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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

  • Research scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2022—present)
  • Colorado State University Research Associate III at JPL (2020-2022)
  • 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. Richardson MT (2023) A Physical Explanation for Ocean Air-Water Warming Differences Under CO2-Forced Warming J. Clim. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0215.1
  2. Li JLF, Cesana GV, Xu KM, Richardson MT, Takahashi H, Jiang JH (2022) Comparisons of Simulated Radiation, Surface Wind Stress and SST Fields over Tropical Pacific by the GISS CMIP6 Versions of Global Climate Models with Observations Environ. Res. Comm. doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/aca9ab
  3. Richardson MT, Benestad RE (2022) Erroneous use of Statistics behind Claims of a Major Solar Role in Recent Warming Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics doi: 10.1088/1674-4527/ac981c
  4. Richardson MT, Roy RJ, Lebsock MD (2022) Satellites Suggest Rising Tropical High Cloud Altitude: 2002—2021 Geophys. Res. Lett. doi: 10.1029/2022GL098160
  5. Richardson MT (2022) Prospects for Detecting Accelerated Global Warming Geophys. Res. Lett. doi: 10.1029/2021GL095782
  6. Richardson MT, Thompson DR, Kurowski MJ, Lebsock MD (2022) New Sampling Strategy Removes Imaging Spectroscopy Solar-Smearing Bias in Sub-km Vapour Scaling Statistics Atmos. Meas. Tech. doi: 10.5194/amt-15-1-2022
  7. Li J-L F, Xu K-M, Richardson MT, et al. (2021) Improved Ice Content, Radiation, Precipitation and Low-level Circulation over the Tropical Pacific from ECMWF ERA-Interim to ERA5 Environ. Res. Comm. doi: 10.1088/2515-7620/ac1bfe
  8. Richardson MT, Thompson DR, Kurowski MJ, Lebsock MD (2021) Boundary layer water vapour statistics from high-spatial-resolution spaceborne imaging spectroscopy Atmos. Meas. Tech. doi: 10.5194/amt-14-5555-2021
  9. Chinita MJ, Richardson MT, 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
  10. 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
  11. Clarke DC, Richardson MT (2021) The Benefits of Continuous Local Regression for Quantifying Global Warming Earth and Space Science doi: 10.1029/2020EA001082
  12. Li J-L F, Xu K-M, Richardson MT, et al. (2020) Annual and seasonal mean tropical and subtropical precipitation bias in CMIP5 and CMIP6 models ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/abc7dd
  13. Richardson MT, 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
  14. Takahashi H, Lebsock MD, Richardson MT, Marchand R, Kay JE (2019) “When will spaceborne cloud radar detect upward shifts in cloud heights?” JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1029/2018JD030242
  15. Richardson MT et al. (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
  16. Li J-L F, Richardson MT et al. (2019) Potential faster Arctic sea ice retreat triggered by snowflakes' greenhouse effect The Cryosphere doi: 10.5194/tc-13-969-2019
  17. Behrangi A, Richardson MT (2018) Observed high-latitude precipitation amount and pattern and CMIP5 model projections Remote Sensing doi: 10.3390/rs10101583
  18. Chen C-A, Li J-L F, Richardson MT et al. (2018) Falling Snow Radiative Effects Enhance the Global Warming Response of the Tropical Pacific Atmosphere JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1029/2018JD028655
  19. Richardson MT, Cowtan K, Millar RJ (2018) Global temperature definition affects achievement of long-term climate goals ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aab305
  20. Richardson MT, Stephens GL (2018) Information content of OCO-2 oxygen A-band channels for retrieving marine liquid cloud properties AMT doi: 10.5194/amt-11-1515-2018
  21. Li J-L F, Suhas E, Richardson MT et al. (2018) The Impacts of Bias in Cloud‐Radiation‐Dynamics Interactions on Central Pacific Seasonal and El Niño Simulations in Contemporary GCMs Earth and Space Science doi: 10.1002/2017EA000304
  22. Richardson MT, McDuffie J, Stephens GL, Cronk HQ, Taylor TE (2017) The OCO‐2 oxygen A‐band response to liquid marine cloud properties from CALIPSO and MODIS JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2017JD026561
  23. Li J-L F, Richardson MT et al. (2017) Improved simulation of Antarctic sea ice due to the radiative effects of falling snow ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7a17
  24. Hausfather Z, Cowtan K, Clarke DC, Jacobs P, Richardson MT, Rohde R (2017) Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records Science Advances doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1601207
  25. Li J-L F, Lee W-L, Wang Y-H, Richardson MT et al. (2016) Assessing the radiative impacts of precipitating clouds on winter surface air temperatures and land surface properties in general circulation models using observations JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2016JD025175
  26. Skuce AG, Cook J, Richardson MT et al. (2016) Does It Matter if the Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming Is 97% or 99.99%? Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society doi: 10.1177/0270467617702781
  27. Richardson MT, 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
  28. Stephens GL, Kahn BH, Richardson MT (2016) The Super Greenhouse Effect in a Changing Climate Journal of Climate doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0234.1
  29. Behrangi A, Christensen M, Richardson MT et al. (2016) Status of high-latitude precipitation estimates from observations and reanalyses JGR Atmospheres doi: 10.1002/2015JD024546
  30. Cook J, Oreskes N, Doran PT, Anderegg WRL, Verheggen B, Maibach EW, Carlton JS, Lewandowsky S, Skuce AG, Green SA, Nuccitelli D, Jacobs P, Richardson MT, Winkler B, Painting R, Rice K (2016) Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002
  31. Richardson MT, Hausfather Z, Nuccitelli DA, Rice K, Abraham JP (2015) Misdiagnosis of Earth climate sensitivity based on energy balance model results Science Bulletin doi: 10.1007/s11434-015-0806-z
  32. Cook J, Nuccitelli D, Skuce A, Jacobs P, Painting R, Honeycutt R, Green SA, Lewandowsky S, Richardson MT, Way RG (2014) Reply to ‘Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature: A re-analysis’ Energy Policy doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.06.002
  33. Richardson MT, Stolpe MB, Jacobs P, Jokimaki A, Cowtan K (2014) Comment on “Quantitatively evaluating the effects of CO2 emission on temperature rise” Quaternary International doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2014.04.054
  34. Richardson MT (2013) Comment on “The phase relation between atmospheric carbon dioxide and global temperature” by Humlum, Stordahl and Solheim Global and Planetary Change doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2013.03.011
  35. Cook J, Nuccitelli D, Green SA, Richardson MT et al. (2013) Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature ERL doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024024