J. L. Stanford and J.R. Ziemke, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011

R. D. McPeters, A. J. Krueger, and P. K. Bhartia, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA REFERENCE PUBLICATION No. 1360, (1995). 80 pages.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD


This reference publication presents selected results from space-time spectral analyses of 13 years of version 6 daily global ozone fields from the Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer (TOMS). One purpose is to illustrate more quantitatively the well-known richness of structure and variation in total ozone. A second purpose is to provide, for use by modelers and for comparison with other analysts' work, quantitative measures of zonal waves 1, 2, 3, and medium-scale waves 4-7 in total ozone. Their variations throughout the year and at a variety of latitudes are presented, from equatorial to polar regions. The 13-year averages are given, along with selected individual years which illustrate year-to-year variability. The largest long wave amplitudes occur in the polar winters and early spring of each hemisphere, and are related to strong wave amplification during major warming events. In low latitudes total ozone wave amplitudes are an order of magnitude smaller than at high latitudes. However, TOMS fields contain a number of equatorial dynamical features, including Rossby-gravity and Kelvin waves.

Copies of NASA RP-1360 (Stanford et al., 1995) may be obtained from:

NASA Center for Aerospace Information 800 Elkridge Landing Road Linthicum Heights, Maryland 21090--2934 Telephone: (301) 621--0390

All of the tabulated results in the Reference Publication are also available directly via ftp. The Nimbus 7 total ozone wave analyses results (including Fortran subroutines to read the data) can be accessed on Internet:

ftp jwocky.gsfc.nasa.gov logon: anonymous password: (your e-mail address) cd pub/nimbus7/waves

[ Then copy the file(s) using ``get $<$filename$>$'' ]

Special inquiries concerning the Reference Publication may be addressed via electronic mail to: ziemke@jwocky.gsfc.nasa.gov.