Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
Research article
18 Dec 2020
Research article |  | 18 Dec 2020

Retrieved wind speed from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

Robert R. Nelson, Annmarie Eldering, David Crisp, Aronne J. Merrelli, and Christopher W. O'Dell

Data sets

OCO-2 Level 2 geolocated XCO2 retrievals results, physical model, Retrospective Processing V10r OCO-2 Science Team/Michael Gunson, and Annmarie Eldering

RtRetrievalFramework nasa

RT Retrieval Framework California Institute of Technology

Short summary
Measurements of surface wind speed over oceans are scientifically useful. Here we show that the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), originally designed to measure carbon dioxide using reflected sunlight, can also accurately and precisely measure wind speed. OCO-2's high spatial resolution means that it can observe close to coastlines and therefore be used to study coastal wind processes and inform related economic sectors.