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The Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC): History, status and perspectives

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author De Mazière Martine, Thompson Anne M., Kurylo Michael J., Wild Jeannette, Bernhard Germar, Blumenstock Thomas, Hannigan James, Lambert Jean-Christopher, Leblanc Thierry, McGee Thomas J., Nedoluha Gerald, Petropavlovskikh Irina, Seckmeyer Gunther, Simon Paul C., Steinbrecht Wolfgang, Strahan Susan, Sullivan John T.,
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions
Page(s) 1 - 40
Title of proceedings Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions
DOI 10.5194/acp-2017-402

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Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


The Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) is an international global network of more than 80 stations making high quality measurements of atmospheric composition that began official operations in 1991 after five years of planning. Originally named the Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change (NDSC), the goal of NDACC is to observe changes in the chemical and physical state of the stratosphere and upper troposphere and to assess the impact of such changes on the lower troposphere and climate. NDACC’s origins, station locations, organizational structure and data archiving are described. NDACC is structured around categories of ground-based observational techniques, timely cross-cutting themes (ozone, water vapour, measurement strategies and emphases), satellite measurement systems, and theory and analyses. To widen its scope, NDACC has established formal collaborative agreements with eight other Cooperating Networks. A brief history is provided, major accomplishments of NDACC during its first 25 years of operation are reviewed, and a forward-looking perspective is presented.