• radiative transfer
  • atmospheric particles
  • climate studies
  • remote sensing
  • data integration
  • model evaluations


Stefan Kinne received his Diplom in Meteorology at the University of Hamburg, Germany in 1981 and his PhD at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City in 1987 for research in atmospheric radiative transfer. His research focused on radiative transfer and climate aspects of high altitude (cirrus) clouds. After his PhD he joined the NASA-Ames Research Center in California to continue cloud studies also analyzing data of several field experiments (FIRE, ICE and SUCCESS). Other research topics involved radiative and climatic impact studies for other atmospheric particles (e.g. polar stratospheric clouds, aerosol) and theoretical work in radiative transfer (e.g. development of parameterizations, simplified 3-D aspects). In 1997 he moved to the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center to join an inter-disciplinary effort aimed at reducing the uncertainties associated with the climatic impact of tropospheric aerosol. He focused on the analysis of high quality aerosol data provided by the (locally coordinated) ground-based (AERONET) network and synergetic efforts involving satellite remote sensing and modeling. Parallel activities included conceptual studies on the detection of the aerosol indirect effect, basic studies in radiative transfer theory and lecturing at UMBC. In 2002 Stefan Kinne returned to Hamburg to join the atmospheric modeling group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. Here, his efforts to evaluate and improve the aerosol component in climate models continued by co-coordinating the AeroCom initiative. His data-analysis as well as his model and satellite data evaluations have received continued funding by many EU-projects. In recent years, international coordination activities have expanded as a member of several atmospheric assessment teams.Locally he got involved in coordinating atmospheric measurements efforts, which culminated with the establishment at longterm observations facility at Barbados.