Sebastian Schmidt

Associate Professor


  • Phone: 303-492-6423
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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)



Song, S., Schmidt, K. S., Pilewskie, P., King, M. D., Heidinger, A. K., Walther, A., Iwabuchi, H., and Coddington, O. M.: The spectral signature of cloud spatial structure in shortwave irradiance, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2015-911.

Feingold, G., A. McComiskey, T. Yamaguchi, J. S. Johnson, K. S. Carslaw, K. S. Schmidt: New approaches to quantifying aerosol influence on the cloud radiative effect, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), doi:10.1073/pnas.1514035112

Smith et al., 2016: Arctic Radiation-IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE): The Arctic Radiant Energy System During the Critical Seasonal Ice Transition, accepted for the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Yang, W., A. Marshak, P. J. McBride, J. C. Chiu, Y. Knyazikhin, K. S. Schmidt, C. Flynn, E. R. Lewis: Observation of the spectrally invariant properties of clouds in cloudy-to-clear transition zones during the MAGIC Field Campaign, submitted to J. Geophys.Res. [...]

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