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RECONCILE - Reconciliation of essential process parameters for an enhanced predictability of arctic stratospheric ozone loss and its climate interactions

  • 20925
  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 13/08/2009
  • RISULTATO

The extent of polar stratospheric ozone loss often referred to as the Ozone Hole is significantly influenced by climate change, and in turn, stratospheric ozone has been recognized as an important component in the climate system.
To accurately quantify the effects of climate change on stratospheric ozone and the related feedback mechanisms, as well as to make reliable predictions of future ozone loss and the so-called recovery date, a correct representation of all relevant processes is indispensable. However, a number of gaps in the understanding of these processes still exist.
The issues where the lack of understanding is most palpable are

  • the catalytic ClOx/BrOx chemistry
  • chlorine activation on cold stratospheric aerosol
  • NAT nucleation mechanisms
  • mixing and transport of processed air to lower latitudes.

The RECONCILE project sets out to address all these issues using a comprehensive approach that includes laboratory and field experiments together with microphysical and chemical transport modelling.
RECONCILE will produce and test reliable parameterisations of the key processes in Arctic stratospheric ozone depletion and bridge these to large scale chemistry climate models (CCMs), thereby greatly enhancing their ability to realistically predict the future evolution of Arctic stratospheric ozone loss and the interaction with climate change.



Start date: 2009-03-01
End date: 2013-02-28

Duration: 48 months

Project Reference: 226365

Project cost: 4.66 million euro
Project Funding: 3.5 million euro

Subprogramme Area: ENV.2008.1.1.2.1. Climate-chemistry interactions in the stratosphere related to ozone depletion
Contract type: Small or medium-scale focused research project



Coordinatore: FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JUELICH GMBH - GERMANY - INSBERG, Petra (Ms.)

Altri Partecipanti

  • NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION - UNITED STATES
  • CENTRAL AEROLOGICAL OBSERVATORY - RUSSIAN FEDERATION
  • CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT - SWITZERLAND
  • BERGISCHE UNIVERSITAET WUPPERTAL - GERMANY
  • EÖTVÖS LORÁND TUDOMÁNYEGYETEM - HUNGARY
  • ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT FUER POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG - GERMANY
  • DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV - GERMANY
  • NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING - NORWAY
  • EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH - SWITZERLAND
  • MET OFFICE - UNITED KINGDOM
  • FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH - GERMANY
  • CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE - ITALY
  • CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE (CNRS) - FRANCE
  • RUPRECHT-KARLS-UNIVERSITAET HEIDELBERG. - GERMANY
  • MAX PLANCK GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN E.V. - GERMANY
  • THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE - UNITED KINGDOM
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  • 7FP-ENVIRONMENT : AMBIENTE (COMPRESI I CAMBIAMENTI CLIMATICI): priorità tematica 6 nell'ambito del programma specifico “Cooperazione” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea