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SCIAMACHY/Envisat, OMI/Aura, and ground-based total ozone measurements over Kyiv-Goloseyev station

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Validation of satellite ozone measurements is important for data improvement due to instrumental long-term drifts and retrieval algorithm limitations. For satellite data quality estimation, we compare the total ozone content (TOC) derived from the satellite Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography (SCIAMACHY)/Envisat and Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI)/Aura spectrometer overpass data and the ground-based measurements made with the Dobson spectrophotometer 040 at the GAW station No. 498 Kyiv-Goloseyev. The station was opened for Dobson ozone measurements in 2010. The results for Direct Sun, Zenith Blue, and Zenith Cloud observations are presented separately, in order to assess the influence of weather conditions (clear or cloudy sky) on the difference between satellite and ground-based measurements. Results from the SCIAMACHY–Dobson and OMI–Dobson difference analyses show small relative overestimation of TOC for satellite data. The ground-based Dobson 040 data are of high quality for Direct Sun and Zenith Blue from AD ((305.5 and 325.0 nm) and (317.5 and 339.9 nm)) pair measurements. Seasonal variations of the difference are seen with maximal satellite–Dobson data discrepancy near the winter solstice. Satellite TOC values are systematically higher than Dobson ones at solar zenith angles larger than 70°. This difference could be explained by seasonal non-uniformity in the satellite data.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Space Physics Laboratory, Astronomy and Space Physics Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 64/13 Volodymyrska Str., Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine

Publication date: 10 August 2013

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