A global climatology of tropospheric and stratospheric ozone derived from Aura OMI and MLS measurements
1Goddard Earth and Sciences Technology and Research, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
2NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
3Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
4Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, USA
5NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA
Abstract. A global climatology of tropospheric and stratospheric column ozone is derived by combining six years of Aura Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) ozone measurements for the period October 2004 through December 2010. The OMI/MLS tropospheric ozone climatology exhibits large temporal and spatial variability which includes ozone accumulation zones in the tropical south Atlantic year-round and in the subtropical Mediterranean/Asia region in summer months. High levels of tropospheric ozone in the Northern Hemisphere also persist in mid-latitudes over the Eastern North American and Asian continents extending eastward over the Pacific Ocean. For stratospheric ozone climatology from MLS, largest ozone abundance lies in the Northern Hemisphere in the latitude range 70° N–80° N in February–April and in the Southern Hemisphere around 40° S–50° S during months August–October. The largest stratospheric ozone abundances in the Northern Hemisphere lie over North America and Eastern Asia extending eastward across the Pacific Ocean and in the Southern Hemisphere south of Australia extending eastward across the dateline. With the advent of many newly developing 3-D chemistry and transport models it is advantageous to have such a dataset for evaluating the performance of the models in relation to dynamical and photochemical processes controlling the ozone distributions in the troposphere and stratosphere. The OMI/MLS ozone gridded climatology data, both calculated mean values and RMS uncertainties are made available to the science community via the NASA total ozone mapping spectrometer (TOMS) website http://toms.gsfc.nasa.gov.