Total Ozone Determination from the Backscattered Ultraviolet (BUV) Experiment

K. F. Klenk Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD 20737

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P. K. Bhartia Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD 20737

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V. G. Kaveeshwar Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD 20737

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R. D. McPeters Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD 20737

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P. M. Smith Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation, Riverdale, MD 20737

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A. J. Fleig NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20770

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Abstract

The algorithm used to derive total ozone from the Nimbus 4 Backscattered Ultraviolet (BUV) experiment is described. A seven-year global data set with more than one million retrievals has been produced and archived using this algorithm. The algorithm is a physical retrieval scheme using accurate radiative transfer computations. Error sources are discussed and verified using Dobson network comparisons and the statistics of the BUV A- and B-pair derived ozone values.

Abstract

The algorithm used to derive total ozone from the Nimbus 4 Backscattered Ultraviolet (BUV) experiment is described. A seven-year global data set with more than one million retrievals has been produced and archived using this algorithm. The algorithm is a physical retrieval scheme using accurate radiative transfer computations. Error sources are discussed and verified using Dobson network comparisons and the statistics of the BUV A- and B-pair derived ozone values.

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