Retrieval of Ozone Total Columns over Evora-Portugal Using Remote Sensing Instruments During 2007-2011
- 1Geophysics Centre of Évora - University of Évora (CGE-UE), Rua Romão Ramalho, 59, 7000 Évora, Portugal
- 2Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC-CNR), Via Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna Italy
- 3Department of Physics, University of Évora, Rua Romão Ramalho 59, 7000 Évora, Portugal
Keywords: Ozone, SPATRAM, Remote Sensing, spectromer, DOAS, TOC
Abstract. The present study deals with the retrieval of Ozone (O3) Total Column (TOC) and analysis of its variability over the Observatory of the Geophysics Centre of Évora (CGE-UE) –Portugal (38.5ºN; 7.9 ºW, 300 m a.s.l.) for the period comprised 2007-2011. The data presented in this study are obtained applying the Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS) methodology to the measurements of diffused spectral sky radiation carried out along the zenith direction performed with the multipurpose UV-Vis. Spectrometer for Atmospheric Tracers Monitoring (SPATRAM) in the 250-900 nm spectral range. This ground-based spectrometer is installed at CGE-UE performing daily and automatic measurements since 2004. Other products of this scanning spectrometer are the vertical profiles of some trace gases (e.g. NO2) and monitoring of air quality. The O3 retrieved with the SPATRAM instrument confirm the typical seasonal cycle for middle latitudes reaching the maximum during the spring and the minimum during the autumn. The ground-based results obtained for O3 column are also compared with data from SCanning Imaging Absorption spectroMeter for Atmospheric CHartographY (SCIAMACHY) and Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) instruments aboard ENVISAT and ERS-2 satellites, respectively. The results show a good agreement between the datasets. The main reasons for the observed differences are discussed.