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Odele Coddington

Research Scientist II


  • Phone: 303-492-9318
  • Fax: 303-492-6444
  • Office: SPSC-W135


Dr. Coddington's Ph.D. research focused on airborne shortwave spectral irradiance measurements with applications to atmosphere (clouds, aerosols) and surface remote sensing. Her interests include the measurements and modeling of solar irradiance and the shortwave radiation at Earth observed from surface, air, and space.
At LASP, Dr. Coddington's professional interests include solar irradiance measurements and modeling, radiative transfer modeling, supporting the measurements of the Solar Spectral Flux Radiometer, and supporting the calibration and documentation efforts for the Spectral Irradiance Monitor instrument as part of the Total and Spectral Irradiance Sensor (TSIS) satellite (launch date ~2017).


University of Colorado — Boulder, CO
Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

University of Colorado — Boulder, CO
B.A. Physics


I have published papers on solar irradiance, cloud optical properties, spectral surface albedo, statistical inverse theory and information content studies pertaining to shortwave cloud albedo and reflectance measurements.


Lead developer of the Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) for the TSIS mission.
Climate Data Record of Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance.
Statistical inverse theory applications for quantifying the uncertainties in ground-based cloud retrievals based on transmitted radiance.
Statistical inverse theory applications for quantifying the likelihood of retrieving cloud thermodynamic phase.
Information theory approaches to objective model selection and quantification of a model selection uncertainty.


Song, S., K. S. Schmidt, P. Pilewskie, M. D. King, S. Platnick, A. Heidinger, A. Walther, H. Iwabuchi, and O. Coddington (2015), The spectral signature of cloud spatial structure in shortwave irradiance, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Disc., doi:10.5194/acp-2015-911, accepted.

Coddington, O., J. Lean, P. Pilewskie, M. Snow, and D. Lindholm (2015), A solar irradiance climate data record, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00265.1.

LeBlanc, S., P. Pilewskie, K. S. Schmidt, and O. Coddington (2014), A spectral method for discriminating thermodynamic phase and retrieving cloud optical thickness and effective radius using transmitted solar radiance spectra, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 1361-1383, doi:10.5194/amt-8-1361-2015.

Coddington, O., P. Pilewskie, K. S. Schmidt, P. J. McBride and T. Vukicevic (2013), Characterizing a new surface-based shortwave cloud retrieval, based on transmitted radiance for soil and vegetated surface types, Atmosphere, 4(1):48-71.

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American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science


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