Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 167–178, 2017
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10, 167–178, 2017

Research article 12 Jan 2017

Research article | 12 Jan 2017

Altitude registration of limb-scattered radiation

Leslie Moy et al.

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UV backscatter limb sounding sensors have difficulty determining altitude registration to the accuracy needed for long-term ozone monitoring. We describe two methods to achieve this by comparing radiance measurements to models. Wavelengths and altitudes chosen minimize errors from aerosol interference, calibration errors, and ozone assumptions. The techniques are inexpensive, more comprehensive than external sources of attitude information, and track drifts in our altitude to better than 100 m.