Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1515–1528, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1515-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1515–1528, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1515-2018

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

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OCO-2 Level 1B calibrated, geolocated science spectra, Retrospective Processing V8r OCO-2 Science Team, Michael Gunson, and Annmarie Eldering https://doi.org/10.5067/1RJW1YMLW2F0

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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.