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AMT | Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1515-1528, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1515-2018
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Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1515-1528, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1515-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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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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.
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