Surface UV from TOMS/OMI measurements. N. Krotkov 1 , J. Herman 2 , P.K. Bhartia 2 , A. Tanskanen 3 , A. Arola 4 Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology (GEST) Center, UMBC, Baltimore, MD Laboratory for Atmospheres, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD Finnish Meteorological Institute , Helsinki, Finland
Levelt et al “ Science objectives of Ozone Monitoring Instrument “ in IEEE- TGRS AURA special issue
Erythemal – UV index
1. Sun burn and skin cancer PHS, NIH, WHO
2. Eye cataracts PHS, NIH, WHO
3. Plant damage - Crop yields USDA
4. Food chain - Land – Oceans USDA, NOAA
5. Effect on insect population NIH, PHS, WHO
Sun: Fo ( ~ 3% uncertainty )
Clouds and non-absorbing aerosols are well corrected
Fc ~ FO3(1 – R)
Absorbing aerosols are still a major problem
Satellite CT estimate
UV- Williams et al GRL 2004
PAR - Dye et al GRL 1995
Ground CT measurement
The TOMS-Brewer difference for erythemally weighted UV irradiance and for UV irradiance at 305, 310, and 324 nm. Summer noon values for mostly clear sky conditions (TOMS reflectivity <0.2)
Long-range ABSORBING aerosol transport in free troposphere is uniquely tracked by OMI/TOMS Aerosol Index (AI)
AI cannot detect boundary layer UV absorbing aerosols resulting in overestimates of UV irradiance that are frequently 10% and sometimes 20%.
TOMS AI examples of high-density smoke aerosols that affect various coastal regions in the US, India, and Southeast Asia. Lesser amounts of smoke, dust, and carbonaceous aerosols frequently cause overestimations of UV irradiance if ignored.
UV reduction due to absorbing aerosols in free troposphere (dust, smoke) is corrected using positive AI >0.5 data
Industrial aerosols close to the ground are not seen in AI data (AI <0), so they are treated as thin clouds, which leads to positive UV bias
Ground AEROSOL absorption measurements (dust, smoke) is corrected using positive AI >0.5 data
UV Multifilter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer
AERONET CIMEL sun-sky radiometers
Brewer spectrometer ozone, SO2, NO2 [Cede and Herman]
Since 2002, the NASA TOMS, AERONET and USDA UVB programs have shared equipment, personnel and analysis tools to quantify aerosol UV-VIS absorption using a combination of ground based radiation measurements.
ABS at 325nm
ABS at 325nm
The ratio between satellite estimated (by TOMS UV algorithm7-10) and measured (by UVMFRSR) total (direct plus diffuse) surface UV irradiance at 325nm versus aerosol absorption optical thickness at 325nm inferred from combined UV-MFRSR and AERONET measurements at NASA/GSFC site. The line shows theoretical relationship derived from radiative transfer modeling10.
Time series of aerosol absorption optical thickness tabs at 368nm, derived from 17 months UV-MFRSR operation at NASA GSFC site in Maryland, US. The data are for cloud-free and snow-free conditions and tabs(440)>0.1. Individual tabs(368) values were averaged over 1-hour period of time within ±60min of the AERONET inversion.
1Krotkov et al. Opt. Engineering 2005
The ratio of TOMS to Brewer irradiance at 324nm against aerosol absorption optical thickness in Thessaloniki, Greece
The ratio of TOMS to Brewer irradiance at 324nm against aerosol absorption optical thickness at Ispra, Italy
1Arola et al. accepted JGR 2005
1. Global mapping of PAR (400-700nm)
2. Actinic flux profile and J-rates for photochemistry models3. UV irradiance on tilted surfaces
4. Global mapping of underwater UV-PAR irradiance 5. Global primary production estimates
6. Global carbon cycle models