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Validation of the MetOp-A total ozone data from GOME-2 and IASI using reference ground-based measurements at the Iberian Peninsula

Antón, M. and Loyola, Diego and Clerbaux, C. and López, M. and Vilaplana, J.M. and Bañón, M. and Hadji-Lazaro, J. and Valks, Pieter and Hao, Nan and Zimmer, Walter and Coheur, P.F. and Hurtmans, D. and Alados-Arboledas, L. (2011) Validation of the MetOp-A total ozone data from GOME-2 and IASI using reference ground-based measurements at the Iberian Peninsula. Remote Sensing of Environment, 115 (6), pp. 1380-1386. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.01.018.

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One of the most important atmospheric composition products derived from the first EUMETSAT Meteorological Operational satellite (MetOp-A) is the total ozone column (TOC). For this purpose, MetOp-A has two instruments on board: the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment 2 (GOME-2) that retrieves the TOC data from the backscattered solar ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) radiance, and the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) that uses the thermal infrared radiance to derive TOC data. This paper focuses on the simultaneous validation of the TOC data provided by these two MetOp-A instruments using the measurements recorded by five well-calibrated Brewer UV spectrophotometers located at the Iberian Peninsula during the complete 2009. The results show an excellent correlation between the ground-based data and the GOME-2 and IASI satellite observations (R2 higher than 0.91). Differences between the ground-based and satellite TOC data show that the IASI instrument significantly overestimates the Brewer measurements (about 4.4% when all five ground-based stations are jointly used). In contrast, the GOME-2 instrument shows a slight underestimation (~ 1.6%). In addition, the absolute relative differences between the Brewer and GOME-2 data are quite smaller (about a factor higher than 2) than the Brewer–IASI absolute differences. The satellite viewing geometry (solar zenith angle and the view zenith angle) has no significant influence on the Brewer–satellite relative differences. Moreover, the analysis of these relative differences with respect to the ground-based TOC data indicates that GOME-2 instrument presents a slight underestimation for high TOC values. Finally, the IASI–GOME-2 correlation is high (R2 ~ 0.92), but with a mean relative difference of about ± 6% which could be associated with the bias between UV–Vis and infrared spectroscopy used in the retrieval processes.

Document Type:Article
Title:Validation of the MetOp-A total ozone data from GOME-2 and IASI using reference ground-based measurements at the Iberian Peninsula
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Antón, M.Universidad de Granada
Loyola, DiegoDLR-MF
López, M.Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, Madrid
Vilaplana, J.M.El Arenosillo, INTA
Bañón, M.Agencia Estatal de Meteorología, Madrid
Valks, PieterDLR-MF
Hao, NanDLR-MF
Zimmer, WalterDLR-MF
Coheur, P.F.Université Libre de Bruxelles
Hurtmans, D.Université Libre de Bruxelles
Alados-Arboledas, L.Universidad de Granada
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing of Environment
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1380-1386
Keywords:Ozone; Validation; MetOp-A; GOME-2; IASI; Brewer spectrophotometer
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Ozon-SAF (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Deposited By: Diego Loyola
Deposited On:07 Apr 2011 07:46
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:28

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