
    Solubility change (% /°C)
    Atm. lifetime
    (105 cm2 s-1)

  • Table 3: Some physical data for all compounds. Changes in the solubility were derived from a least squares fit of ln(ß) vs temperature. Data are taken from Elkins et al., 1993 ($), Gossett, 1987 (*), Hayduk and Laudie, 1974 (†), McLinden, 1989 (+), Montzka et al., 1993 (††), Prinn et al., 1988 ( { ), Weiss and Price, 1980 (&), Warner and Weiss, 1984(‡), and WMO, 1995 (@).
  • 3.8.3. Saturation Anomalies and Fluxes

    In equilibrium, the partial pressures of inert halocarbons in the surface waters should be the same as they are in the atmosphere. However, because of physical processes that affect the surface saturations, the gases are not exactly in equilibrium, but rather in steady-state. For example, waters that have been warmed by solar radiation are generally supersaturated with the CFC's because gas evasion cannot keep pace with the rate of warming and the accompanying decrease in solubility. Likewise, waters that have been cooled significantly can appear undersaturated with these gases. Air injection by bubbles from waves and whitecaps tends to supersaturate all gases to some extent, and mixing of different water masses can lead to over or undersaturations. Thus, the departures of surface concentrations of CFC-11 and CFC-12 from equilibrium, referred to as saturation anomalies, are directly attributable to physical processes, and can be used to factor out physical effects for gases that are not conservative in seawater, such as CH3CCl3 and CCl4.

    The saturation anomaly for a dissolved gas is expressed as the percent departure of the observed dissolved amount from equilibrium. This is computed from the difference in partial pressures :

    where pgw and pga are the partial pressures of the gas in water and air. If the saturation anomaly of a gas is positive, it indicates that the gas is leaving the water. If it is negative, then the gas is entering the ocean from the atmosphere. However, the saturation anomaly alone is not sufficient for detecting or estimating in situ consumption in the water. This is because of physical processes that can give rise to positive or negative saturation anomalies [Kester 1975]. The magnitude of this effect depends upon the diffusivity of the gas, its solubility, and the temperature dependence of its solubility. In practice, the difference in saturation anomaly for similar compounds is small; saturation anomalies for CFC-11 and CFC-12 typically differ by 1-3%. Their molecular diffusivities are not much different, nor is the temperature dependence of their solubilities, but their absolute solubility differs by a factor of 3.5 (Table 3).

    Consequently, to determine if there is any loss of a gas in the water, we compute net saturation anomalies for all gases. This is done by subtracting the CFC-11 saturation anomaly from the observed anomaly for each gas. CFC-11 is chosen over CFC-12, because its physical properties more closely resemble those of the other gases than does CFC-12, which is much less soluble and has a smaller change in solubility with temperature (Table 3). Calculated this way, a net saturation anomaly that is negative indicates that the gas is probably being consumed in the water, regardless of its non-corrected anomaly. However, because of the differences in physical properties of various gases, in situ consumption is more probable if the net saturation anomaly is less than -2%. For N2O, such a correction for physical processes cannot be applied, because CFCs are depleted at depth whereas N2O is produced at depth [e.g. Butler et al., 1988a, b]. Hence, all saturation anomalies that are due to vertical mixing would yield incorrect results, if a CFC-correction was applied.

    The net saturation anomaly should be roughly proportional to the in situ loss or production of the gas. If we assume steady-state conditions, the loss or production rate can be calculated from the flux of the gas across the surface of the water that is required to maintain the observed net saturation anomaly:

    Here Fgo is the loss rate for the gas to the ocean (mol m-2 d-1), Kw is the air-sea transfer velocity (approx. 4 m d-1), Hg is Henry's Law constant for the gas (m3 atm mol-1), pga is the partial pressure of the gas in the atmosphere, deltag is the saturation anomaly of the gas and deltaf is the saturation anomaly of CFC-11. There is some uncertainty in this kind of flux estimate, mainly because Kw is known only to around 50% and varies considerably with wind speed and sea-surface roughness, but also because the CFC-11 correction is only an approximation. For our estimates, Kw was calculated from Wanninkhof [1992]:

    where a is an empirically derived constant (0.39 for long term winds, 0.31 for instantaneous winds), u is the wind speed, and Sc is the Schmidt number, a dimensionless number defined as the kinematic viscosity of water divided by the molecular diffusivity of the gas in water at a given temperature. The constant 660 is the Schmidt number for carbon dioxide in seawater at 20°C. For our data, we derived the Schmidt number from diffusivities calculated from Hayduk and Laudie [1974], using sea-surface temperature and wind speeds observed during the cruise and averaged over 10° latitudinal bands.

    The relative contribution of some in-situ loss in the ocean as a sink for an atmospheric gas can be estimated from the following equation:

    where Fgo is the loss rate to the ocean, Fga is the total loss rate from the atmosphere (both in mol m-2), taug (d) is the atmospheric lifetime of the gas, A is the area of the ocean over which the saturation anomaly is averaged (m2), (deltag-deltaf) is the net saturation anomaly of the gas (%), and MA is the mass of the atmosphere (mol atm-1). Use of this equation requires that the downward removal term [Butler et al., 1991; Johnson 1981] is small, which, for this group of gases, is true.

