Ground-based validation of the MetOp-A and MetOp-B GOME-2 OClO measurements
Van Roozendael, M.
Yela Gonzalez, M.
Earth and related Environmental sciences
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This paper reports on ground-based validation of the atmospheric OClO data record produced within the framework of EUMETSAT's Satellite Application Facility on Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring (AC SAF) using the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME)-2A and GOME-2B instrument measurements, covering the 2007–2016 and 2013–2016 periods, respectively. OClO slant column densities are compared to correlative measurements collected from nine Zenith-Scattered-Light Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (ZSL-DOAS) instruments from the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) distributed in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Sensitivity tests are performed on the ground-based data to estimate the impact of the different OClO DOAS analysis settings. On this basis, we infer systematic uncertainties of about 25 % (i.e., about 3.75×1013 molec. cm−2) between the different ground-based data analyses, reaching total uncertainties ranging from about 26 % to 33 % for the different stations (i.e., around 4 to 5×1013 molec. cm−2). Time series at the different sites show good agreement between satellite and ground-based data for both the inter-annual variability and the overall OClO seasonal behavior. GOME-2A results are found to be noisier than those of GOME-2B, especially after 2011, probably due to instrumental degradation effects. Daily linear regression analysis for OClO-activated periods yield correlation coefficients of 0.8 for GOME-2A and 0.87 for GOME-2B, with slopes with respect to the ground-based data ensemble of 0.64 and 0.72, respectively. Satellite minus ground-based offsets are within 8×1013 molec. cm−2, with some differences between GOME-2A and GOME-2B depending on the station. Overall, considering all the stations, a median offset of about -2.2x10*13 molec. cm−2 is found for both GOME-2 instruments.
CitationPinardi, G.; Van Roozendael, M.; Hendrick, F.; Richter, A.; Valks, P.; Alwarda, R.; Bognar, K.; Frieß, U.; Granville, J.; Gu, M.; Johnston, P.; Prados-Roman, C.; Querel, R.; Strong, K.; Wagner, T.; Wittrock, F.; Yela Gonzalez, M. (2022). Ground-based validation of the MetOp-A and MetOp-B GOME-2 OClO measurements. , Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Vol. 15, Issue 11, 3439-3463, DOI: 10.5194/amt-15-3439-2022.