The SouthTRAC aircraft campaign operates the German High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft HALO to investigate transport, composition and dynamics of the Southern Hemisphere upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS). Intensive operation periods take place in September and November 2019 out of Rio Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Research topics include the influence of biomass burning on the UTLS, outflow from the Antarctic ozone hole and the life cycle of gravity waves.
NDACC News and Events
New output for 2018 is available for all stations. All file types from 1985-2017 have been revised – either corrected or improved; see details below. The new files have ‘MR2V2’ in the name to distinguish them as version 2 (V2) files that were created from a simulation integrated with MERRA2. All files can be downloaded via anonymous ftp from ModelDataLink. The files are generated from a GMI chemistry transport model (CTM) simulation integrated with MERRA2 reanalysis meteorology.
Ralf Zuber et al. on the validation of a new array spectroradiometer: A measurement system consisting of two array spectroradiometers, a UV-BTS and a VIS-BTS was set up, to achieve a wavelength range from 200 nm to 1050 nm. This system has been compared with the NDAC travelling UV spectroradiometer, which id a double monochromator-based device that complies to the NDACC specifications at a measurement campaign for spectral global irradiance with the aim to validate an array spectroradiometer as well with the stated NDACC specifications.
The annual meeting of the international Steering Committee (SC) for NDACC was held 10-14 September 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland at the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). Geir Braathen of WMO hosted the meeting.
The second SPARC/WMO Long-term Ozone Trends and Uncertainties in the Stratosphere (LOTUS) workshop took place in Geneva, September 17-19, 2018 (https://events.oma.be/indico/event/56/overview).
About 30 participants gathered to discuss open issues remaining after publishing the SPARC/WMO LOTUS report that was aimed at providing timely input to the 2018 Ozone assessment.