Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 197–209, 2006

Special issue: Geophysical validation of SCIAMACHY: 2002-2004

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 6, 197–209, 2006

  26 Jan 2006

26 Jan 2006

Geophysical validation of SCIAMACHY Limb Ozone Profiles

E. J. Brinksma1, A. Bracher2, D. E. Lolkema1,3, A. J. Segers1, I. S. Boyd4, K. Bramstedt2, H. Claude5, S. Godin-Beekmann6, G. Hansen7, G. Kopp8, T. Leblanc9, I. S. McDermid9, Y. J. Meijer3, H. Nakane10, A. Parrish11, C. von Savigny2, K. Stebel7, D. P. J. Swart3, G. Taha12,13, and A. J. M. Piters1 E. J. Brinksma et al.
  • 1KNMI, Postbus 201, 3730 AE De Bilt, The Netherlands
  • 2Institute of Environmental Physics (IFE), University of Bremen, PO Box 330440, 28334 Bremen, Germany
  • 3National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  • 4NIWA, Environmental Research Institute, Ann-Arbor, MI 48108, USA
  • 5Deutscher Wetterdienst, Meteorologisches Observatorium, Albin SchwaigerWeg 10, 82383 Hohenpeissenberg, Germany
  • 6Service d’Aéronomie – CNRS, Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, 4 Place Jussieu, 75252 Paris Cedex 05, France
  • 7Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Polar Environmental Centre, Tromsoe, Norway
  • 8IMK, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and Universität Karlsruhe, Germany
  • 9NASA-JPL, Wrightwood (CA) USA
  • 10Atmospheric Environment Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2, Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506, Japan
  • 11University of Massachusetts, USA
  • 12Science and Application International Corporation, Hampton (VA), USA
  • 13NASA-Langley Research Center, MS 475, Hampton (VA), 23681, USA

Abstract. We discuss the quality of the two available SCIAMACHY limb ozone profile products. They were retrieved with the University of Bremen IFE's algorithm version 1.61 (hereafter IFE), and the official ESA offline algorithm (hereafter OL) versions 2.4 and 2.5. The ozone profiles were compared to a suite of correlative measurements from ground-based lidar and microwave, sondes, SAGE II and SAGE III (Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment).

To correct for the expected Envisat pointing errors, which have not been corrected implicitly in either of the algorithms, we applied a constant altitude shift of -1.5 km to the SCIAMACHY ozone profiles.

The IFE ozone profile data between 16 and 40 km are biased low by 3-6%. The average difference profiles have a typical standard deviation of 10% between 20 and 35 km.

We show that more than 20% of the SCIAMACHY official ESA offline (OL) ozone profiles version 2.4 and 2.5 have unrealistic ozone values, most of these are north of 15° S. The remaining OL profiles compare well to correlative instruments above 24 km. Between 20 and 24 km, they underestimate ozone by 15±5%.

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