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Publication of the report "Thirteenth Intercomparison Campaign of the Regional Brewer Calibration Center Europe"

 

 

We are pleased to present the "Thirteenth Intercomparison Campaign of the Regional Brewer Calibration Center Europe", published as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Report nº 246.

This thirteenth campaign was a joint exercise of the Regional Brewer Calibration Center for Europe (RBCC-E) and the Regional Dobson Calibration Center (RDCC-E) with the support of MeteoSwiss and of the Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) Programme of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report presents a summary of the campaign, including the comparison of the RBCC-E travelling reference to the Brewer triad operating at the Izaña Atmospheric Observatory (AEMET) before and after the travel, and a detailed analysis for each of the participating instruments.

 

Figure 1: Setting up the instruments at the Arosa observatory


 

The following operations were performed by the RBCC-E during the intercomparison:

●     Ozone calibration against the RBCC-E travelling reference (Brewer #185). This spectrophotometer is part of the Brewer triad maintained by the Izaña Atmospheric Research Centre (IARC) of the State Meteorological Agency of Spain (AEMET).

●     Compilation of the calibration histories of the participating instruments.

●     Evaluation of the Level 2 Eubrewnet ozone data for the period between intercomparisons.

 

The initial Brewer comparison results (using the instruments’ original calibration constants) indicates that all of the instruments present an ozone deviation lower than 1% with respect to the reference (see Fig. 2) if the SL correction is applied; note that the comparison is performed limiting the ozone slant column to 900DU, to exclude the observations affected by stray light. After the maintenance tasks in Brewer #044 and with the application of the determined stray light corrections, the agreement with respect to the reference was lower than 0.5% in all the instruments (Fig. 3).

 

The report is a joint publication WMO and AEMET  available here, the spanish version will soon be available.

 


 

Figure 2. Ozone relative percentage differences of all Arosa 2018 participating instruments to RBCC-E travelling standard IZO#185. Ozone measurements collected during the blind period are reprocessed using the original calibration constants, the observations are limited to one with ozone slant column lower than 900 DU to exclude stray light effect, with (red symbols) and without (blue) standard lamp correction. Error bars represent the standard deviation.

 

 

Figure 3.Ozone relative percentage differences of all Arosa 2018 participating instruments to RBCC-E travelling standard IZO#185. Ozone measurements collected during the final period are reprocessed using the proposed calibration constants, with (red) and without (blue) stray light correction. Error bars represent the standard deviation.