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Optical Engineering

Calibration, data processing, and maintenance of the United States Department of Agriculture high-resolution ultraviolet spectroradiometers
Author(s): Piotr W. Kiedron; Mark C. Beauharnois; Jerry L. Berndt; Patrick Disterhoft; Lee C. Harrison; Joseph J. Michalsky; Gwendolyn R. Scott; James A. Schlemmer; James R. Slusser
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Paper Abstract

The USDA ultraviolet radiation network currently includes four high-resolution spectroradiometers, located at Table Mountain, Colorado (deployed November 1998); the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility in Oklahoma (October 1999); Beltsville, Maryland (November 1999); and Fort Collins, Colorado (October 2002). These spectroradiometers contain Jobin Yvon's 1-m Czerny-Turner double additive spectrometers. The instruments measure total horizontal radiation in the 290- to 371-nm range, once every 30 min, with a nominal FWHM of 0.1 nm. We describe data quality control techniques as well as the data processing required to convert the raw data into calibrated irradiances. The radiometric calibration strategies using Central UV Calibration Facility FEL lamps that are directly NIST-traceable, portable field calibrators, and vicarious calibrations using data from UV multifilter rotating shadowband radiometers (MFRSRs) are discussed. Using direct-to-diffuse ratios from UV MFRSRs, we derive direct and diffuse high-resolution horizontal spectra from the collocated UV spectroradiometers of the USDA network. The direct-beam spectra can be used in a Langley regression that leads to spectroradiometric in situ calibration and to ozone column and aerosol optical depth retrievals. The high-resolution direct spectra are used to obtain the ozone column and aerosol optical depth in the 290- to 360-nm range at 0.1-nm resolution. A statistical summary of network performance is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 2007
PDF: 15 pages
Opt. Eng. 46(8) 086201 doi: 10.1117/1.2769599
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 46, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Piotr W. Kiedron, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)
Mark C. Beauharnois, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)
Jerry L. Berndt, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)
Patrick Disterhoft, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Lee C. Harrison, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)
Joseph J. Michalsky, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (United States)
Gwendolyn R. Scott, Colorado State Univ. (United States)
James A. Schlemmer, SUNY/Univ. at Albany (United States)
James R. Slusser, Colorado State Univ. (United States)


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