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Mark Richardson

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-300

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Aerosols And Clouds


Mark completed his physics degree in the UK, with a Masters’ project in condensed matter physics before moving into climate science at the University of Reading, where he worked on snow measurement techniques. He has published on a variety of climate-change-related topics and now works with the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite, using its reference channel to measure cloud thickness, and the Cloudsat satellite to test our expectations of how clouds and rain interact.


  • MPhys. Physics, University of Durham, UK (2010)
  • PhD Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading, UK (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Colorado State University Research Associate III at JPL (2020-Present)
  • UCLA JIFRESSE Research Assistant II at JPL (2018-2020)
  • Caltech postdoctoral scholar at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2015-2018)
  • Postgraduate fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, UK (2014)

Research Interests

Remote sensing, climate feedbacks, climate change

Selected Publications

  1. Li J-L F, Xu K-M, Richardson M, et al. (2021) Improved Ice Content, Radiation, Precipitation and Low-level Circulation over the Tropical Pacific from ECMWF ERA-Interim to ERA5 accepted at Environmental Research Communications
  2. Richardson M, Thompson DR, Kurowski MJ, Lebsock MD (2021) Boundary layer water vapour statistics from high-spatial-resolution spaceborne imaging spectroscopy accepted at AMT doi: 10.5194/amt-2021-89
  3. Chinita MJ, Richardson M, Teixeira J, Miranda PMA (2021) Global Mean Frequency Increases of Daily and Sub-daily Heavy Precipitation in ERA5 ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac0caa
  4. Thompson DR, Kahn BH, Brodrick PG, Lebsock MD, Richardson M, Green RO (2021) Spectroscopic imaging of sub-kilometer spatial structure in lower-tropospheric water vapor AMT doi: 10.5194/amt-14-2827-2021
  5. Clarke DC, Richardson M (2021) The Benefits of Continuous Local Regression for Quantifying Global Warming Earth and Space Science doi: 10.1029/2020EA001082
  6. Li J-L F, Xu K-M, Richardson M, et al. (2020) Annual and seasonal mean tropical and subtropical precipitation bias in CMIP5 and CMIP6 models ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abc7dd
  7. Richardson M, Lebsock MD, McDuffie J, Stephens GL (2020) A new Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 cloud flagging method and rapid retrieval of marine boundary layer cloud properties AMT doi: 10.5194/amt-13-4947-2020
  8. Takahashi H, Lebsock MD, Richardson M, Marchand R, Kay JE (2019) “When will spaceborne cloud radar detect upward shifts in cloud heights?” JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1029/2018JD030242
  9. Li JF, Richardson M, Lee W-L, Fetzer E, Stephens GL, Jiang J, Hong Y, Wang Y-H, Yu J-Y, Liu Y (2019) “Potential faster Arctic sea ice retreat triggered by snowflakes’ greenhouse effect” The Cryosphere doi: 10.5194/tc-13-969-2019
  10. Richardson M, Leinonen J, Cronk HQ, McDuffie J, Lebsock MD, Stephens GL (2019) “Marine liquid cloud geometric thickness retrieved from OCO-2’s oxygen A-band spectrometer” Atmospheric Measurement Techniques doi: 10.5194/amt-12-1717-2019
  11. Li Y-L F, Richardson M, Lee W-L, Hong Y, Jiang J, Fetzer E, Stephens GL, Wang Y-H, Yu J-Y, Liu Y (2018) Potential faster Arctic sea ice retreat triggered by snowflakes' greenhouse effect The Cryosphere Discussions doi: 10.5194/tc-2018-195
  12. Behrangi A, Richardson M (2018) Observed high-latitude precipitation amount and pattern and CMIP5 model projections Remote Sensing doi: 10.3390/rs10101583
  13. Richardson M, Cowtan K, Millar R (2018) "Global temperature definition affects achievement of long-term climate goals" Environmental Research Letters doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab305
  14. Richardson M, Stephens GL (2018) "Information content of OCO-2 oxygen A-band channels for retrieving marine liquid cloud properties" Atmospheric Measurement Techniques doi: 10.5194/amt-11-1-2018
