Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1717–1737, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1717–1737, 2019

Research article 18 Mar 2019

Research article | 18 Mar 2019

Marine liquid cloud geometric thickness retrieved from OCO-2's oxygen A-band spectrometer

Mark Richardson et al.


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Short summary
We retrieve cloud properties, including geometric thickness, by combining hyperspectral Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) A-band measurements with CALIPSO lidar. This uses cloudy scene data that are not used in OCO-2's main mission, which is aimed at clear-sky atmospheric CO2 abundance. This is the first retrieval using such hyperspectral information and promises to provide a unique constraint on the properties of low liquid clouds over the ocean.