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Ozone profile retrievals from the Ozone Monitoring Instrument

by X. Liu, P. K. Bhartia, K. Chance, R. J. D. Spurr, T. P. Kurosu
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions ()

Abstract

Ozone profiles from the surface to about 60 km are retrieved from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) ultraviolet radiances using the optimal estimation technique. OMI provides daily ozone profiles for the entire sunlit portion of the earth at a horizontal resolution of 13 km48 km for the nadir position. The retrieved profiles have sufficient accuracy in the troposphere to see ozone perturbations caused by convection, biomass burning and anthropogenic pollution, and to track their spatiotemporal transport. However, to achieve such accuracy it has been necessary to calibrate OMI radiances carefully (using two days of Aura/Microwave Limb Sounder data taken in the tropics). The retrieved profiles contain 67 degrees of freedom for signal, with 57 in the stratosphere and 01.5 in the troposphere. Vertical resolution varies from 711 km in the stratosphere to 1014 km in the troposphere. Retrieval precisions range from 1% in the middle stratosphere to 10% in the lower stratosphere and troposphere. Solution errors (i.e., root sum square of precisions and smoothing errors) vary from 16% in the middle stratosphere to 635% in the troposphere, and are dominated by smoothing errors. Total, stratospheric, and tropospheric ozone columns can be retrieved with solution errors typically in the few Dobson unit range at solar zenith angles less than 80┬║.

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