    If we assume that a negative net saturation anomaly is solely the result of in situ losses, that the correction for physical effects is adequate, that the system is in steady-state, and that removal during downward transport (e.g. chemical or biological consumption at depth) is small, then it is possible to estimate a pseudo-first-order loss constant for the reaction

    in the surface water, where d[G]/dt is the decrease in concentration of gas G with time. ks is the pseudo-first-order loss constant calculated by equating the rates for gas transport across the surface (equation 4) and in situ loss derived from equation 7, which is permissible under steady-state conditions:

    Solving for ks yields

    In our calculations, Kw was derived from locally averaged wind speeds (10° bands) and z was taken as 125 m in tropical waters and 100 m in Central Pacific waters [Li et al., 1984].

    4. RESULTS

    4.1. Ancillary Data

    Figure 6a shows the smoothed sea-surface temperature (SST) along with dry air temperature. Air temperature (AT) was in general lower than the SST between 34°N and 13°S. For the remainder of the cruise, SST was equal to or lower than the AT. SST and, hence, warming was greater in the East Pacific Ocean than in the West Pacific. The cruise started at the beginning of August, which is close to the time when the northern Pacific is warmest. Similar latitudes to those in the Gulf of Alaska were crossed in the West Pacific during early September, one month later. The coldest temperatures at about 8°C were observed in the Bering Sea, sharply increasing by 5° at about 35°N, then steadily increasing once we started the line P­13 along 165°E and peaking between 10°N and 5°S; hence, the maximum warming still occured in the northern hemisphere (NH). The North Pacific had been warmed during the summer and was starting to cool, while the waters of the southern hemisphere (SH) were about to heat up. Temperatures at Noumea, New Caledonia (23°S) were similar to those at 37°N.

    Whereas the general wind direction relative to the ship (Figure 6b) was mostly between 300° and 60° over the bow, we did observe some winds blowing over the stern or from the side. About 11% of all data were taken in winds between 90° and 270° (180° angle) relative to the ship's heading, 3% of the data were taken in winds between 135° and 225° relative to the ship (90° angle), and only 1.8% of the data were collected with the wind from the stern. Ten minute averages of absolute wind speed, measured at about 12 m above sea level, did not exceed 17 m s-1 and the mean wind speed for the entire cruise was 7.74 m s-1.

    4.3. CFC-11 and CFC-12

    4.3.1. Time Series of CFC-11

    CFC-11 and CFC-12 are anthropogenic halocarbons that have long atmospheric lifetimes and are inert in seawater. Hence, they are extremely useful as tracers of physical processes. Their analysis is an integral part of WOCE, where they are used to trace the motion of deep circulation and to date the waters based upon their atmospheric imprint made at the time the waters sank or mixed downward from the ocean surface. These two halocarbons are also useful in evaluating atmospheric circulation, and in determining the effects of physical processes, such as mixing, heating, cooling, and bubble injection, upon air-sea exchange.

    Figure 7b demonstrates the variability in the mixing ratio of a physically controlled gas that can be expected during an extended period of measurements as done on this cruise. Upon crossing the Gulf of Alaska and entering the Bering Sea (DOY 223-226), we observed very low partial pressures of CFC-11 in the surface water. Higher values were noted after exiting the Bering Sea and proceeding south (DOY 236-240). The difference between the East and West Pacific is largest at about 50°N (Figure 7c) and is reflected in both water and air values, although to a much lesser extent in the air. Wind trajectory analysis of two points around 50°N (T1 and T2) reveal different air masses influencing the areas of interest. Air over the Gulf of Alaska was almost stationary and well isolated for about six days. The air was clean, as it previously originated from the north central Pacific. Assuming that the Gulf was supplied with this type of air for several weeks (giving the water enough time for equilibration), this would explain the observed low partial pressures. Air masses over the West Pacific at DOY 238, in contrast, were supplied from the Asian continent, in particular Russia and China. Continental air masses usually carry enhanced levels of CFCs, which might explain the observed high mixing ratios of gases at this point in both air and water.

    Figure 6: (a): Sea-surface and air temperatures. (b): wind speed and direction relative to the ship's heading (0/360°). Concentric circles around the origin are increments of 5 m s-1. Data points with a wind direction of 180±30° are marked as white squares. The "V" shaped gap in the data set is an artifact created by a pole in front of the anemometer. (c): Correlation of sea-surface temperature and warming of the equilibrator water. (d): Sea-surface temperature (smoothed) and warming (calculated from the equation in 6c). [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (20 kb)]

  • Figure 7: Time series of the latitude and the sea-surface temperature (a), CFC-11 mixing ratios in the air and the equilibrator headspace during the cruise (b), and the latitudinal profile of CFC-11 mixing ratios (c). The solid curve through these and all following datasets is a running mean using 81 data points. Arrows labeled "Tx" indicate points where wind trajectories had been calculated. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (26 kb)]
  • Between DOY 240 and 260, CFC-11 mixing ratios reflect the southerly proceeding of the cruise. The partial pressure of CFC-11 in the water decreased with latitude because there was less relative warming near the tropics and subtropics during the summer compared to that at higher latitudes. Mixing ratios in the air also dropped with latitude, reflecting a source-driven, interhemispheric gradient of CFC-11, indicative of mainly NH emissions. On DOY 260, the ship reached Kwajalein at 8.8°N.

