Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 727-779, 2008
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Technical Note: Validation of Odin/SMR limb observations of ozone, comparisons with OSIRIS, POAM III, ground-based and balloon-borne instruments
F. Jégou1, J. Urban2, J. de La Noë3, P. Ricaud4, E. Le Flochmoën4, D. P. Murtagh2, P. Eriksson2, A. Jones2, S. Petelina5,14, E. J. Llewellyn5, N. D. Lloyd5, C. Haley6, J. Lumpe7, C. Randall8, R. M. Bevilacqua9, V. Catoire10, N. Huret10, G. Berthet10, J. B. Renard10, K. Strong11, J. Davies12, C. T. Mc Elroy12, F. Goutail13, and J. P. Pommereau13
1Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement, Gif sur Yvette, France
2Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden
3Université Bordeaux 1, CNRS/INSU, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, Floirac, France
4Laboratoire d'Aérologie, Toulouse, France
5University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
6York University, Toronto, Canada
7Computational Physics, Inc., Boulder, Colorado, USA
8Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA
9Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., USA
10Laboratoire de Physique et de Chimie de l'Environnement, Orléans, France
11Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
12Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada
13Service d’Aéronomie, Paris, France
14La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia

Abstract. The Odin satellite carries two instruments capable of determining stratospheric ozone profiles by limb sounding: the Sub-Millimetre Radiometer (SMR) and the UV-visible spectrograph of the OSIRIS (Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imager System) instrument. A large number of ozone profiles measurements were performed during six years from November 2001 to present. This ozone dataset is here used to make quantitative comparisons with satellite measurements in order to assess the quality of the Odin/SMR ozone measurements. In a first step, we compare Swedish SMR retrievals version 2.1, French SMR ozone retrievals version 222 (both from the 501.8 GHz band), and the OSIRIS retrievals version 3.0, with the operational version 4.0 ozone product from POAM III (Polar Ozone Atmospheric Measurement). In a second step, we refine the Odin/SMR validation by comparisons with ground-based instruments and balloon-borne observations. We use observations carried out within the framework of the Network for Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and balloon flight missions conducted by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Laboratoire de Physique et de Chimie de l'Environnement (LPCE, Orléans, France), and the Service d'Aéronomie (SA, Paris, France). Coincidence criteria were 5° in latitude x in 10° longitude, and 5 h in time in Odin/POAM III comparisons, 12 h in Odin/NDACC comparisons, and 72 h in Odin/balloons comparisons. An agreement is found with the POAM III experiment (10–60 km) within −0.3±0.2 ppmv (bias±standard deviation) for SMR (v222, v2.1) and within −0.5±0.2 ppmv for OSIRIS (v3.0). Odin ozone mixing ratio products are systematically slightly lower than the POAM III data and show an ozone maximum lower by 1–5 km in altitude. The comparisons with the NDACC data (10–34 km for ozonesonde, 10–50 km for lidar, 10–60 for microwave instruments) yield a good agreement within −0.15±0.3 ppmv for the SMR data and −0.3±0.3 ppmv for the OSIRIS data. Finally the comparisons with instruments on large balloons (10–31 km) show a good agreement, within −0.7±1 ppmv.

Citation: Jégou, F., Urban, J., de La Noë, J., Ricaud, P., Le Flochmoën, E., Murtagh, D. P., Eriksson, P., Jones, A., Petelina, S., Llewellyn, E. J., Lloyd, N. D., Haley, C., Lumpe, J., Randall, C., Bevilacqua, R. M., Catoire, V., Huret, N., Berthet, G., Renard, J. B., Strong, K., Davies, J., Mc Elroy, C. T., Goutail, F., and Pommereau, J. P.: Technical Note: Validation of Odin/SMR limb observations of ozone, comparisons with OSIRIS, POAM III, ground-based and balloon-borne instruments, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 8, 727-779, doi:10.5194/acpd-8-727-2008, 2008.
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