Reprocessing the Southern Hemisphere ADditional OZonesondes (SHADOZ) Database for Long-Term Trend Analyses

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Jacquelyn C Witte1, Anne W Thompson2, Gerrie Coetzee3, Masatomo Fujiwara4, Bryan J Johnson5, Chance Wiley Sterling6, Patrick Cullis7, Christopher E Ashburn8 and Thomas E Northam1, (1)Science Systems and Applications, Inc., Lanham, MD, United States, (2)NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States, (3)South African Weather Service, Pretoria, South Africa, (4)Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, (5)NOAA Boulder, ESRL/GMD, Boulder, CO, United States, (6)NOAA Boulder, Boulder, CO, United States, (7)Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Boulder, CO, United States, (8)Science Systems and Applications, Inc. Hampton, Hampton, VA, United States
SHADOZ is a large archive of tropical balloon-bone ozonesonde data at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center with data from 14 tropical and subtropical stations provided by collaborators in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa <http:croc.gsfc.nasa.gov.shadoz>. The SHADOZ time series began in 1998, using electrochemical concentration cell (ECC) ozonesondes. Like many long-term sounding stations, SHADOZ is characterized by variations in operating procedures, launch protocols, and data processing such that biases within a data record and among sites appear. In addition, over time, the radiosonde and ozonesonde instruments and data processing protocols have changed, adding to the measurement uncertainties at individual stations and limiting the reliability of ozone profile trends and continuous satellite validation. Currently, the ozonesonde community is engaged in reprocessing ECC data, with an emphasis on homogenization of the records to compensate for the variations in instrumentation and technique. The goals are to improve the information and integrity of each measurement record and to support calculation of more reliable trends. We illustrate the reprocessing activity of SHADOZ with selected stations. We will (1) show reprocessing steps based on the recent WMO report that provides post-processing guidelines for ozonesondes; (2) characterize uncertainties in various parts of the ECC conditioning process; and (3) compare original and reprocessed data to co-located ground and satellite measurements of column ozone.