    After leaving this port 11 days later, the ship steamed north to 26°N, a little south, and again north to 28°N (Figure 7a) before finally continuing south. During this part of the cruise, we crossed some latitudes between 10°N and 30°N up to four times and observed significantly different values compared to those before DOY 260. The difference in air was about 4 ppt, in water about 6 ppt. These differences are, again, made clear by trajectory analysis of a point at 20°N on DOY 257 and 277 (T3 and T4). A 10-day wind trajectory at DOY 257 shows air coming from southwest latitudes around 0 to 10°N, where the interhemispheric tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is expected to carry a mixture of (low concentrated) southern hemispheric and (high concentrated) northern hemispheric air. Thus, the measured mixing ratios were lower than an average at this latitude would suggest. A wind trajectory for this point on DOY 277, on the other hand, shows air being transported from the north central Pacific into this region. This northern hemispheric air, with higher levels of CFC-11, was probably more representative for this latitude. Finally, several trajectories beyond DOY 286 (5°N) reveal an increasing influence of southern hemispheric air, reflected in lower atmospheric CFC-11 mixing ratios. Partial pressures of CFC-11 in the water were lower than air values south of 10°S as a consequence of the increasing effect of cooling in the southern hemisphere.

    In summary, CFC-11 behaved predictably in both the atmosphere and the surface water. Apparent large scatter in the latitudinal profiles of compounds (Figures 8, 9, 12, and 15) between 55°N and 44°N as well as 28°N and 8°N can be explained in part by air mass movement and temporal variations (Figure 7c) and must be taken as the expected variability in the mixing ratios of such compounds.

    4.3.2. Latitudinal Profiles of CFC-11 and CFC-12

    Atmospheric mixing ratios from the in situ measurements of CFC-11 agreed well with those from flask samples collected on the ship and agreed within one standard deviation with data from in situ measurements of three CMDL network sites (Figure 8). Most flask data between 8°N and 30°N were taken on our first pass across this region (see also Figure 4), hence show values on the lower end of the variability.

    CFC-11 mixing ratios did not drop significantly until 30°N, and leveled out below 10°S. Saturation anomalies were highest in the northern hemisphere, where the waters had been subjected to warming throughout the summer. Below 10°S, the saturation anomaly was negative for CFC-11. From cooling alone, one might expect negative anomalies south of the equator, but effects of cooling are offset to some degree by air-injection, which tends to supersaturate all gases [Wallace and Wirick, 1992]. In fact, relatively high wind speeds were observed throughout the West Pacific (Figure 6b), including regions south of the equator, indicating a possibly significant effect of bubble injection and white caps. Negative anomalies are likely below 20°S, as cooling would become the predominant physical process regulating the gas saturations.

    CFC-12 data show basically the same effects as explained for CFC-11 (Figure 9). CMDL station data from Niwot Ridge, Mauna Loa, and American Samoa agree with our in situ data set within one standard deviation.

    Saturation anomalies of about 3% were observed for CFC-12 in the north and close to zero below 30°N (Figure 9c). CFC-12 is affected only by physical processes, as is CFC-11, so its saturation anomaly should not differ substantially from that of CFC-11, and its net saturation anomaly should be near zero. The calculated values are, indeed, between zero and -2% and likely represent the effects of slightly different behaviors of physically controlled gases.

    Figure 8: Latitudinal profile of CFC-11 mixing ratio in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water equilibrator (b). Part (c) shows the saturation anomaly of CFC-11. All values were smoothed using a latitudinal sort order instead of the time series of Figure 7c. Station data reflect a three month average of in situ measurements from August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (21 kb)]

  • Figure 9: Latitudinal profile of CFC-12 mixing ratio in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water equilibrator (b). Part (c) shows the saturation anomalies of CFC-12. Station data reflect a three month average of in situ measurements from August through October 1992. CFC-12 was not measured in flask samples. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (20 kb)]
  • 4.4. HCFC-22

    4.4.1. Air / Surface Water Measurements

    As with CFC-11 and CFC-12, the mixing ratio of HCFC-22 in the atmosphere decreased with latitude from 30°N (108 ppt) to the equator, where it tended to level off with latitude at a value of 98 ppt. This is consistent with recently published results from the NOAA/CMDL flask sampling network that are included in Figure 10 [Montzka et al., 1993]. Data from flasks taken during the cruise extend the data set of in situ measurements to about 40°N, and agree with our in situ data set within 1.5 standard deviations. They are also in very good agreement with flask data obtained from the stations, which further shows that HCFC-22 has a latitudinal profile similar to those of the CFCs. The latitudinal gradient that we observed for HCFC-22, on the order of 12 ppt between 40°N and 22°S, is consistent with the interhemispheric difference of 13 ppt reported by Montzka et al. [1993] and suggests a growth rate of about 5 % yr-1.

    The net saturation anomaly of HCFC-22 in temperate waters does not appear to differ largely from those of the CFCs, but it is negative in tropical waters. This would be expected for weak hydrolysis of HCFC­22, although other temperature-dependent processes cannot completely be ruled out. It also is possible that the saturation anomaly, which is not much more negative than that of CFC-12, is, in part, a function of differing physical properties, such as solubility, diffusivity, and the temperature dependence of these functions. As for CFC-12, a deviation from CFC-11 on the order of 2% should be expected. The average net saturation anomaly for HCFC-22 for all observations is -2.9%. A data set extending to more northern and southern latitudes would most probably reveal a smaller value for the global net saturation anomaly. Considering only latitudes between 20°N and 20°S, on the other hand, yields an average of -3.7%, which is more negative than expected from variability in physical behavior, indicating a small tropical sink for HCFC-22.

