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In the framework of EUMETSATís Satellite Application Facility on Ozone and Atmospheric Chemistry monitoring (O3M-SAF), the Koninklijk Meteorologisch Instituut (KMI) in Belgium and the Meteorological Observatory Hohenpeissenberg of the Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD) have developed ozone profile validation facilities, aiming to the operational validation of the GOME-2 data on board METOP-A which was launched in Oct. 2006. The facilities are based on detailed comparisons of satellite ozone profiles with quality approved ground based measurements from lidars, balloon sondes and microwave radiometers. Results are height resolved differences between satellite and reference instruments and analyses of dependencies of differences from various meteorological and geophysical parameters.

During the operational phase of O3M-SAF the validation results will be updated every six months.

Distribution of ground based ozone profile monitoring stations.


    Lidar

    Micro Wave

    Ozone Sondes

 

01/10/2012 Time series of validation results with lidars and microwave radiometers updated
27/10/2009 New report on ozone profile validation with ozone sondes, lidar and microwave instruments available.
14/05/2009 New report on ozone profile validation with ozone sondes, lidar and microwave instruments available.
30/09/2008 Gome-2 ozone profile validation with lidar and microwave radiometers: report available

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