Ozone loss from quasi-conservative coordinate mapping during the 1999–2000 SOLVE/THESEO 2000 campaigns

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[1] Ozone observations made by the Airborne Raman Ozone, Temperature, and Aerosol Lidar (AROTEL) and Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL) on board the NASA DC-8 aircraft, the NOAA in situ instrument on board the NASA ER-2 aircraft, and Third European Stratospheric Experiment on Ozone 2000 (THESEO 2000) ozonesondes are analyzed by applying a quasi-conservative coordinate mapping technique. Measurements from the late winter/early spring SAGE III Ozone Loss and Validation Experiment (SOLVE) period (January through March 2000) are incorporated into a time-varying composite field in a potential vorticity-potential temperature coordinate space; ozone loss rates are calculated both with and without diabatic effects. The average loss rate from mid-January to mid-March near the 450 K isentropic surface in the polar vortex is found to be approximately 0.03 ppmv/d.

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