Operational considerations to improve total ozone measurements with a Microtops II ozone monitor

J.L. Gómez-Amo, V. Estellés, A. Di Sarra, R. Pedrós, M.P. Utrillas, J.A. Martínez-Lozano, C. González-Frias, E. Kyrö, J.M. Vilaplana

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A Microtops II "ozone monitor" with UV channels centered at 305.5, 312.5, and 320 nm has been used routinely in six experimental campaigns carried out in several geographic locations and seasons, covering latitudes from 35 to 68°N during the last ten years (2001-2011). The total ozone content is retrieved by Microtops II by using different combinations (Channel I, 305.5/312.5 nm; Channel II, 312.5/320 nm; and Channel III, 305.5/312.5/320 nm) of the signals at the three ultraviolet wavelengths. The long-term performance of the total ozone content determination has been studied taking into account the sensitivities to the calibration, airmass, temperature and aerosols. When a calibration was used and the airmass limit was fixed to 3, the root mean square deviations of the relative differences produced by Microtops II with respect to several Brewers are 0.9, 2, and 2% respectively for the Channel I, Channel II, and Channel III retrieval. The performance of the Microtops retrieval has been stable during the last ten years. Channel I represents the best option to determine the instantaneous total ozone content. Channels II and III values appear weakly sensitive to temperature, ozone content, and aerosols. Channel II is more stable than Channel I for airmasses larger than 2.6. The conclusions do not show any dependence on latitude and season. © 2012 Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759 - 769
Number of pages11
JournalAtmospheric Measurement Techniques
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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Gómez-Amo, J. L., Estellés, V., Di Sarra, A., Pedrós, R., Utrillas, M. P., Martínez-Lozano, J. A., ... Vilaplana, J. M. (2012). Operational considerations to improve total ozone measurements with a Microtops II ozone monitor. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 5(4), 759 - 769. https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-5-759-2012