Articles | Volume 6, issue 7
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 1843–1852, 2006

Special issue: SAGE III Ozone loss and validation experiment II and the validation...

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 1843–1852, 2006

  29 May 2006

29 May 2006

Comparison of high-latitude line-of-sight ozone column density with derived ozone fields and the effects of horizontal inhomogeneity

W. H. Swartz1, J.-H. Yee1, C. E. Randall2, R. E. Shetter3, E. V. Browell4, J. F. Burris5, T. J. McGee5, and M. A. Avery4 W. H. Swartz et al.
  • 1The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, USA
  • 2Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 3National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 4NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA, USA
  • 5NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

Abstract. Extensive ozone measurements were made during the second SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE II). We compare high-latitude line-of-sight (LOS) slant column ozone measurements from the NASA DC-8 to ozone simulated by forward integration of measurement-derived ozone fields constructed both with and without the assumption of horizontal homogeneity. The average bias and rms error of the simulations assuming homogeneity are relatively small (−6 and 10%, respectively) in comparison to the LOS measurements. The comparison improves significantly (−2% bias; 8% rms error) using forward integrations of three-dimensional proxy ozone fields reconstructed from potential vorticity-O3 correlations. The comparisons provide additional verification of the proxy fields and quantify the influence of large-scale ozone inhomogeneity. The spatial inhomogeneity of the atmosphere is a source of error in the retrieval of trace gas vertical profiles and column abundance from LOS measurements, as well as a complicating factor in intercomparisons that include LOS measurements at large solar zenith angles.

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