Articles | Volume 6, issue 11
Research article
08 Nov 2013
Research article |  | 08 Nov 2013

Revised temperature-dependent ozone absorption cross-section spectra (Bogumil et al.) measured with the SCIAMACHY satellite spectrometer

W. Chehade, V. Gorshelev, A. Serdyuchenko, J. P. Burrows, and M. Weber

Abstract. Absorption cross-section spectra for ozone and other trace gases had been measured using the Scanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) satellite instrument at relevant atmospheric conditions. The measured cross sections were relative cross sections and were converted to absolute values using published data. Using SCIAMACHY's FM cross sections as published by Bogumil et al. (2003) in the SCIAMACHY retrievals of total ozone leads to an overestimation in the total ozone by 5% compared to collocated GOME data. This work presents the procedures followed to correct the ozone cross-section data starting from original raw data (optical density spectra). The quality of the revised temperature-dependent ozone absorption cross sections is investigated over SCIAMACHY's entire spectral range. The revised data agree well within 3% with other published ozone cross sections and preserve the correct temperature dependence in the Hartley, Huggins, Chappuis and Wulf bands as displayed by the literature data. SCIAMACHY's total ozone columns retrieved using the revised cross-section data are shown to be within 1% compared to the ozone amounts retrieved routinely from SCIAMACHY, which uses Bogumil et al. (2003) data but adjusted with a scaling factor of 5.3% and a wavelength shift of 0.08 nm.