1Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique, Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
2Interaction Rayonnement Solaire Atmosphère, Université Joseph Fourier de Grenoble, France
3Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
4Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
5Atmospheric Chemistry Dynamics Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
6Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, De Bilt, The Netherlands
Abstract. Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), launched in July 2004, is dedicated to the monitoring of the Earth's ozone, air quality and climate. OMI provides among other things the total column of ozone (TOC), the surface ultraviolet (UV) irradiance at several wavelengths, the erythemal dose rate and the erythemal daily dose. The main objective of this work is to validate OMI data with ground-based instruments in order to use OMI products (collection 2) for scientific studies. The Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (LOA) located in Villeneuve d'Ascq in the north of France performs solar UV measurements using a spectroradiometer and a broadband radiometer. The site of Briançon in the French Southern Alps is also equipped with a spectroradiometer operated by Interaction Rayonnement Solaire Atmosphère (IRSA). The instrument belongs to the Centre Européen Médical et Bioclimatologique de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur. The comparison between the TOC retrieved with ground-based measurements and OMI TOC shows good agreement at both sites for all sky conditions. Comparisons of spectral UV on clear sky conditions are also satisfying whereas results of comparisons of the erythemal daily doses and erythemal dose rates for all sky conditions and for clear sky show that OMI overestimates significantly surface UV doses at both sites.