A Long Term Data Record of the Ozone Vertical Distribution: 1970-2010 IN21A – 1402 by Richard McPeters 1 , Dave Haffner 2 , Steve Taylor 2 , and P.K. Bhartia 1 NASA GSFC, and 2) Science Systems Applications Inc. Conclusions a coherent 40 year time series of ozone
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Making Earth Science Data Records
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Abstract.Under a NASA program to produce long term data records from instruments on multiple satellites (MEaSUREs), data from a series of eight SBUV and SBUV/2 instruments have been reprocessed to create a coherent ozone time series. Data from the Nimbus 4 BUV, Nimbus 7 SBUV, and SBUV/2 instruments on NOAA 9, 11, 14, 16, 17, and 18 were used covering the period 1970-1972 and 1979-2011. The ultimate goal is an ozone Earth Science Data Record (ESDR) - a consistent, calibrated ozone time series that can used for trend analyses and other studies. Instead of making simple adjustments to ozone to create a long term record, for this data set radiance adjustments were made for each instrument to maintain a consistent calibration. Intra-instrument comparisons as well as SAGE II and UARS MLS data were used to evaluate the consistency of the record and make calibration adjustments as needed. In this version 8.6 processing, data for all eight instruments was reprocessed using adjusted radiances. Also for version 8.6 new ozone cross sections were used, the Brion, Daumont, and Malicet cross sections, and a cloud height climatology derived from Aura OMI measurements was used. Total column ozone appears to be consistent to about 1% for the new time series, while the ozone vertical distribution is consistent to about 5%.
Instruments used in 40 year time series
The Version 8.6 reprocessing
Long Term Ozone Change
Global average ozone: 65°S – 65°N
Plot the difference from monthly average ozone in 1979 / 1980
(removes the large annual variation and shows long term change)
Nimbus-4 BUV (1970 -1975) ) NOAA-14 SBUV/2 (1995 - 2006)
Nimbus-7 SBUV (1978 -1990) NOAA-16 SBUV/2 (2000 - present)
NOAA-9 SBUV/2 (1985 -1998) NOAA-17 SBUV/2 (2002 - present)
NOAA-11 SBUV/2 (1988 - 2001) NOAA-18 SBUV/2 (2005 - present)
NPP OMPS 2012
Other Changes in vsn. 8.6
Brion / Daumont / Malicet ozone cross sections
BDM range = 195-345nm (vs 245-340nm for B&P)
B&P uncertain at longer wavelengths (> 330 nm)
B&P has a clear temperature dependence error
Cloud pressure climatology based on OMI
IR climatology does not account for penetration of UV into clouds as shown in: A Vasilkov, J. Joiner, R. Spurr, P. K. Bhartia, P. Levelt, and G. Stephens, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D15S19, doi:10.1029/2007JD008689, 2008
Revised ozone climatology based on Aura MLS + sondes
Better coverage than SAGE
monthly / 10 latitude zones / 0 – 65 km in 1 km steps
uses > 54,000 sondes at 49 stations (1988-2010)
available from: ftp://toms.gsfc.nasa.gov/pub/ML_climatology
Global average ozone from the 8 individual instruments is shown (lower plot) while the % difference from 1979/1980 is shown in the upper plot.
Note the 4% ozone decrease since 1980.
Altitude Dependence – 45°N
Note disagreement of peak wavelengths.
The difference between the current released data (vsn. 8.0) and the re-processed version 8.6 data for is shown for the NOAA 16 SBUV/2 for the year 2001.
The altitude dependent change is mostly due to the new ozone cross sections. Ozone is lower in the upper stratosphere but slightly higher in the lower stratosphere. The increased ozone above 50 km results from the revised climatology based on MLS.
Total column ozone change is small: -1.3% in vsn. 8.6, of which approximately 1% is due to cross section change and 0.3% is due to calibration change.
Ozone measured at 45°N from the 8 individual instruments is shown for the upper stratosphere, the lower stratosphere, and total column ozone.