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Variation of total column ozone along the monsoon trough region over north India

Meena, GS and Patil, SD (2011) Variation of total column ozone along the monsoon trough region over north India. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32 (9). pp. 2581-2590.

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This study examined the total column ozone (TCO) variations over NewDelhi (28.65° N, 77.217° E) and Varanasi (25.32° N, 83.03° E), which lie along themonsoon trough region, and over the tropical station Kodaikanal (10.23° N, 77.46° E), which lies outside the monsoon trough. Monthly, seasonal and annual TCO variations were determined using data from ground-based Dobson spectrophotometers during 2000-2008, Brewer spectrophotometers during 2000-2005 and the satellite-based Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Cartography (SCIAMACHY) during 2002-2008. We found that Dobson, Brewer and SCIAMACHY TCO variations showed negative trends, indicating a decreasing tendency during the period studied at all three stations. Over Varanasi, the trend decreased further by about 3 DU year-1. Quasi-Biennial Oscillation (QBO) influences were seen in the time series of TCO over New Delhi and Varanasi, and weaker QBO signals over Kodaikanal. Comparisons were made between ground-based Dobson and Brewer spectrophotometer and SCIAMACHY satellite monthly mean TCO values. The differences between SCIAMACHY and Dobson TCO were 0.4-4.2 for New Delhi and 2.3-6.2 for Varanasi. The differences between SCIAMACHY and Brewer TCO values were 2.0-6.4 for Kodaikanal. In the peak monsoon months (July and August), decreases in TCO values over New Delhi and Varanasi (the monsoon trough region) may be due to the deep convection present during the monsoon season. During themonsoon season, several intense cyclonic systems appear over the monsoon trough region and may cause lowering of the TCO. Kodaikanal shows opposite features, with high values being observed during the peak monsoon months. TCO values over New Delhi were found to be higher than those over Varanasi and Kodaikanal, and TCO values over Varanasi were higher than over Kodaikanal. It was concluded that TCO values increase with increasing latitude.

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Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Taylor and Francis.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Atmospheric cartography; Brewer spectrophotometers; Deep convection; Dobson spectrophotometer; Ground based; Monsoon season; North India; Quasi-biennial oscillation; Scanning imaging absorption spectrometer; Total column ozone; Tropical stations; Trough region, Mapping; Maps; Meteorological instruments; Ozone; Spectrometers; Time series; Ultraviolet spectrophotometers, Atmospheric thermodynamics, annual variation; ground-based measurement; monsoon; ozone; satellite data; SCIAMACHY; seasonal variation; spatial variation; spectrophotometry; trough, Delhi; India; New Delhi
Subjects: Meteorology and Climatology
Depositing User: IITM Library
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2014 07:15
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2014 07:15

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