Stratospheric ozone and ClO measurement using balloon-borne submillimeter limb sounder

Satoshi Ochiai, Sho Tsujimaru, Yoshihisa Irimajiri, Takeshi Manabe, Isao Murata

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Stratospheric O3 and CIO were simultaneously observed off the northeastern coast of Japan by the Balloon-Borne Superconducting Submillimeter-Wave Limb-Emission Sounder (BSMILES) developed at National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. BSMILES is a highly sensitive submillimeter radiometer that exploits the superconductor-insulator- superconductor (SIS) technology for atmospheric research. This paper presents the first BSMILES spectra, and describes the details of the calibration process. The vertical profiles of O3 and ClO have been also retrieved. In spite of some calibration uncertainties the obtained profiles are in relatively good agreement with previous and other available measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1258-1265
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jun


  • Balloon-borne observation
  • Limb sounder
  • Microwave spectroscopy
  • Retrieval of atmospheric profile
  • Stratospheric chemistry
  • Submillimeter wave
  • Superconducting receiver


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