    4.4.2. Deepwater Measurements

    In addition to our air and surface water measurements, we obtained deepwater profiles of HCFC-22 in tropical waters (Figures 11 a and b). For comparison, we present profiles of CFC-11 and CFC-12, which were measured by NOAA/PMEL [Bullister et al., 1992]. Profiles for CFCs 11 and 12 of station 74 reveal a constant concentration throughout the mixed layer, dropping off sharply at about 200 m depth to reach values near zero at about 700 m. At station 77, the drop-off is rather smooth compared to station 74.

    HCFC-22 qualitatively follows this behavior at both stations, although the precision for these measurements is worse than those for the CFCs and the smaller number of data points do not show details observed in the CFC profiles. Figures 11 c and d show a better comparison of the profiles by normalizing them to their surface water value. Again, within the uncertainty of our measurements, differences in the profiles must be considered insignificant and do not reveal any hard evidence of sub-surface breakdown of HCFC-22.

    Adapting the definition of the Henry's law constant Hg = pga / cgw with cgw being the concentration of the gas in the water, and the values for Hg calculated for the mean observed surface water temperature of 30.3°C for stations 74 and 77, we expect water concentrations of 2.72 nmol m-3, 1.67 nmol m-3, and 0.92 nmol m-3 for HCFC-22, CFC-11, and CFC-12, considering air values of 98 ppt, 271 ppt, and 509 ppt, respectively. Calculated water concentration ratios relative to HCFC-22 were 1.6 and 3.0 for CFC-11 and CFC-12, close to the observed surface water ratios on those stations of 1.7 and 3.0.

  • Figure 10: Latitudinal profile of HCFC-22 mixing ratios in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water (b). Part (c) shows the saturation anomalies of HCFC-22. Station data reflect a three month average of flask data from August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (19 kb)]

  • Figure 11a b: Deepwater profiles of HCFC-22 for two stations in the tropics (a and b) and the same profiles normalized to their surface water value (c and d). Error bars on HCFC-22 indicate an accuracy for those measurements of 15% of the surface value, which covers the observed instrumental blank of about 25% of the surface value. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (16 kb)]

  • Figure 11c d: Deepwater profiles of HCFC-22 for two stations in the tropics (a and b) and the same profiles normalized to their surface water value (c and d). Error bars on HCFC-22 indicate an accuracy for those measurements of 15% of the surface value, which covers the observed instrumental blank of about 25% of the surface value. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (17 kb)]

    4.5. Methyl Chloroform

    Atmospheric mixing ratios of methyl chloroform remained constant in the air, as did the CFCs, until 30°N and then decreased from about 150 ppt to 126 ppt at 8°N (Figure 12). Mixing ratios remained almost constant from 8°N into the southern hemisphere. Flask data support the same findings and agree very well with the in situ dataset. Low mixing ratios in flasks with air collected between 15°N and 28°N reflect the lower atmospheric concentrations on our first pass through this region. This difference is more pronounced than for CFC-11, because methyl chloroform has a short lifetime compared to CFC-11, hence, is a better tracer for the influence of southern hemispheric air. The observed differences between the eastern and western Pacific around 50°N were not as significant as for CFC-11.

    Simultaneously, water concentrations drop from north to south, but to a much larger extent; values south of 10°N keep dropping until a minimum is reached around the equator. The net saturation anomaly is negative almost everywhere except for the region around 30°N where we observed slightly positive values. Our data show a significant tropical sink centered around the equator, where upwelling and oceanic breakdown by hydrolysis, and maybe by biological activity, is most intense [Butler et al., 1991]. However, on this crossing of the tropics, we observed higher (less negative) values than had on average been observed previously. The average net saturation anomaly between 20°N and 20°S was -4.3%, compared to an average of -11% for the data of Butler et al. [1991].

    Deepwater profiles for methyl chloroform were obtained by NOAA/PMEL (Figures 13 and 14). Methyl chloroform profiles were similar to those of CFC-11, with a slight increase in concentrations of both compounds before decreasing with depth. Even substructures, visible between 50 and 200 m at station 41, coincided for both compounds (Figure 13d), indicating conservative behavior for methyl chloroform at depth. No subsurface sink could be deduced from water column measurements of methyl chloroform.

