Articles | Volume 5, issue 1
Research article
17 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 17 Jun 2016

Brewer spectrometer total ozone column measurements in Sodankylä

Tomi Karppinen, Kaisa Lakkala, Juha M. Karhu, Pauli Heikkinen, Rigel Kivi, and Esko Kyrö

Abstract. Brewer total ozone column measurements started in Sodankylä in May 1988, 9 months after the signing of The Montreal Protocol. The Brewer instrument has been well maintained and frequently calibrated since then to produce a high-quality ozone time series now spanning more than 25 years. The data have now been uniformly reprocessed between 1988 and 2014. The quality of the data has been assured by automatic data rejection rules as well as by manual checking. Daily mean values calculated from the highest-quality direct sun measurements are available 77 % of time with up to 75 measurements per day on clear days. Zenith sky measurements fill another 14 % of the time series and winter months are sparsely covered by moon measurements. The time series provides information to survey the evolution of Arctic ozone layer and can be used as a reference point for assessing other total ozone column measurement practices.

Short summary
In this paper, a 26-year-long time series of total ozone column above Arctic Research Center in Sodankylä is presented. The time series is produced using a uniform method, presented in the paper, for retrieving the ozone column from the measurements. The data are checked for obvious errors and filtered automatically and manually to ensure that only good-quality data are delivered to public databases. Some features of the time series are highlighted and availability of the measurements is presented.