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Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7963-7972, 2009
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22 Oct 2009
Technical Note: A SAGE-corrected SBUV zonal-mean ozone data set
C. A. McLinden, S. Tegtmeier, and V. Fioletov Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada
Abstract. A stratospheric vertically resolved, monthly, zonal-mean ozone data set based on Satellite Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) and Solar Backscatter UltraViolet (SBUV) data spanning 1979–2005 is presented. Drifts in individual SBUV instruments and inter-SBUV biases are corrected using SAGE I and II by calculating differences between coincident SAGE-SBUV measurements. In this way the daily, near-global coverage of SBUV(/2) is combined with the stability and precision of SAGE to provide a homogeneous ozone record suitable for trend analysis. The resultant SAGE-corrected SBUV data set, shows, for example, a more realistic Quasi-Biennial Oscillation signal compared to the one derived from SBUV data alone. Furthermore, this methodology can be used to extend the present data set beyond the lifetime of SAGE II.

Citation: McLinden, C. A., Tegtmeier, S., and Fioletov, V.: Technical Note: A SAGE-corrected SBUV zonal-mean ozone data set, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 7963-7972,, 2009.
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