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Sebastian Schmidt

Associate Research Professor


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  • Office: SPSC-W132


Dr. Sebastian Schmidt focuses on atmospheric and surface remote sensing and energy budget studies from aircraft, space, and from the ground. He specializes in spectrally resolved measurements of shortwave radiation, one- and three-dimensional radiative transfer calculations, and in designing and building instrumentation for radiation measurements as well as cloud and aerosol in-situ observations. Currently, he is working on spectral retrieval algorithms for cloud-aerosol layers, ocean color and trace-gas properties, and on new hardware for airborne irradiance measurements. He participated in multiple field experiments, and is familiar with all aspects of aircraft field experiments from proposal development, planning, instrumentation, to conducting field operations.


Universität Leipzig — Leipzig, Germany
Ph.D. Meteorology (2005)

Universität Leipzig — Leipzig, Germany
M.S. (Diploma) Physics (1999)


Publications by year (papers by students I (co-)advise(d) or co-advise are marked with *):


Kindel, B. C., Pilewskie, P., Schmidt, K.S., Thornberry, T., Rollins, A., and Bui, T.: Upper‐troposphere and lower‐stratosphere water vapor retrievals from the 1400 and 1900 nm water vapor bands, under review for Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT)

Schmidt, K. S., H. Kalesse, R. Buras, M. Wendisch, B. Mayer, P. Pilewskie, M. King, L. Tian, G. Heymsfield, S. Platnick: Cirrus spatial heterogeneity and ice crystal shape: Effects on remote sensing of cirrus optical thickness and effective crystal radius, under revision for J. Geophys. Res.

Schmidt, K. S., O. M. Coddington, B. Baum, P. Yang, S. E. LeBlanc, M. D. King, and P. Pilewskie: Retrieval of crystal habit and roughness from spectral reflectance of ice clouds – Theoretical basis and first applications, in preparation for Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT).

Lance, S., Lawson, R. P., Mitchell, D., Jensen, E., and [...]

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