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TOMS profile shape error estimates at high latitude
Author(s): Charles G. Wellemeyer; Steven L. Taylor; Colin J. Seftor; Richard D. McPeters
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Paper Abstract

The Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS) ozone measurement is derived by comparing measured backscattered ultraviolet (BUV) radiances with theoretical radiances which are pre- computed using standard climatological ozone profiles and stored in a look-up table. Profile shape errors occur in this algorithm at high latitudes (or more specifically, high optical path lengths) when the actual vertical ozone distribution differs significantly from the standard profile used in constructing the tables. These errors are estimated using sensitivities derived from radiative transfer calculations and measurements of the actual ozone profile from Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV) and Balloonsonde. These estimates include a short term uncertainty with a standard deviation of 10% in total column ozone amount as well as a systematic error in the long-term trend at very high solar zenith angles. At the maximum retrieval solar zenith angle of 88 degrees, these calculations indicate that TOMS long-term ozone depletions are over-estimated by 5%/decade.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2047, Atmospheric Ozone, (2 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.163470
Show Author Affiliations
Charles G. Wellemeyer, Hughes STX Corp. (United States)
Steven L. Taylor, Hughes STX Corp. (United States)
Colin J. Seftor, Hughes STX Corp. (United States)
Richard D. McPeters, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2047:
Atmospheric Ozone
Thormod Henriksen, Editor(s)

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