Articles | Volume 8, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 6603–6615, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-8-6603-2008
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 6603–6615, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-8-6603-2008

  17 Nov 2008

17 Nov 2008

Statistical analysis of water vapour and ozone in the UT/LS observed during SPURT and MOZAIC

A. Kunz1,2, C. Schiller1, F. Rohrer2, H. G. J. Smit2, P. Nedelec3, and N. Spelten1 A. Kunz et al.
  • 1Institut für Chemie und Dynamik der Geosphäre: Stratosphäre (ICG-1), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 2Institut für Chemie und Dynamik der Geosphäre: Troposphäre (ICG-2), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany
  • 3Laboratoire d'Aerologie, CNRS, Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees, Toulouse, France

Abstract. A statistical analysis for the comparability of water (H2O) and ozone (O3) data sets sampled during the SPURT aircraft campaigns and the MOZAIC passenger aircraft flights is presented. The Kolmogoroff-Smirnoff test reveals that the distribution functions from SPURT and MOZAIC trace gases differ from each other with a confidence of 95%. A variance analysis shows a different variability character in both trace gas data sets. While the SPURT H2O data only contain atmospheric processes variable on a diurnal or synoptical timescale, MOZAIC H2O data also reveal processes, which vary on inter-seasonal and seasonal timescales. The SPURT H2O data set does not represent the full MOZAIC H2O variance in the UT/LS for climatological investigations, whereas the variance of O3 is much better represented. SPURT H2O data are better suited in the stratosphere, where the MOZAIC RH sensor looses its sensitivity.

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