Articles | Volume 9, issue 4
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1671–1684, 2016
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 1671–1684, 2016
Research article
15 Apr 2016
Research article | 15 Apr 2016

The potential of clear-sky carbon dioxide satellite retrievals

Robert R. Nelson et al.

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In this work, we test the hypothesis that clear-sky retrievals may perform as well as full-physics retrievals for very clear scenes. It was found that for simulated OCO-2 measurements, the clear-sky retrieval had errors comparable to those of the full-physics retrieval. For real GOSAT data, the clear-sky retrieval had errors 0–20 % larger than the full-physics retrieval over land and 20–35 % larger over ocean. This work implies that clear-sky retrievals may be more useful than previously assumed.