  15. Li J-L F, Suhas E, Richardson M, Lee W-L, Wang Y-H, Yu J-Y, Lee T, Fetzer E, Stephens G, Shen M-H (2018) The Impacts of Bias in Cloud-Radiation-Dynamics Interactions on Central-Pacific Seasonal and El Nino Simulations in Contemporary GCMs Earth and Space Science doi: 10.1002/2017EA000304
  16. Richardson M, McDuffie J, Cronk H, Taylor T, Stephens G (2017) The OCO-2 Oxygen A-Band response to Liquid Marine Cloud Properties from CALIPSO and MODIS. JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2017JD026561
  17. Li F, Richardson M, Hong Y, Lee W-L,Wang Y-H, Yu J-Y, Fetzer E, Stephens G, Liu Y (2017) Improved simulation of Antarctic sea ice due to the radiative effects of falling snow Environmental Research Letters, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7a17
  18. Skuce A, Cook J, Richardson M, Winkler B, Rice K, Green S, Jacobs P, Nuccitelli D (2017) Does It Matter if the Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming Is 97% or 99.99%? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society doi: 10.1177/0270467617702781
  19. Hausfather Z, Cowtan K, Clarke DC, Jacobs P, Richardson M, Rohde R (2017) Assessing Recent Warming Using Instrumentally-Homogeneous Sea Surface Temperature Records. Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601207
  20. Li J-L F, Lee W-L, Wang Y-H, Suhas E, Yu J-Y, Richardson M, Fetzer E, Lo M-H, Yue Q (2016) Assessing the Radiative Impacts of Precipitating Clouds on Winter Surface Air Temperatures and Land Surface Properties in GCMs Using Observations. JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2016JD025175.
  21. Richardson M, Cowtan K, Hawkins E, Stolpe MB (2016) Reconciled climate response estimates from climate models and the energy budget of Earth. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3066.
  22. Stephens G, Kahn B, Richardson M (2016) The Super Greenhouse effect in a changing climate. Journal of Climate doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0234.1.
  23. Behrangi A, Christensen M, Richardson M, Lebsock M, Stephens G, Human G, Bolvin D, Adler R, Gardner A, Labrigtsen BH, Fetzer EJ (2016) Status of High latitude precipitation estimates from observations and reanalyses. JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2015JD024546.
  24. Cook J, Oreskes N, Doran P, Anderegg W, Verheggen B, Maibach E, Carlton S, Lewandowsky S, Skuce A, Green S, Nuccitelli D, Jacobs P, Richardson M, Winkler B, Painting R, Rice K (2016) Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of estimates on human-caused global warming. Environmental Research Letters doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002
  25. Richardson M, Hausfather Z, Nuccitelli D, Rice K, Abraham J (2015) Misdiagnosis of Earth climate sensitivity based on energy balance model results. Science Bulletin doi:10.1007/s11434-015-0806-z.
  26. Richardson M, Stolpe MB, Jacobs P, Jokimaki A, Cowtan K (2014) Comment on “Quantitatively evaluating the effects of CO2 emission on temperature” Quaternary International doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.04.054.
  27. Richardson M (2013) Comment on "The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature" by Humlum, Stordahl and Solheim. Global and Planetary Change 107 226-228 doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.08.011.
  28. Cook J, Nuccitelli D, Green SA, Richardson M, Winkler B, Painting R, Way R, Jacobs P, Skuce A (2013) Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature. Environmental Research Letters 8 (2) doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024.
  29. Richardson M, Davenport I, Gurney J (2013) Global Snow Mass Measurements and the Effect of Stratigraphic Detail on Inversion of Microwave Brightness Temperatures. Surveys in Geophysics doi: 10.1007/s10712-013-9263-x.
  30. Nuccitelli D, Cowtan K, Jacobs P, Richardson M, Way R, Blackburn A-M, Stolpe MB, Cook J (2013) Comment on “Cosmic-Ray Driven Reaction and Greenhouse Effect of Halogenated Molecules: Culprits for Atmospheric Ozone Depletion and Global Climate Change” International Journal of Modern Physics B doi: 10.1142/S0217979214820037.