Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 49–64, 2014

Special issue: Changes in the vertical distribution of ozone – the SI2N report...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 49–64, 2014

Research article 08 Jan 2014

Research article | 08 Jan 2014

Assessment of Odin-OSIRIS ozone measurements from 2001 to the present using MLS, GOMOS, and ozonesondes

C. Adams1,*, A. E. Bourassa1, V. Sofieva2, L. Froidevaux3, C. A. McLinden1,4, D. Hubert5, J.-C. Lambert5, C. E. Sioris1, and D. A. Degenstein1 C. Adams et al.
  • 1Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • 2Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • 3Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
  • 4Environment Canada, Downsview, Ontario, Canada
  • 5Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Brussels, Belgium
  • *now at: Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Abstract. The Optical Spectrograph and InfraRed Imaging System (OSIRIS) was launched aboard the Odin satellite in 2001 and is continuing to take limb-scattered sunlight measurements of the atmosphere. This work aims to characterize and assess the stability of the OSIRIS 11 yr v5.0x ozone data set. Three validation data sets were used: the v2.2 Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) and v6 Global Ozone Monitoring by Occultation of Stars (GOMOS) satellite data records, and ozonesonde measurements. Global mean percent differences between coincident OSIRIS and validation measurements are within 5% at all altitudes above 18.5 km for MLS, above 21.5 km for GOMOS, and above 17.5 km for ozonesondes. Below 17.5 km, OSIRIS measurements agree with ozonesondes within 5% and are well-correlated (R > 0.75) with them. For low OSIRIS optics temperatures (< 16 °C), OSIRIS ozone measurements have a negative bias of 1–6% compared with the validation data sets for 25.5–40.5 km. Biases between OSIRIS ascending and descending node measurements were investigated and found to be related to aerosol retrievals below 27.5 km. Above 30 km, agreement between OSIRIS and the validation data sets was related to the OSIRIS retrieved albedo, which measures apparent upwelling, with a positive bias in OSIRIS data with large albedos. In order to assess the long-term stability of OSIRIS measurements, global average drifts relative to the validation data sets were calculated and were found to be < 3% per decade for comparisons with MLS for 19.5–36.5 km, GOMOS for 18.5–54.5 km, and ozonesondes for 12.5–22.5 km. Above 36.5 km, the relative drift for OSIRIS versus MLS ranged from ~ 0 to 6% per decade, depending on the data set used to convert MLS data to the OSIRIS altitude versus number density grid. Overall, this work demonstrates that the OSIRIS 11 yr ozone data set from 2001 to the present is suitable for trend studies.