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Surface ozone observations were made from the second half of the last century up to the first decades of the present century at many observatories in the world using the Schönbein technique. Although there are some uncertainties about that technique and on possible interferences, accurate readings can be converted to present-time concentrations (ppbv). The analysis of data series gathered at some sites at mid-latitudes of the northern and southern hemispheres leads to the conclusion that a century ago the mean ozone level was about 10 ppbv, the seasonal course changing in relation to local climatology. From that time anthropogenic emissions have increased the ozone level, more at northern than at southern latitudes.

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Authors: ANFOSSI D, Istituto di Cosmogeofisica del CNR, Torino (IT);SANDRONI S, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Il Nuovo Cimento, Vol. 17C (1994) No. 2, pp. 199-208
Record Number: 199411234 / Last updated on: 1994-11-25
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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