Tropospheric Ozone Laminar Structures and Vertical Correlation Lengths
M.J. Newchurch1, G. Huang1, J. Burris2, S. Kuang1, W. Cantrell1, L. Wang1 and P.I. Buckley1
1Department of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL 35816; 256-961-7825, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2National Aeronautics Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771
Tropospheric ozone profiles often show laminar structures in both the PBL and the free troposphere. We study the quantitative definition and evolution of ozone laminar structures, correlations of surface ozone with ozone aloft, and continuous ozone observations, based on twelve-year Huntsville ozonesonde data and the Huntsville Ozone Differential Absorption Lidar (DIAL). We conclude: (1) Ozone values at altitudes higher that 1-2 km above the surface carry little physical information about contemporaneous surface ozone, (2) Free-tropospheric and nocturnal residual-layer ozone values do affect surface ozone through processes that are not well understood, but do involve evolving physical/chemical processes, and (3) Ozonesondes are good for observing snapshots of atmospheric processes resulting in laminar structure, while DIAL is good for observing the evolution of atmospheric processes involving laminar structures.