# Retrieval and analysis of stratospheric NO$_2$ from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment

 Title Retrieval and analysis of stratospheric NO$_2$ from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment Publication Type Journal Article Year of Publication 2004 Authors Wenig, M, Kuhl, S, Beirle, S, Bucsela, E, Jähne, B, Platt, U, Gleason, J, Wagner, T Journal J. Geophys. Res. Volume 109 Pagination D04315, 1--11 ISSN 0148-0227 Abstract We describe the retrieval of stratospheric NO2 vertical column densities from the Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment (GOME) aboard the ERS-2 satellite. Different differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS) evaluations are compared in order to investigate uncertainties caused by the diffuser plate. An improved version of our algorithm to separate the tropospheric and stratospheric fraction of NO2 from GOME satellite data is described and is used to extract a long term data set of stratospheric NO2 (1996-2000). In addition, the average seasonal variation in the global distribution is determined, which allows us to monitor and investigate specific aspects of stratospheric chemistry, in particular the interhemispheric comparison of stratospheric NO2. In contrast to other satellite observations (e.g., SAGE II, OSIRIS), GOME observations of stratospheric NO2 include the lower stratosphere. In general, our observations are in agreement with previous measurements and confirm the current knowledge of stratospheric nitrogen chemistry. DOI 10.1029/2003JD003652 Citation Key wenig2004