    4.6. Carbon Tetrachloride

    Although CCl4 appears slightly supersaturated at the higher north latitudes, its net saturation anomaly is strongly negative at all latitudes, which is also consistent with earlier findings by NOAA/CMDL [Butler et al., 1993]. Because CCl4 has a fairly long lifetime in the atmosphere, the calculated oceanic flux translates into a loss of about 16% of atmospheric CCl4 to the ocean. Data from other cruises indicate that this could be between 15 and 35% [Butler et al., 1993]. Laboratory hydrolysis data do not support the loss rate required to sustain the observed saturation anomaly for CCl4. However, some deepwater profiles obtained by NOAA/PMEL and by other investigators on other expeditions indicate that CCl4 is consumed at depth below the thermocline but near the oxygen minimum. The profiles for CCl4 (Figures 13 and 14) depart from those for CFC-11 between 100 m and 600 m, depending upon location. The most likely loss mechanism for this is biological consumption by heterotrophic organisms that thrive in weakly oxic waters. It also is possible that hydrolysis still contributes to the removal of CCl4 from the surface ocean, if the currently published hydrolysis rates are incorrect and the temperature dependence is small. There has been some dispute recently over CCl4 hydrolysis rates, and, unlike for CH3CCl3, interlaboratory agreement is poor [e,g,, Krysell and Wallace, 1988; Jeffers et al., 1989a, b].

    Figure 12: Latitudinal profile of methyl chloroform mixing ratios in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water equilibrator (b), as well as its saturation anomalies (c). Station data reflect a three month average of in situ measurements from August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (23 kb)]

  • Figure 13: Deepwater profiles of CFC-11 (a), methyl chloroform (b) and carbon tetrachloride (c) for station 41, 39.0°N, 165°E. The concentration is expressed in pico-mol (pM) compound per kg of seawater. Part (d) shows the same curves normalized to their surface value. Data were provided by Bullister et al. [1992] of NOAA/PMEL. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (17 kb)]

  • Figure 14: Deepwater profiles of CFC-11 (a), methyl chloroform (b) and carbon tetrachloride (c) for station 54, 31.3°N, 165°E. The concentration is expressed in pico-mol (pM) compound per kg of seawater. Part (d) shows the same curves normalized to their surface value. Data were provided by Bullister et al. [1992] of NOAA/PMEL. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (16 kb)]

  • Figure 15: Latitudinal profile of carbon tetrachloride mixing ratios in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water equilibrator (b), as well as its saturation anomalies (c). Station data reflect a three month average of in situ measurements from August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (25 kb)]
  • 4.7. CFC-113

    Atmospheric mixing ratios of CFC-113 (Fig. 16) followed a pattern similar to those of CFC 11 and CFC 12 (Figures 8 and 9) with higher mixing ratios of about 84 ppt in the NH dropping off at 15­20°N to a lower level of about 80 ppt in the SH. This pattern, again, is indicative of emissions of this compound that mainly stem from the NH. Data taken from the NOAA/CMDL cooperative sites Mauna Loa, Niwot Ridge, and Samoa during the months of the cruise, agree well with shipboard measurements. Data from flask samples collected during the cruise are also in good agreement with the in situ dataset, although some of the samples were contaminated with CFC-113, which was used on the ship.

    Figure 16: Latitudinal profile of CFC-113 mixing ratios in the air. Station data reflect a three month average of in situ measurements from August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (10 kb)]

    No data could be obtained for CFC-113 in surface waters due to a chromatographic problem. The scientific sea water supply line was assembled with a glue that contained large amounts of methylene chloride (CH2Cl2), which coeluted with the CFC-113 peak, resulting in a useless signal for this compound from injections of equilibrated air.

    4.8. Nitrous Oxide

    Mean atmospheric N2O mixing ratios ranged from around 310 ppb in the high northern latitudes to 308 ppb in the southern hemisphere (Figure 17). These values are consistent with data obtained at the NOAA/CMDL observatories, although values from Samoa (SMO) are slightly higher. However, monthly averages from SMO often are influenced by pulses of northern hemispheric air and can be expected to be high at times. The overall difference of 2 ppb between the far north and the far south is consistent with data from NOAA observatories and is identical to that reported for SAGA II, an expedition that took place in 1987 along a similar cruise track in the West Pacific [Butler et al., 1988a, 1989]. Atmospheric mixing ratios from this cruise are, on average, about 3 ppb higher than those reported for SAGA II. This suggests a growth rate of 0.6 ppb y-1, which is consistent with data taken from the NOAA flask network during the same interval [Thompson et al., 1994].

    Figure 17: Latitudinal profile of nitrous oxide mixing ratios in the air (a) and its partial pressure in the sea water equilibrator (b), as well as its saturation anomalies (c). Station data reflect a three month average of August through October 1992. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (24 kb)]

    The distribution of dissolved N2O along this cruise track also is similar to that reported for SAGA II, with the highest partial pressures located above 35°N and the lowest values in the central gyres (10°-30° latitude in either hemisphere, Figure 17). On both expeditions the partial pressure of N2O was only slightly elevated near the equator and near a current divergence at 10°S. This is particularly notable in that the W. Pacific transect of SAGA II took place in May, whereas much of the OAXTC transect transpired during September and October. Both years, 1987 and 1992, were El Niño years, which would tend to suppress what little upwelling there usually is in the W. Pacific. Data from both cruises show saturation anomalies of around 2% in the north central gyre, but the saturation anomaly for SAGA II is near zero in the S. Pacific gyre, where the value for this expedition is still 2%. The difference may be the result of differences in seasonal heating of the water or of geographical differences. The OAXTC saturation anomalies for the N.W. Pacific, equator, and 10°S are 5%, 4%, and 3%. For SAGA II these anomalies were 6%, 2%, and 4%, respectively.

