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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 45, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2352–2359

Tropospheric ozone profiles from a ground-based ultraviolet spectrometer: a new retrieval method

Xiong Liu, Kelly Chance, Christopher E. Sioris, Michael J. Newchurch, and Thomas P. Kurosu  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 45, Issue 10, pp. 2352-2359 (2006)

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We present, to the best of our knowledge, a new method to retrieve tropospheric ozone ( O 3 ) profiles from ground-based ultraviolet spectroscopic measurements. This method utilizes radiance spectra in the Huggins bands ( i .e . , 300 340   nm ) measured at three off-axis angles (e.g., 45 ° , 75 ° ,   and   85 ° ) normalized to direct-Sun irradiances or zenith-sky radiances with the total column O 3 derived from direct-Sun or zenith-sky measurements as a constraint. The vertical resolution of the retrieved O 3 values ranges from 3   km near the surface to 12   km   at   20  km altitude. This method can be used to measure diurnal variation of tropospheric O 3 profiles and is complementary to the Umkehr method that mainly measures ozone profiles in the stratosphere.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2170) General : Equipment and techniques
(010.4950) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Ozone
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: October 5, 2004
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2005

Xiong Liu, Kelly Chance, Christopher E. Sioris, Michael J. Newchurch, and Thomas P. Kurosu, "Tropospheric ozone profiles from a ground-based ultraviolet spectrometer: a new retrieval method," Appl. Opt. 45, 2352-2359 (2006)

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