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Validation of Ozone Monitoring Instrument NO2 measurements using ground based NO2 measurements at Zvenigorod, Russia

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We present the results of comparison between Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) data of NO2 measurements (Collection 3) onboard the NASA EOS-Aura satellite and correlative ground-based twilight measurements at Zvenigorod station in Russia in 2004-2008. Compared quantities are unpolluted column and tropospheric column amounts of NO2 which are standard products of OMI measurements. The NO2 columns observed by our ground-based instrument have been interpolated to the time of OMI measurements using a one-dimensional photochemical model. According to our comparison, the OMI unpolluted NO2 columns underestimate ground-based measurements by (0.084 ± 0.025) × 1015 molecules/cm2, or (3.2 ± 0.9)%. The correlation coefficient between the OMI and ground-based unpolluted NO2 columns is 0.92. The tropospheric NO2 columns derived from OMI measurements are on average by (1.8 ± 0.5) × 1015 cm-2, or approximately 40%, less than those derived from ground-based measurements. The correlation coefficient between these data is about 0.3. Reasons for this discrepancy are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Moscow, Russia

Publication date: March 1, 2010

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