Validations of satellite ozone profiles in austral spring using ozonesonde measurements in the Jang Bogo station, Antarctica

Hana Lee, Taejin Choi, Seong Joong Kim, Juseon Bak, Dha Hyun Ahn, Natalya Alekseyevna Kramarova, Sang Seo Park, Jhoon Kim, Ja Ho Koo

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Using ozonesonde measurements from 2015 to 2018 at the Jang Bogo station located in the southeastern Antarctic region, we evaluate ozone profiles retrieved from the three satellite measurements that are widely used: Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS), and Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) data. For the fair validation, ozonesonde profiles are smoothed using the weighting function of each satellite retrieval algorithm (i.e., convolution process). Compared with limb-viewing MLS and OMPS ozone profiles, the OMI ozone profiles are relatively less qualified: coarser vertical resolution and larger inter-annual variation. Nevertheless, our validation reveals that the quality of all three satellite ozone profiles looks comparable; In general, difference from ozonesonde profile is ∼1 ppm absolutely, and −20 to 30% relatively at maximum. This quantitative range well corresponds to previous work, meaning that our new validation confirms the reliability of satellite ozone profiles in the southeastern Antarctic region where the measurement data for the validation were not enough. Another interesting feature is the role of a priori ozone profile; Nadir-viewing OMI satellite can have qualified ozone profiles by a proper assumption of a priori ozone profile. Since the performance of limb-viewing ozone profiles is better, however, the careful usage of nadir-viewing ozone profile is still required. We think that the simultaneous usage of multiple satellite ozone profiles can contribute to better understanding of Antarctic ozone characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number114087
JournalEnvironmental Research
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Nov

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Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Korea Polar Research Institute (grant no. PE22030 ). This research was also supported by the Yonsei Signature Research Cluster Program of 2021 ( 2021-22-0003 ).

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© 2022 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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