Aerosol parameterizations in space-based near-infrared retrievals of carbon dioxide
The scattering effects of clouds and aerosols are one of the primary sources of error when making space-based measurements of carbon dioxide. This work describes multiple investigations into optimizing how aerosols are parameterized in retrievals of the column-averaged dry-air mole fraction of carbon dioxide (XCO2) performed on near-infrared measurements of reflected sunlight from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2). The primary goal is to enhance both the precision and accuracy of the XCO2 measurements by improving the way aerosols are handled in the NASA Atmospheric CO2 Observations from ...
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