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Comparison of SAGE II ozone measurements and ozone soundings at Uccle (Belgium) during the period February 1985 to January 1986The ozone profiles obtained from 24 balloon soundings at Uccle (50 deg 48 min N, 4 deg 21 min E) made with electrochemical ozonesondes were used as correlative data for SAGE II ozone profiles retrieved within a distance of at most 600 km from Uccle. The agreement between the two data sets is in general quite good, especially for profiles nearly coincident in time and space, and during periods of little dynamic activity over the area considered. The percent difference between the ozone column density of the mean balloon and SAGE profile is 4.4 percent (-3.3) percent in the altitude region between 10 and 26 km. From a statistical analysis it appears that there is a small but meaningful difference between the mean profiles at the level of the ozone maximum and around the 30-km level. An error analysis of both data sets give similar results, leading to the conclusion that these differences are instrumentally induced. However, differences between the mean profiles in the lower stratosphere are probably real and due to the high ozone variability in time and space in that altitude region.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
De Muer, D. (Institut Royal Meteorologique de Belgique Brussels, Belgium)
De Backer, H. (Institut Royal Meteorologique de Belgique Brussels, Belgium)
Zawodny, J. M. (Institut Royal Meteorologique de Belgique Brussels, Belgium)
Veiga, R. E. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA; Institut Royal Meteorologique de Belgique, Brussels, Belgium)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
July 20, 1990
Publication Information
Publication: Journal of Geophysical Research
Volume: 95
ISSN: 0148-0227
Subject Category
Distribution Limits