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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1681-1692, 2014
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Research article
11 Jun 2014
Comparison of profile total ozone from SBUV (v8.6) with GOME-type and ground-based total ozone for a 16-year period (1996 to 2011)
E. W. Chiou1, P. K. Bhartia2, R. D. McPeters2, D. G. Loyola3, M. Coldewey-Egbers3, V. E. Fioletov4, M. Van Roozendael5, R. Spurr6, C. Lerot5, and S. M. Frith7 1ADNET Systems, Inc., Lanham, MD 20706, USA
2NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
3German Aerospace Center (DLR), Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
4Environment Canada, North York, Ontario, Canada
5Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
6RT Solutions, Inc., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
7Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD 20706, USA
Abstract. This paper describes the comparison of the variability of total column ozone inferred from the three independent multi-year data records, namely, (i) Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet Instrument (SBUV) v8.6 profile total ozone, (ii) GTO (GOME-type total ozone), and (iii) ground-based total ozone data records covering the 16-year overlap period (March 1996 through June 2011). Analyses are conducted based on area-weighted zonal means for 0–30° S, 0–30° N, 50–30° S, and 30–60° N.

It has been found that, on average, the differences in monthly zonal mean total ozone vary between −0.3 and 0.8 % and are well within 1%.

For GTO minus SBUV, the standard deviations and ranges (maximum minus minimum) of the differences regarding monthly zonal mean total ozone vary between 0.6–0.7% and 2.8–3.8% respectively, depending on the latitude band. The corresponding standard deviations and ranges regarding the differences in monthly zonal mean anomalies show values between 0.4–0.6% and 2.2–3.5%. The standard deviations and ranges of the differences ground-based minus SBUV regarding both monthly zonal means and anomalies are larger by a factor of 1.4–2.9 in comparison to GTO minus SBUV.

The ground-based zonal means demonstrate larger scattering of monthly data compared to satellite-based records. The differences in the scattering are significantly reduced if seasonal zonal averages are analyzed.

The trends of the differences GTO minus SBUV and ground-based minus SBUV are found to vary between −0.04 and 0.1% yr−1 (−0.1 and 0.3 DU yr−1). These negligibly small trends have provided strong evidence that there are no significant time-dependent differences among these multi-year total ozone data records.

Analyses of the annual deviations from pre-1980 level indicate that, for the 15-year period of 1996 to 2010, all three data records show a gradual increase at 30–60° N from −5% in 1996 to −2% in 2010. In contrast, at 50–30° S and 30° S–30° N there has been a levelling off in the 15 years after 1996. The deviations inferred from GTO and SBUV show agreement within 1%, but a slight increase has been found in the differences during the period 1996–2010.

Citation: Chiou, E. W., Bhartia, P. K., McPeters, R. D., Loyola, D. G., Coldewey-Egbers, M., Fioletov, V. E., Van Roozendael, M., Spurr, R., Lerot, C., and Frith, S. M.: Comparison of profile total ozone from SBUV (v8.6) with GOME-type and ground-based total ozone for a 16-year period (1996 to 2011), Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 1681-1692,, 2014.
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