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Comparison of airborne NO2 photolysis frequency measurements during PEM-Tropics...

Lefer, B., S. R. Hall, L. Cinquini, R. E. Shetter, J. Barrick, and J. Crawford (2001), Comparison of airborne NO2 photolysis frequency measurements during PEM-Tropics B, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 32645-32656.

During the NASA Pacific Exploratory Mission- Tropics B (PEM-Tropics B) the NO2 photolysis frequency was simultaneously measured by colocated National Center for Atmospheric Research scanning actinic flux spectroradiometer (SAFS) and commercial filter radiometer(FR) instrumentation the NASA DC-8 and the NASA P-3B research aircraft. The measurements were collected from early March to mid-April 1999 over the Pacific Ocean, spanning the region between 35N-25S latitude and 80W-170E Longitude. Over the course of the mission the SAFS and FR instruments performed quite well with both systems reporting data for more than 85% of the PEM-Tropics B flight hours. For both the SAFS and FR systems the reported total JNO2 is the sum of the signals from independent zenith and nadir viewing instruments. The 1-min average SAFS and FR jNO2 values were quite highly correlated(r• > 0.98) for both the zenith and nadir systems in this complex radiation environment. During PEM-Tropics B these instruments exhibited a difference ranging from 5 to 40% (depending on the instrument pair), with the JNO2 FR measurements always being higher. In contrast,a consistent 30% disagreement was observed for the SAFS and FR instruments during PEM Tropics A. Use of newer NO2 cross-section data would increase the SAFS JNO2 by 4%, while the larger difference between one of the FR and SAFS instrument pairs could be related to a change in the FR instrument sensitivity.

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