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AMT | Articles | Volume 13, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1157–1166, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1157-2020
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 1157–1166, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-1157-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 09 Mar 2020

Research article | 09 Mar 2020

An automated method for preparing and calibrating electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesondes

Francis J. Schmidlin and Bruno A. Hoegger

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The procedure for preparing electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesondes are considered to be standardized, but there remains the question of actual measurement accuracy, believed to be 5–10 %. It would be ideal to include a reference instrument on the balloon flight to aid in checking ECC accuracy and reliability. Balloon-borne reference instruments are not usually available, mostly because they are too expensive for other than occasional use.
The procedure for preparing electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesondes are considered...
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