Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
Research article
27 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 27 Sep 2017

Ozone comparison between Pandora #34, Dobson #061, OMI, and OMPS in Boulder, Colorado, for the period December 2013–December 2016

Jay Herman, Robert Evans, Alexander Cede, Nader Abuhassan, Irina Petropavlovskikh, Glenn McConville, Koji Miyagawa, and Brandon Noirot

Abstract. A one-time-calibrated (in December 2013) Pandora spectrometer instrument (Pan #034) has been compared to a periodically calibrated Dobson spectroradiometer (Dobson #061) co-located in Boulder, Colorado, and compared with two satellite instruments over a 3-year period (December 2013–December 2016). The results show good agreement between Pan #034 and Dobson #061 within their statistical uncertainties. Both records are corrected for ozone retrieval sensitivity to stratospheric temperature variability obtained from the Global Modeling Initiative (GMI) and Modern-Era Retrospective analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA-2) model calculations. Pandora #034 and Dobson #061 differ by an average of 2.1 ± 3.2 % when both instruments use their standard ozone absorption cross sections in the retrieval algorithms. The results show a relative drift (0.2 ± 0.08 % yr−1) between Pandora observations against NOAA Dobson in Boulder, CO, over a 3-year period of continuous operation. Pandora drifts relative to the satellite Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite (OMPS) are +0.18 ± 0.2 % yr−1 and −0.18 ± 0.2 % yr−1, respectively, where the uncertainties are 2 standard deviations. The drift between Dobson #061 and OMPS for a 5.5-year period (January 2012–June 2017) is −0.07 ± 0.06 % yr−1.

Short summary
A co-located Pandora Spectrometer Instrument (Pan #034) has been compared to a well-calibrated Dobson spectroradiometer (Dobson #061) in Boulder, Colorado, and with two satellite instruments over a 3-year period. The results show good agreement between Pa n#034 and Dobson #061 and with the satellite data within their statistical uncertainties.