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Validation Summary

The Sentinel-5p TROPOMI L2_O3 data  (both NRTI and OFFL)  are in good overall agreement with correlative ground-based measurements from the Brewer, Dobson and NDACC ZSL-DOAS/SAOZ monitoring networks, and also with the MetOp-B GOME-2, Aura OMI, and Suomi-NPP OMPS-nadir satellite instruments. Across the monitoring networks the median bias of about +0.8% (NRTI) and +0.3% (OFFL)  and the standard deviation of the relative difference meet mission requirements, that is, a bias lower than 3.5% and an uncertainty due to random errors (dispersion) better than ±2.5%. The instrumental switch to smaller (along-track) ground pixels on the 6th of August 2019 does not alter the agreement with the ground-based reference data. The upgrade of the UPAS processor to version 02.01.03 on 16 July 2020 (NRTI) and 13 July 2020 (OFFL) improves the agreement to ground-based data for the NRTI product over complex snow/ice scenes. The upgrade to version 2.2.1 in early July 2021, using now the new v2 L1b data, causes a slight increase in the S5P ozone columns, and also in the bias w.r.t. the ground-based data, of approximately 0.7% for NRTI and 1.5% for OFFL.

Product IDStreamVersionOrbitsBiasDispersionSpecial features
L2_O3 NRTI

02.03.00
02.02.01
02.01.04
02.01.03

22813-now
19308-22810
16259-19306
14285-16256

0.8% 2.5% Improved performance over snow/ice w.r.t. v01.xx.xx. Some increase in overall bias (+0.7%) since v02.02.01 (July 2021) is possible. No detailed results yet for v02.03.00 (since 9 March 2022).

01.01.08
01.01.07
01.01.06
01.01.05
01.01.02
01.00.00

12482-14285
7999-12482
7631-7999
5931-7631
4245-5930
2955-3943

0.8% 2.4% Larger dispersion over snow/ice due to coarse surface albedo climatology (up to v02.01.03).
OFFL/RPRO

02.03.00
02.02.01
02.01.04
02.01.03
01.01.08
01.01.07

22768-now
19258-22767
16213-19257
14239-16212
12431-14238
2818-12431

0.3% 2% Some increase in overall bias (+1.5%) since v02.02.01 (July 2021) is possible. No detailed results yet for v02.03.00 (since 6 March 2022).

 

The graphs below summarize the up-to-date estimates of TROPOMI total O3 data quality obtained from comparisons to ground-based direct-sun and zenith-sky measurements, for the UPASv2.2.1 processor in operation since July 2021 (NRTI in the upper panel, OFFL in the lower panel) ). Shown is the meridian dependence of the median (the circular markers) and spread (±1 sigma, the error bars) of the percent relative difference between S5p and ground-based ozone column data, represented at individual stations from the Antarctic to the Arctic and per measurement type (Brewer, Dobson, and ZSL-DOAS). The values in the legend correspond to the median and spread of all median (per station) differences. For clarity, sunrise and sunset ZSL-DOAS results are represented separately (offset by -0.5˚ and +0.5˚ in latitude).

A detailed description of the method and a comprehensive discussion of validation results can be found in the Quarterly Validation Report #14: April 2018 - March 2022.

 

O3 pole2pole NRTI v221

 

O3 pole2pole OFFL v221