Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 10, 28519-28564, 2010
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Coherence of long-term stratospheric ozone vertical distribution time series used for the study of ozone recovery at a northern mid-latitude station
P. J. Nair1, S. Godin-Beekmann1, A. Pazmiño1, A. Hauchecorne1, G. Ancellet1, I. Petropavlovskikh2, L. E. Flynn3, and L. Froidevaux4
1UPMC Université Paris 06, Université Versailles-Saint-Quentin, UMR 8190, LATMOS-IPSL, CNRS/INSU, Paris, France
2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, Colorado, USA
3National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 5200 Auth Rd, Camp Springs, MD, USA
4Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

Abstract. The coherence of stratospheric ozone time series retrieved from various observational records is investigated at Haute–Provence Observatory (OHP–43.93° N, 5.71° E). The analysis is accomplished through the intercomparison of collocated ozone measurements of Light Detection and Ranging (lidar) with Solar Backscatter UltraViolet(/2) (SBUV(/2)), Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II (SAGE II), Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE), Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) on Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) and Aura and Global Ozone Monitoring by Occultation of Stars (GOMOS) satellite observations as well as with in-situ ozonesondes and ground-based Umkehr measurements performed at OHP. A detailed statistical study of the relative differences of ozone observations is performed to detect any specific drifts in the data. On average, all instruments show their best agreement with lidar at 20–40 km, where deviations are within ±5%. Discrepancies are somewhat higher below 20 and above 40 km. The agreement with SAGE II data is remarkable since average differences are within ±1% at 17–41 km. In contrast, Umkehr data underestimate systematically the lidar measurements in the whole stratosphere albeit a near zero bias is observed at 16–8 hPa (~30 km). Drifts are estimated using simple linear regression for the long-term (more than 10 years long) data sets analysed in this study, from the monthly averaged difference time series. The derived values are less than ±0.5% yr−1 in the 20–40 km altitude range and most drifts are not significant at the 2σ level.

Citation: Nair, P. J., Godin-Beekmann, S., Pazmiño, A., Hauchecorne, A., Ancellet, G., Petropavlovskikh, I., Flynn, L. E., and Froidevaux, L.: Coherence of long-term stratospheric ozone vertical distribution time series used for the study of ozone recovery at a northern mid-latitude station, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 10, 28519-28564, doi:10.5194/acpd-10-28519-2010, 2010.
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