Inexpensive devices to measure solar UV irradiance are available to monitor atmospheric ozone, for example, total ozone portable spectroradiometers (TOPS instruments). A procedure to convert these measurements into ozone estimates is examined. For well-characterized filters with 7-nm FWHM bandpasses, the method provides ozone values (from 304- and 310-nm channels) with less than 0.4% error attributable to inversion of the theoretical model. Analysis of sensitivity to model assumptions and parameters yields estimates of ±3% bias in total ozone results with dependence on total ozone and path length. Unmodeled effects of atmospheric constituents and instrument components can result in additional ±2% errors.
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Lawrence E. Flynn, Gordon J. Labow, Robert A. Beach, Michael A. Rawlins, and David E. Flittner, "Estimation of ozone with total ozone portable spectroradiometer instruments. I. Theoretical model and error analysis," Appl. Opt. 35, 6076-6083 (1996)