Simultaneous assimilation of ozone profiles from multiple UV-VIS satellite instruments

Jacob C.A. van Peet, Ronald J. van der A, Hennie M. Kelder, Pieternel F. Levelt

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A three-dimensional global ozone distribution has been derived from assimilation of ozone profiles that were observed by satellites. By simultaneous assimilation of ozone profiles retrieved from the nadir looking satellite instruments Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2 (GOME-2) and Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI), which measure the atmosphere at different times of the day, the quality of the derived atmospheric ozone field has been improved. The assimilation is using an extended Kalman filter in which chemical transport model TM5 has been used for the forecast. The combined assimilation of both GOME-2 and OMI improves upon the assimilation results of a single sensor. The new assimilation system has been demonstrated by processing 4 years of data from 2008 to 2011. Validation of the assimilation output by comparison with sondes shows that biases vary between ĝ'5 and +10ĝ€̄% between the surface and 100ĝ€̄hPa. The biases for the combined assimilation vary between ĝ'3 and +3ĝ€̄% in the region between 100 and 10ĝ€̄hPa where GOME-2 and OMI are most sensitive. This is a strong improvement compared to direct retrievals of ozone profiles from satellite observations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1685-1704
Number of pages20
JournalAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2018


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