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Ozone Abundances in the Lower Mesosphere Deduced from Backscattered Solar Radiances

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  • 1 Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Space Physics Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109
  • | 2 Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. 20771
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Abstract

Backscatter ultraviolet data obtained by the Explorer E satellite imply very large ozone column abundances above 56 km in the tropics during mid-day. The number of molecules in a vertical column decays by a factor of 2–3 after the solar zenith angle exceeds 75° in the evening. An increase of similar magnitude occurs after sunrise. Such behavior implies the presence of a greater source of odd oxygen than is included in current photochemical theories. Ozone profiles deduced between altitudes of 50 and 62 km when the solar zenith angle exceeds 80° are in reasonable agreement with past rocket results.

Abstract

Backscatter ultraviolet data obtained by the Explorer E satellite imply very large ozone column abundances above 56 km in the tropics during mid-day. The number of molecules in a vertical column decays by a factor of 2–3 after the solar zenith angle exceeds 75° in the evening. An increase of similar magnitude occurs after sunrise. Such behavior implies the presence of a greater source of odd oxygen than is included in current photochemical theories. Ozone profiles deduced between altitudes of 50 and 62 km when the solar zenith angle exceeds 80° are in reasonable agreement with past rocket results.

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