    Because N2O is produced at depth and brought to the surface by upwelling, its origin is different from that of the CFC's which enter the ocean from the atmosphere. As already mentioned, we cannot use the CFC-11 saturation anomaly to correct for the physical effects upon N2O saturations to compute fluxes; the induced error is likely to be greater than the correction. Nevertheless, the data shown here are consistent with a relatively weak source of N2O from the W. Pacific. They are also in agreement with the SAGA II data and support the notion that much of most of the oceanic source of N2O is derived from the limited areas of divergence and upwelling, rather than from the expansive, central gyres [Butler et al., 1989; Weiss, 1978, 1981; Law and Owens, 1993].



    The mean net saturation anomaly of -2.9% for HCFC-22 in the latitudinal range of 20°S to 30°N is not supported completely by current estimates of HCFC-22 hydrolysis. The pseudo-first-order loss constant, ks, required to sustain this saturation anomaly in this region is 110-8 s-1, yielding a mean lifetime in warm surface waters of around 3 years. Calculations, based upon data from McLinden [1989] and Downing [1988], yield a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 1.1510-9 for HCFC-22 hydrolysis in waters of pH 8. No other studies have replicated these results, and no studies have been conducted for hydrolysis of HCFC-22 in seawater, where salt effects, ion-pairing, and specific-ion effects can be significant.

    In general, physical effects can be used partly to explain a negative saturation anomaly for HCFC-22 relative to that for CFC-11. The diffusivity of HCFC-22 is larger than that for CFC-11 and the temperature dependence of its solubility is greater (Table 3). As water is warmed, these two effects will tend to counteract one another; the thermodynamic effect of warming tending to give HCFC-22 a more positive anomaly, but the faster diffusion rate tending to lower the HCFC-22 anomaly relative to CFC-11. However, as the water cools, and with both anomalies positive from recent warming, these processes would lower the HCFC-22 anomaly more and do it more rapidly. Lastly, because air-injection from bubbles tends to supersaturate the less soluble gases more [Kester, 1975], one might expect a lower HCFC-22 saturation anomaly than CFC-11.


  • Table 4: Mean sea-surface temperatures in °C for 180°E longtitude in 1992. [Li et al., 1992]. Whereas the temperate latitudes showed considerable warming during the months preceding the cruise, there is virtually no change in SSTs for latitudes between 20°N and 20°S for at least two months prior to and during the cruise.
  • Although differences in physical properties can be used to explain the CFC-11 and CFC-12 anomalies observed on this cruise, this reasoning for physical control of the difference between HCFC-22 and CFC-11 is not obvious in our data set. Warming and cooling was minimal in the tropical areas at this time (Table 4) and cannot quantitatively explain the observed departures. Also, there is some latitudinal dependence of the HCFC-22 net saturation anomaly, which implies a possible temperature-dependent effect. By contrast, the net anomaly for CFC-12 is reasonably constant.

    Our conclusion, then, is that although physical processes may be contributing in part to the observed undersaturations of HCFC-22, it is very likely that some in situ process is removing HCFC-22 in tropical and subtropical surface waters. This process may involve hydrolysis, some other chemicals reaction, or even microbial metabolism. The removal rate could be as much as 10 times the published hydrolysis rates, but those rates must be considered only tentative at this time. Subsurface removal, as was observed for CCl4, is unlikely for HCFC-22, as the deep-water profiles did not differ significantly from those for the conservative halocarbons, CFC-11 and CFC-12. However, the uncertainty of HCFC-22 data at depth still leaves this question somewhat open. The removal rate, whatever its cause, corresponds to a partial atmospheric lifetime of 700 y, accounting for 2% of all atmospheric losses.

    The estimate of the HCFC-22 lifetime of 13.6 (+1.9, -1.5) years reported by Montzka et al. [1993] is based on emission estimates and mixing ratio measurements, hence, reflects the global lifetime. Calculations based on 3-D models and OH reaction rates suggest a lifetime for the removal of HCFC-22 by OH of 12-14 years, after being corrected for recent adjustments to the OH reaction rate [Prather and Spivakowsky, 1990; Golombek and Prinn, 1989; Talukdar et al., 1992]. Our findings would require that the atmospheric lifetime be adjusted upward by 2%, but have no effect upon the global lifetime. However, at this point the differences are insignificant, and even under the assumption of a 50% uncertainty in the oceanic lifetime estimate, the resulting contribution of the oceanic removal would still be within the uncertainty of current lifetime estimates.

    Methyl Chloroform

    Oceanic consumption of CH3CCl3 in tropical waters was first reported by Butler et al. [1991]. Using data from two cruises, one of which involved six crossings of the equator across a range of 75° longitude in the Pacific Ocean, the authors concluded that 5-10% of atmospheric CH3CCl3 was destroyed in the surface waters. Although a loss rate of 6% would be expected from published hydrolysis rates for CH3CCl3, the SST range for those data sets was not sufficient to detect a temperature dependence for the calculated consumption rate. One of the objectives of this cruise was to measure the CH3CCl3 saturation anomaly over a wider range of latitudes, and hence SSTs, to detect any temperature dependence of CH3CCl3 loss rates and to see if other processes might be involved as well.

