Odele Coddington

Research Scientist


  • 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. She applies advanced statistical inverse theory approaches to quantify the data characteristics and to drive new instrument design and retrieval methodologies.


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

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


Dr. Coddington has published papers on solar irradiance, cloud optical properties, spectral surface albedo, and advanced 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.


Coddington, O., T. Vukicevic, K. S. Schmidt, and S. E. Platnick (2017), Characterizing the information content of cloud thermodynamic phase retrievals from the notional PACE OCI shortwave reflectance measurements, JGR-Atmos., (in revision 4/19/2017).

Coddington, O., J. Lean, P. Pilewskie, and T. Woods (2017), Newly released climate data records of total and spectral solar irradiance are based on SORCE observations, GSICS (in production).

Kren, A., P. Pilewskie, and O. Coddington (2017), Where does Earth’s atmosphere get its energy?, J. Space Weather and Space Clim., 7, doi:10.1051/swsc/2017007.

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., 16, 13791-13806, doi:10.5194/acp-16-13791-2016.

Coddington, O., J. Lean, P. Pilewskie, M. Snow, and D. Lindholm (2015), A solar irradiance climate data record, Bull. [...]

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American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society

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