Earth System Research Laboratory Ozone Water Vapor Group Ozonesonde Measurements

ESRL GMD OZWV Ozonesonde

browse graphicOzonesonde Launch at the South Pole
The Ozone and Water Vapor Group is part of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) in Boulder, CO. The Ozone Water Vapor Group conducts research on the nature and causes of the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer and the role of stratospheric and tropospheric ozone and water vapor in forcing climate change and in modifying the chemical cleaning capacity of the atmosphere. This is accomplished through long-term observations and intensive field programs that measure ozone and water vapor levels in the upper troposphere and stratosphere. The Reference Network used by the Ozone and Water Vapor Group is part of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO. The measurement programs include Total Column Ozone Measurements (Dobson Ozone), Surface Ozone Measurements, Ozonesonde Measurements using balloons, and Water Vapor measurements using balloons.

An ozonesonde is a lightweight, balloon-borne instrument that is mated to a conventional meteorological radiosonde. As the balloon ascends through the atmosphere it sends information on ozone and standard meteorological quantities (air temperature, pressure, and relative humidity) back to a ground receiving station. The balloon is able to ascend to altitudes of about 115,000 feet (35 km) in about two hours before it will burst. Ozonesonde are launched approximately weekly from 9 locations including American Samoa, Antarctica, Greenland, Fiji, and the United States (Alabama, California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Rhode Island). The data have been collected since 1967.
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Johnson, Bryan J.; Cullis, Patrick D.; and NOAA ESRL (2018): Earth System Research Laboratory Ozone Water Vapor Group Ozonesonde Measurements, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5CC0XZ1 [access date].
  • doi:10.7289/V5CC0XZ1
  • NCEI DSI 3267_01
  • C01563
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Distribution Formats
  • netCDF-4
Distributor Customer Engagement Branch
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1-828-271-4800
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Dataset Point of Contact Allen Jordan
Software/Electrical Engineer
DOC/NOAA/ESRL/GMD > Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4781
allen.jordan@noaa.gov
Dataset Point of Contact Audra McClure-Begley
Associate Scientist
DOC/NOAA/ESRL/GMD > Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-6823
audra.mcclure@noaa.gov
Time Period 1967-01-17 to Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 90.0
S: -90.0
E: 180.0
W: -180.0
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-01-01
  • creation: 1967-01-17
Edition 1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Ongoing - data is continually being updated
Data Update Frequency Weekly
Purpose The Ozone and Water Vapor Group conducts research on the nature and causes of the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer and the role of stratospheric and tropospheric ozone and water vapor in forcing climate change and in modifying the chemical cleansing capacity of the atmosphere. This data will be used by researchers with a similar mission.
Use Limitations
  • Bad data are already removed and the bin size is large enough that the instrument response time and lag should not be an issue.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Johnson, Bryan J.; Cullis, Patrick D.; and NOAA ESRL (2018): Earth System Research Laboratory Ozone Water Vapor Group Ozonesonde Measurements, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5CC0XZ1 [access date].
Principal Investigators
  • Bryan Johnson
    DOC/NOAA/ESRL/GMD > Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Collaborators
  • Patrick D.
    DOC/NOAA/ESRL/GMD > Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY > OXYGEN COMPOUNDS > OZONE
Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Essential Climate Variables (ECVs)
  • Atmospheric - Composition - Ozone
  • Atmospheric - Upper-air - Upper-air Water Vapour
Keyword Thesaurus Title
  • WEATHER BALLOON
Data Center keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/ESRL/GMD > Global Monitoring Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Platform keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • BALLOONS
  • RADIOSONDES
Instrument keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • OZONESONDES
  • RADIOSONDES
  • GPS
Place keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > COLORADO
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN > POLYNESIA > FIJI
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > HAWAII
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > ALABAMA
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > RHODE ISLAND
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN > AMERICAN SAMOA
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN > GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
  • CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > GREENLAND
  • CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > CALIFORNIA
Project keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Project Keywords
  • ESRL > Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA)
Data Resolution keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Resolution Keywords
  • Vertical Resolution Range: > 1 km
  • Temporal Resolution Range: Weekly - < Monthly
Stratum keywords NASA Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > STRATOSPHERE
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > TROPOSPHERE
Use Constraints
  • Cite this dataset when used as a source: Johnson, Bryan J.; Cullis, Patrick D.; and NOAA ESRL (2018): Earth System Research Laboratory Ozone Water Vapor Group Ozonesonde Measurements, Version 1. [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. doi:10.7289/V5CC0XZ1 [access date].
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Fees
  • Electronic downloads of the data are free, however fees may apply for data certifications and data distribution on physical media.
Lineage information for: dataset
Lineage Statement Over 50 years of records of balloon ozonesonde launches initiating at Boulder CO. The dataset originated here at NOAA ESRL, starting with strip chart recordings of sondes in the late 60s.
Processing Environment Windows, using in-house post-processing software written in C# (SkySonde).
Lineage information for: repository
Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Last Modified: 2018-03-15
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