Total Ozone Observations During the Past 80 Years

  • S. Brönnimann
  • C. Vogler
  • J. Staehelin
  • R. Stolarski
  • G. Hansen
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 33)


Ozone plays a key role in the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere. Total ozone, that is, the amount of ozone in an air column, is therefore a variable of vital climatic and environmental importance. The operational measurement of total ozone reaches back to the pioneering work of G. M. B. Dobson in the 1920s. Here, we give a brief overview of total ozone observations during the past 80 years, including the development of ground-based monitoring networks as well as the more recent satellite sensors. We summarize the measurement techniques, the available data as well as issues related to quality and comparability.


Total Ozone Ozone Monitoring Instrument Atmospheric Ozone Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer Stellar Spectrum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Brönnimann
    • 1
  • C. Vogler
    • 1
  • J. Staehelin
    • 1
  • R. Stolarski
    • 2
  • G. Hansen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science ETH ZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  3. 3.Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)TromsøNorway

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