Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
16 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 16 Mar 2018

Information content of OCO-2 oxygen A-band channels for retrieving marine liquid cloud properties

Mark Richardson and Graeme L. Stephens

Data sets

OCO-2 Level 1B calibrated, geolocated science spectra, Retrospective Processing V8r OCO-2 Science Team, Michael Gunson, and Annmarie Eldering

Short summary
This study analyses how much information can be obtained about liquid clouds over oceans using measurements of reflected sunlight by the OCO-2 satellite. We find that using 75 of the 853 functioning oxygen A-band channels is sufficient to retrieve cloud optical depth, and the height and thickness of the cloud in terms of atmospheric pressure coordinates, to better than 3 hPa.