Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) Ozone Total Column, Ozone Profile, and UV-Reflectivity, Level-2 50x50 km V006 (SSBUVL2) at GES DISCEntry ID: GES_DISC_SSBUVL2_V006
Abstract: Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) Level-2 Ozone data are available for the first four of the eight space shuttle missions flown between 1989 and 1991. SSBUV, a successor to the SBUV flown on the Nimbus-7 satellite, is nearly identical to the SBUV/2 instruments flying on the NOAA satellites. Data are available in an ASCII AMES text format. Ozone profiles of the upper atmosphere and ... total column ozone values are available for the following time periods:
Flight #1: 1989 October 19, 20, 21
Flight #2: 1990 October 7, 8, 9
Flight #3: 1991 August 3, 4, 5, 6
Flight #4: 1992 March 29, 30
SSBUV measures spectral ultraviolet radiances backscattered by the earth's atmosphere. For the ozone measurements the instrument steps over wavelengths between 252.2 and 339.99 nm while viewing the earth in the nadir position (50 km x 50 km footprint at nadir) at 19 pressure levels between 0.3 mb and 100 mb.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Hilsenrath, E.
Dataset Title: Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) Ozone Total Column, Ozone Profile, and UV-Reflectivity, Level-2 50x50 km
Dataset Series Name: SSBUVL2
Dataset Release Date: 1993-06-24
Dataset Release Place: Greenbelt, MD, USA
Dataset Publisher: Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Data Presentation Form: Digital Science DataOnline Resource: http://disc.gsfc.nasa.gov/datacollection/SSBUVL2_V006.html
Start Date: 1989-10-19Stop Date: 1992-03-31
Latitude Resolution: 50 km at nadir
Longitude Resolution: 50 km at nadir
Vertical Resolution: 7 km
Temporal Resolution: Daily
ISO Topic Category
Quality Ozone along orbital track in the nadir and daytime only. Ozone values listed in the AMES ASCII format have been screened to include only those scans that pass quality code standards (as specified in the file header). Portions of mission are dedicated to SSBUV solar view; thus there is incomplete spatial coverage within the stated latitude bounds.
SBUV ... total ozone and ozone profiles have been extensively validated using Dobson, Umkehr, balloon and rocket data. Some comparisons have been performed with SAGE ozone profiles. In general there is agreement among these measurements to within the errors of the measurements. These analysis appear in the references. SSBUV data should be at least as accurate as these data.
The confidence levels and accuracy judgments for the SSBUV parameters are as follows:
Accuracy: 2% based o NIST absolute standards
Wavelength dependent: 1%
Flight to flight precision: 1-2%
Accuracy: 5% at 40 km increasing to 10% at upper and lower limits (50 and 25 km)
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: FTP/HTTP
Distribution Size: 4.6 MB
Distribution Format: AMES
Email: Ernest.Hilsenrath at nasa.gov
Province or State: DC
Postal Code: 20546-0001
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: Richard.P.Cebula at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 613.3
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: Suraiya.Ahmad at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Fleig, A. J., R. D. McPeters, P. K. Bhartia, B. Schlesinger, R. P. Cebula, K. F. Klenk, S. L. Taylor, and D. Heath, "Nimbus 7 Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV) Ozone Products User's Guide", NASA Reference Publication 1234, (1990)
Cebula, R. P., E. Hilsenrath, T. J. Kelly, G. Batluck, "On the Radiometric Stability of the Shuttle Borne Solar ... Backscatter Ultraviolet Spectrometer", Proc. SPIE, 1493, 91-99, (1991)
Hilsenrath, E., R.P. Cebula, M.C. Bories, P.W. DeCamp, L.-K. Huang, C.N. Hui, S.J. Janz, T.J. Kelly, K.R. McCullough, J.J. Mederios, J.T. Riley, B.K. Rice, and C.D. Thorpe, 1996: Contributions of the SSBUV Experiment to Long-Term Ozone Monitoring, in Proc. 18th Quadrennial Ozone Symposium, L'Aquila 1996.
Hilsenrath, E., P.A. Newman, R.P. Cebula, P.W. DeCamp, T.J. Kelly and L. Coy, "Ozone Change from 1992 to 1993 as Observed from SSBUV on the Atlas-1 and Atlas-2 Missions," Geophy. Res. Lett., 23 2305-2308, 1996.
Hilsenrath, E., R.P. Cebula, M.T. Deland, K. Laamann, S. Taylor, C. Wellemeyer, and P.K. Bhartia, 1995: Calibration of the NOAA-11 Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SBUV/2) Ozone Data Set from 1989 to 1993 using In-Flight Calibration Data and SSBUV, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 1351-1366, 1995.
Hilsenrath, E., D.E. Williams, R.T. Caffrey, R.P. Cebula, and S.J. Hynes, "Calibration and Radiometric Stability of the Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) Experiment," Metrologia, 30, 243-248, 1993.
Hilsenrath, E., R.P. Cebula, and C.H. Jackman, "Ozone Depletion in the Upper Stratosphere Estimated from Satellite and Space Shuttle Data," Nature, 358, 131-133, 1992.
Hilsenrath, E., R.P. Cebula, S.J. Hynes, and R.T. Caffrey, "Implications of Space Shuttle Flight on the Calibration of Instruments Observing Atmospheric Ozone and the Solar Irradiance," Metrologia, 28, 301-308, 1991.
Hilsenrath, E., D. Williams, and J. Frederick, "Calibration of Long Term Data Sets from Operational Satellites using the Space Shuttle," SPIE Proc., 924, 215-222, 1988.
Kriebel, D.L., R.M. Bevilacqua, E. Hilsenrath, M. Gunson, G.K. Hartmann, M. Abrams, M. Daehler, T.A. Pauls, M. Newchurch, C.P. Aellig and M.C. Bories, 1996: A Comparison of Ozone Measurements Made by the ATMOS, MAS and SSBUV Instruments During Atlas-1, Atlas-2, and Atlas-3, Geophy. Res. Lett., 23 2301-2304, 1996.
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