    Our results show a latitudinal dependence upon the saturation anomaly for CH3CCl3, but, no obvious temperature dependence of the calculated flux. The temperature/flux-relationship in our data was confounded by an unexplainable positive net saturation anomaly between 30°N and 40°N, and a negative net anomaly in the higher latitudes. Although these variations are not outside the realm of physical effects, they represent fairly strong fluxes because of the higher wind speeds and higher gas solubilities in the temperate and subarctic latitudes. In these areas, the net saturation anomalies for CFC-11 and CH3CCl3 were both positive, with CFC-11 somewhat higher. This is explainable by injection of air bubbles, which preferentially supersaturate less soluble gases, and would yield a negative net anomaly for CH3CCl3. The observed anomalies at higher latitudes may have resulted from this, in which case the calculated fluxes are not net fluxes, but merely temporal exchanges between the ocean and atmosphere. However, we cannot completely rule out the possibility of some biological sink at the higher latitudes. Despite the larger negative fluxes (Figure 18b), this would not be as great a global contribution as the sink in the tropics, because the coverage of the ocean at latitudes between 40° and 70° (north and south combined) is only 43% of the area between 40°N and 40°S. A strong subsurface sink for CH3CCl3 is unlikely, as the deepwater profiles strongly resemble those for CFC-11, indicating that CH3CCl3 is conserved in the cooler waters below the surface layer (Figures 14, 15).

    Although data from this cruise qualitatively support the Butler et al. [1991] findings of an oceanic sink for atmospheric CH3CCl3, the corresponding saturation anomalies and calculated fluxes are much smaller in this data set. Butler et al. [1991] reported a mean net saturation anomaly of -11% for two separate cruises and calculated a mean tropical flux of 3.1 nmol m-2 d-1. In contrast, the mean net saturation anomaly for CH3CCl3 in the tropics (20°N-22°S) during this cruise was ­4.3%, representing a flux of 1 nmol m-2 d-1. However, during the final leg of the second cruise of the Butler et al. [1991] study, which covered only the West Pacific (crossing our cruise track), the mean net saturation anomaly for CH3CCl3 was only -6.1%, with a calculated flux for the West Pacific of 1.5 nmol m-2 d-1. We consider these latter values to be in general agreement with the results from this cruise, and indicative of the temporal and spatial variability of gas saturations. Such variability would be driven by short-and long-term differences in wind speeds, mixed layer depth, white-cap coverage, and upwelling intensity. Although the results for this cruise differ to some extent from the overall results of Butler et al. [1991], the regional differences are small and the two studies are not in conflict. Moreover, the different results are evidence of significant longtitudinal and temporal variations in gas saturations and fluxes.

    Carbon Tetrachloride

    CCl4 apparently is consumed in significant quantities throughout the oceans. This is supported by data we have collected on research expeditions in 1987 (tropical Pacific), 1989 (East Pacific, wide range of latitudes), and 1990 (tropical Pacific) [Butler et al., 1993]. The strong, negative saturation anomalies for CCl4 are not explainable by simple physical processes, and the flux appears to be somewhat temperature-dependent in the tropics. However, unlike CH3CCl3, CCl4 is not believed to hydrolyze rapidly. Until recently, hydrolysis was thought to be second-order in CCl4, leading to a mean lifetime on the order of 10,000 y [Fells and Moelwyn-Hughes, 1959]. Jeffers et al. [1989a] and Jeffers et al. [1989] showed that the hydrolysis of CCl4 exhibits first-order behavior with a strong temperature dependence, and that CCl4 is much more rapidly hydrolyzed than previously believed. Although the mean lifetime of CCl4 in pure 0°C water is still on the order of 5000 years, it is shortened to around 60 y at 25°C. (In seawater, the solubility of CCl4 drops about 20%, but its hydrolysis rate would be expected to increase by 10-20%. Unless there is some specific ion effect, we can expect a similar hydrolysis lifetime for CCl4 in seawater.) Nevertheless, this highest expected rate of hydrolysis corresponds to a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 5.310-10, which could only give rise to a net saturation anomaly of -0.1%. However, at this time CCl4 hydrolysis rates in seawater must remain in question.

    Consumption of CCl4 by other reactions or by organisms in the surface ocean is a possible explanation for the observed negative anomaly. Carbon tetrachloride is reduced by certain transition metal complexes, and has been demonstrated to be consumed microbially in absence of dissolved oxygen [Vogel et al., 1987]. CCl4 has a short pseudo-first-order reduction rate for radical formation [Klecka and Gonsior, 1984] and a relatively low heat of radical formation, which would tend to make it somewhat more reactive than other halogenated aliphatic compounds. Although the surface ocean is well oxygenated, as is most of the deep ocean as well, organisms are capable of maintaining reducing conditions either intracellularly or among clusters of cells or detritus. This task is made easier where the total dissolved oxygen is low, such as the O2 minimum between 400-800 m in most of the ocean. A number of deep-water profiles clearly show the in situ consumption of CCl4 at intermediate depths near the oxygen minimum, although this was not ubiquitous; CCl4 appeared conservative in many profiles. Wallace et al. [1993], however, have also observed this phenomenon throughout the Atlantic, indicating that the subsurface deficit of CCl4 is widespread.

