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Hartmut Aumann

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-300

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Tropospheric Composition

Principal Scientist


  • B.A. in Physics, University of Idaho (1962)
  • M.A. in Nuclear Physics, University of Oklahoma (1964)
  • Ph.D. Space Science, Astrophysics, Rice University (1970)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1970-Present)
    • AIRS Project Instrument Scientist (2012-present)
    • AIRS Project Scientist (1993-2012)
    • IRAS Project Scientist (1976-1993)
    • JPL Technical Staff (1970-1976)
  • Research Scientist (Exploration Division), Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, Houston, Texas (1964-1966)

Community Service

  • USFS volunteer since 1993

Research Interests

  • Astrophysics
  • Climate Research

Selected Awards

  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal for the outstanding and sustained service in leading the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder Science Team (2012)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for the calibration of the AIRS spectrometer on the EOS Aqua satellite (2003)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Award for the discovery of the first protoplanetary system in orbit around Vega. (1984)

Selected Publications

  1. Aumann H. H. and 21 coauthors, 2017: Evaluation of Radiative Transfer Models with Clouds. JGR Atmospheres doi:10.1029/2017JD028063
  2. Aumann H. H. and A. Ruzmaikin , 2013: Frequency of deep convective clouds from ten years of AIRS data, ACP 13, 1-39, doi:10.5194/acpd-13-1-2013
  3. Aumann, H. H.,  A. Rusmaikin and A. Behrangi, 2012: On the Surface Temperature Sensitivity of the Reflected Shortwave, Outgoing Longwave  and Net Incident Radiation, J.Climate doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00607.1
  4. Aumann, H.H. , S.G. DeSouza-Machado and A. Behrangi 2011: Deep Convective Clouds at the Tropopause, Atmos.Chem. Phys., 11, 1-10, 2011 doi:10.5194/acp-11-1-2011
  5. Aumann, Hartmut H., Alexander Ruzmaikin and Joao Teixeira (2008) "Frequency of severe srorms and global warming" GRL v.35, L19805, doi:10.1029/2008GRL034562.
  6. Aumann, H. H., David Gregorich and Sergio M. DeSouza-Machado (2006) "AIRS Observations of Deep Convective Clouds", SPIE Photonics Conference 13-17 August 2006 San Diego, CA, paper 6301-20.
  7. Aumann, H.H., S. Broberg, D. Elliott, S. Gaiser and D. Gregorich (2006) "Three years of Atmospheric Infrared Sounder radiometric calibration validation using sea surface temperatures", JGR v111.D16S90, doi:10.1029/2005JD006822.
  8. Aumann, H.H., David Gregorich and Steve Gaiser (2005) "AIRS hyper-spectral measurements for climate research: Carbon Dioxide and nitrous oxide effects",GRL v32,L05806,doi:10.1029/2004GL021784.
  9. Aumann, Hartmut H., David Gregorich, Steve Gaiser and Moustafa T. Chahine "Application of Advanced Infrared Sounder Data for Climate Research," Proc. SPIE 5570 Las Palomas, Spain (2004)
  10. Aumann, H. H., David Gregorich and Diana Barron, "Spectral Cloud-screening of AIRS data: Non-Polar Ocean," Proc. SPIE 49th Annual Meeting on Optical Science and Technology 2-6 August 2004, Denver Colorado 5548-42 (2004)
  11. Aumann, H.H., M.T. Chahine, and Diana Barron, "Sea Surface Temperature Measurements with AIRS: RTG.SST Comparison," Proc. SPIE. 5151 Earth Observing Systems VII, San Diego ( William L. Barnes, editor) (2003)
  12. Aumann, H.H., M.T. Chahine, C. Gautier, M. Goldberg, E. Kalnay, L. McMillin, H. Revercomb, P.W. Rosenkranz, W. L. Smith, D. H. Staelin, L. Strow and J. Susskind, "AIRS/AMSU/HSB on the Aqua Mission: Design, Science Objectives, Data Products and Processing Systems," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol.41.2. pp.253-264 (2003)
  13. Aumann, H. H. and T. S. Pagano, "Early results from AIRS on EOS," Proc. SPIE Intern. Symp. on Remote Sensing, Crete, Greece (2002)
  14. Aumann, H. H., D. T. Gregorich, S. L. Gaiser, D. F. Hagan, T. S. Pagano, L. Strow and D. Ting, "AIRS Level 1b Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document (ATBD) Part 1 (IR)" (2000)