We propose a novel approach to describing the scattering effects of atmospheric aerosols using H2
O retrievals in the near infrared. We found that the aerosol scattering effect is the primary contributor to the variations in the wavelength dependence of the H2
O SCD retrievals and the scattering effects can be derived using H2
O retrievals from multiple bands. This proposed method could potentially contribute towards reducing biases in greenhouse gas retrievals from space.