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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 surface, air, and space measurements and modeling of shortwave spectral irradiance.
At LASP, Dr. Coddington's professional interests include 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 the subjects of spectral surface albedo, cloud optical properties, statistical inverse theory and the Shannon information content of hyperspectral cloud albedo 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.


LeBlanc, S. E., P. Pilewskie, K. S. Schmidt, and O. Coddington (in progress), A generalized method for discriminating thermodynamic phase and retrieving cloud optical thickness and effective radius using transmitted shortwave radiance spectra, expected submission to Atmos. Chem. And Physics.

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.

Coddington, O., P. Pilewskie, and T. Vukicevic (2012), The Shannon information content of hyperspectral shortwave cloud albedo: Quantification and Practical Applications, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D04025, doi:10.1029/2011JD016771.

Kindel, B. C., P. Pilewskie, K. S. Schmidt, O. Coddington, and M. D. King (2011), Solar spectral absorption by marine stratus clouds: Measurements and modeling, J. Geophys. Res., doi: 10.1029/2010JD015071.

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


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