    To maintain the observed CCl4 net saturation anomalies, a flux of 0.3-1.1 nmol m-2 d­1 is required. It is possible to make a crude estimate of the downward transport of CCl4 needed to maintain a steady-state deficit in intermediate waters. The calculation proceeds as follows:

    where F is the downward flux of CCl4 (mol m-2 d-1), Dz is the vertical eddy-diffusion coefficient through the thermocline (14.7 m-2 d-1), z is the depth range of transport, and Cs and Cz are the CFC-11 corrected concentrations of CCl4 at the surface and at the center of the CCl4 deficit. For both stations, these calculations yield a flux of about 0.1-0.2 nmol m-2 d-1. Given the assumptions necessary for such a simplified calculation, fluxes of this order may be sufficient to support the observed saturation anomalies. However, we cannot rule out other possible sinks at this time.

    The flux of CCl4 from the atmosphere required to sustain the observed saturation anomalies under steady state conditions represents a partial atmospheric lifetime of around 250 y for loss to the ocean. The best estimate of the global CCl4 atmospheric lifetime is 40 years, meaning that 16% of the atmospheric CCl4 is lost to the ocean. This number is at the lower end of the range of values calculated from our other cruises (15-35%), but still within an expected range of variability. The loss of CCl4 to the ocean is a significant sink, as it means substantially less chlorine will be delivered to the stratosphere.

  • Figure 18: Net fluxes of HCFC-22 (a), methyl chloroform (b), and carbon tetrachloride (c). Negative values indicate flux into the ocean. Data were calculated according to equation (4) using averages of actual wind speeds and temperatures for 10° latitudinal bands: 0-10°, 10°-20° etc. Fluxes between 50°N and 55°N were taken as representative for the 50°-60° band; values between 20°S and 22°S were combined with the 10°-20°S band. [Click on the thumbnail to retreive a large version of the image (14 kb)]


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    7.1. Data

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    7.2. List of Abbreviations, Acronyms, Units, and Compounds

    7.2.1. Units

    This report was written using mostly metric and international units recommended by the Systeme Internationale, SI.

    ° degree of latitude or longtitude. One degree of latitude equals 60 latitudinal minutes or 60 nautical miles (nm). 1 nm = 1.852 km. The length of one longtitudinal degree depends on the absolute latitude and can be calculated by 1° lon = 60 nm cos(° lat) = 111.1 km cos(° lat).

    Pa Pascals, SI unit of pressure. 1*105 Pa = 1 bar = 1.013 atm = 14.5 PSI. One hectopascal (hPa) is equal to one millibar.

    ppt parts per trillion, or 10-12 parts per part.

    ppb parts per billion, or 10-9 parts per part.

    7.2.2. Acronyms and Abbreviations

    AASE II Arctic Airborne Stratospheric Expedition II 1991.

    ACATS Airborne Chromatograph for Atmospheric Trace Species, a miniaturized GC system developed for and used during the AASE II and the SPADE missions for the determination of CFCs 11 and 113.

    CMDL Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory, Boulder, CO.

    CTD Short form for Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth, the three basic oceanographic measurements carried out during a deepwater cast.

    DOY Julian Day Of Year, the decimal day of the year 1992.

    ECD Electron Capture Detector.

    GC Gas Chromatograph.

    MLO Mauna Loa, one of the CMDL background stations.

    NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    NOAH Nitrous Oxide And Halocompounds Division.

    NWR NiWot Ridge, one of the CMDL background stations.

    OAXTC Ocean Air Exchange of Trace Compounds

    PMEL Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, WA.

    RITS Radiatively Important Trace Species, refers to the CMDL/NOAH standard suite of the gases CFC-12, CFC-11, CFC-113, methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and nitrous oxide (N2O).

    RTD Platinum resistance temperature sensitive device, delivers 100 resistance at 0°C, increasing with temperature.

    SMO American Samoa, one of the CMDL background stations.

    SPADE Stratospheric Phochemistry Aerosol Dynamics Expedition 1993.

    WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment.

    7.2.3. Compounds

    Abbreviation Name IUPAC formula

    HCFC-22 Hydrochlorofluorocarbon 22 CHClF2

    CFC-11 Chlorofluorocarbon 11 CCl3F

    CFC-12 Chlorofluorocarbon 12 CCl2F2

    CFC-113 Chlorofluorocarbon 113 CCl2F-CClF2

    CH3CCl3 Methyl chloroform CH3-CCl3

    CCl4 Carbon tetrachloride CCl4

    N2O Nitrous oxide N2O


    This work was funded by the Alternative Fluorocarbon Environmental Acceptability Study (AFEAS) and the Atmospheric Chemistry Project of NOAA's Climate and Global Change Program. The authors like to thank the rest of the Nitrous Oxide and Halocompounds Division for their support and advice throughout the mission. We appreciate the work of Thayne Thompson and Thomas Swanson in providing station data for most compounds. We also are grateful to Drs. John Bullister, Dave Wisegarver, and Fred Menzia of NOAA/PMEL for making this cruise possible and for permission to use their deepwater data of CFC-11, CFC-12, methyl chloroform, and carbon tetrachloride for this report. We owe particular appreciation to the crew of the Vickers who never stopped being supportive despite all the problems aboard. Special thanks also to Joyce Harris for preparation of 10 day wind trajectories. We finally like to acknowledge the precruise advice of people at NOAA's Aeronomy Laboratory, in particular Richard Winkler and Thomas Thompson for their development of the OAXTC system's data acquisition devices.

    Jürgen M. Lobert - 26-January-1996