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This discussion paper is a preprint. A revision of this manuscript was accepted for the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) and is expected to appear here in due course.
The Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC): History, status and perspectives
Martine De Mazière1, Anne M. Thompson2, Michael J. Kurylo3, Jeannette Wild4, Germar Bernhard5, Thomas Blumenstock6, James Hannigan7, Jean-Christopher Lambert1, Thierry Leblanc8, Thomas J. McGee2, Gerald Nedoluha9, Irina Petropavlovskikh10, Gunther Seckmeyer11, Paul C. Simon1, Wolfgang Steinbrecht12, Susan Strahan3, and John T. Sullivan3 1Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA-IASB), Brussels, 1180, Belgium
2NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Earth Sciences Division, Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA
3Universities Space Research Association, NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001, USA
4Climate Prediction Center, NOAA Center for Weather and Climate Prediction, College Park, MD 20740, USA
5Biospherical Instruments, Inc., San Diego, CA 92110-2621, USA
6Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, 76021, Germany
7Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80305-5602, USA
8Table Mountain Facility, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Wrightwood, CA 92397-0367, USA
9Remote Sensing Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375-5351, USA
10NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Global Monitoring Division, Boulder, CO 80305-3328, USA
11Institute for Meteorology and Climatology, University of Hannover, Hannover, 30419, Germany
12Deutscher Wetterdienst, Meteorologisches Observatorium, Hohenpeissenberg, 82383, Germany
Abstract. The Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) is an international global network of more than 80 stations making high quality measurements of atmospheric composition that began official operations in 1991 after five years of planning. Originally named the Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC), the goal of NDACC is to observe changes in the chemical and physical state of the stratosphere and upper troposphere and to assess the impact of such changes on the lower troposphere and climate. NDACC’s origins, station locations, organizational structure and data archiving are described. NDACC is structured around categories of ground-based observational techniques, timely cross-cutting themes (ozone, water vapour, measurement strategies and emphases), satellite measurement systems, and theory and analyses. To widen its scope, NDACC has established formal collaborative agreements with eight other Cooperating Networks. A brief history is provided, major accomplishments of NDACC during its first 25 years of operation are reviewed, and a forward-looking perspective is presented.
Citation: De Mazière, M., Thompson, A. M., Kurylo, M. J., Wild, J., Bernhard, G., Blumenstock, T., Hannigan, J., Lambert, J.-C., Leblanc, T., McGee, T. J., Nedoluha, G., Petropavlovskikh, I., Seckmeyer, G., Simon, P. C., Steinbrecht, W., Strahan, S., and Sullivan, J. T.: The Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC): History, status and perspectives, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss.,, in review, 2017.
Martine De Mazière et al.
Martine De Mazière et al.


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This paper serves as an introduction to the Special Issue Twenty-five years of operations of the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC). It describes the origins of the network, its actual status and some perspectives for its future evolution in the context of atmospheric sciences.
This paper serves as an introduction to the Special Issue Twenty-five years of operations of the...