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OMI Tropospheric Sulfur Dioxide Retreival: Validation and Analysis

dc.contributor.advisorDickerson, Russell Ren_US
dc.contributor.authorMcClure, Brittanyen_US
dc.description.abstractSO2 impacts the radiative balance of the Earth and is the precursor to the major acid and much of the particulate matter in the atmosphere. Improved spectrometer resolution of the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) enables SO2 retrieval in the planetary boundary layer. OMI has a small spatial resolution of 13 km x 24 km and daily near-global coverage. I have evaluated the accuracy of the OMI by comparing aircraft measurements in Northeast China to the OMI retrieval of three different algorithms: the Band Residual Difference (BRD), the Spectral Fit (SF), and a combination of the two (SF & BRD). The SF algorithm shows the best agreement with a less than 15% difference for high SO2 loading (greater than 1 DU). The SF & BRD has a ~ -0.25 DU bias, the BRD and SF a ~ -0.1 DU bias. The noise of the OMI is reduced to ~0.2 DU by averaging over 100 days and is not improved by increasing the averaging time. The OMI is also able to track SO2 as it moves away from its source region in the PBL and once it is lofted above this layer.en_US
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dc.titleOMI Tropospheric Sulfur Dioxide Retreival: Validation and Analysisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledChemistry, Generalen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledAtmospheric Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSulfur Dioxideen_US

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