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Christian Frankenberg

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-601

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Carbon Cycle And Ecosystems


  • Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany, Dr. res. Nat., summa cum laude, Institute of Environmental Physics (2005)
  • University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
    • Diplom in Geoecology, with honors (2002)
    • Vordiplom in Geoecology, with honors (1999)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2010-Present)
  • Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    • VENI Postdoctoral Researcher (2006-2009)

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing of atmospheric trace gases
  • Biogeochemical cycles
  • Hydrological cycle and distribution of water isotopes
  • Inverse methods
  • Applied spectroscopy

Selected Awards

  • Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2012)
  • NASA Early Career Achievement Medal (2012)
  • Dutch Science Foundation, Innovational Research Incentives SchemeVeni: Research Grant (2006-2009)
  • German Chemistry Society, Best Chemistry Graduate at Ernst-Kalkuhl-Gymnasium Bonn (1996)

Selected Publications

  1. H. Tran, J.-M. Hartmann, G. Toon, L.R. Brown, C. Frankenberg, T. Warneke, P. Spietz and F. Hase: The 2v3 band of CH4 revisited with line mixing: Consequences for spectroscopy and atmospheric retrievals at 1.67 micron, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Volume111, Issue 10, July 2010, Pages 1344-1356 (2010).
  2. A. Bloom, P. I. Palmer, A. Fraser, D. Reay, C. Frankenberg: Large-scale Observations of Methanogenesis Inferred From Satellite Observations of Methane and Gravity, Science, 327, 322 (2009).
  3. F. Keppler, M. Boros, C. Frankenberg, J. Lelieveld, A. McLeod, A.M. Pirtilae, T. Roeckmann, and J.P. Schnitzler: Methane formation in aerobic environments, Environmental Chemistry, 6, 459-65 (2009).
  4. P. Bergamaschi, C. Frankenberg, J.F. Meirink, M. Krol, M.G. Villani, S. Houweling, F. Dentener, E.J. Dlugokencky, J.B. Miller, A. Engel, and I. Levin: Inverse modeling of global and regional CH4 emissions using SCIAMACHY satellite retrievals, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D22301, (2009).
  5. Schrijver, H. and Gloudemans, A.M.S. and Frankenberg, C. and Aben, I., Water vapour total columns from SCIAMACHY spectra in the 2.36 m window, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 2, 561-571 (2009).
  6. Frankenberg, C., K. Yoshimura, T. Warneke, , I. Aben, A. Butz, N. Deutscher, D. Grith, F. Hase, J. Notholt, M. Schneider, H. Schrijver, and T. Roeckmann, Dynamic Processes Governing Lower-Tropospheric HDO/H2O Ratios as Observed from Space and Ground. Science, 325 (5946), 1374 (2009).
  7. Butz, A., O. P. Hasekamp, C. Frankenberg, and I. Aben (2009), Retrievals of atmospheric CO2 from simulated space-borne measurements of backscattered near-infrared sunlight: accounting for aerosol effects, Appl. Opt. 48, 3322-3336, DOI:10.1364/AO.48.003322.
  8. Frankenberg, C., P. Bergamaschi, A. Butz, S. Houweling, J. F. Meirink, K. Petersen, H. Schrijver, T. Warneke, and I. Aben (2008), Tropical methane emissions: A revised view from SCIAMACHY onboard envisat, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L15811, DOI:10.1029/ 2008GL034300.
  9. Meirink, J. F., P. Bergamaschi, C. Frankenberg, M. T. S. d'Amelio, E. J. Dlugokencky, L. V. Gatti, S. Houweling, J. B. Miller, T. Röckmann, M. G. Villani, and M. Krol (2007), Four-dimensional variational data assimilation for inverse modelling of atmospheric methane emissions: Analysis of SCIAMACHY observations, J. Geophys. Res., OI:10.1029/2007JD009740, in press.
  10. Wagner, T., S. Beirle, T. Deutschmann, E. Eigemeier, C. Frankenberg, M. Grzegorski, C. Liu, T. Marbach, U. Platt, M. Penning de Vries (2008), Monitoring of atmospheric trace gases, clouds, aerosols and surface properties from UV/vis/NIR satellite instruments, J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt. 10 DOI: 10.1088/1464-4258/10/10/104019
  11. Frankenberg, C., T. Warneke, A. Butz, L. R. Brown, F. Hase, P. Spietz, and I. Aben (2008), Methane spectroscopy in the near infrared and its implication on atmospheric retrievals, Atm. Chem. Phys., 8, 5061-5075.
  12. Houweling, S., T. Röckmann, I. Aben, F. Keppler, M. Krol, J. Meirink, E. Dlugokencky, and C. Frankenberg (2006), Atmospheric constraints on global emissions of methane from plants, Geophys. Res. Lett, 33, L15,821, DOI:10.1029/2006GL026162.
  13. Bergamaschi, P., C. Frankenberg, J. F. Meirink, M. Krol, F. Dentener, T. Wagner, U. Platt, J. Kaplan, S. Körner, M. Heimann, et al. (2007), Satellite chartography of atmospheric methane from SCIAMACHY on board ENVISAT: 2. Evaluation based on inverse model simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 112 (D2), D02,304, DOI:10.1029/ 2006JD007268.
  14. Frankenberg, C., J. Meirink, P. Bergamaschi, A. Goede, M. Heimann, S. Körner, U. Platt, M. van Weele, and T. Wagner (2005), Satellite chartography of atmospheric methane from SCIAMACHYonboard ENVISAT: Analysis of the years 2003 and 2004, J. Geophys. Res., 111, DOI:10.1029/2005JD006235.
  15. Dils, B., M. De Maziere, J. Muller, T. Blumenstock, M. Buchwitz, R. de Beek, P. Demoulin, P. Duchatelet, H. Fast, C. Frankenberg, et al. (2006), Comparisons between SCIAMACHY and ground-based FTIR data for total columns of CO, CH4, CO2 and N2O, Atmos. Chem. Phys, 6 (7), 1953-1976.
  16. Frankenberg, C., J. F. Meirink, M. vanWeele, U. Platt, and T.Wagner (2005), Assessing Methane Emissions from Global Space-Borne Observations, Science, 308 (5724), 1010-1014, DOI:10.1126/science.1106644.
  17. Frankenberg, C., U. Platt, and T. Wagner (2005), Retrieval of CO from SCIAMACHY onboard ENVISAT: detection of strongly polluted areas and seasonal patterns in global CO abundances, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 1639-1644.
  18. Khokhar, M., C. Frankenberg, M. Van Roozendael, S. Beirle, S. Köhl, A. Richter, U. Platt, and T. Wagner (2005), Satellite observations of atmospheric SO2 from volcanic eruptions during the time-period of 1996-2002, Adv. Space Res., 36 (5), 879-887.
  19. Frankenberg, C., U. Platt, and T.Wagner (2005), Iterative maximum a posteriori (IMAP)-DOAS for retrieval of strongly absorbing trace gases: Model studies for CH4 and CO2 retrieval from near infrared spectra of SCIAMACHY onboard ENVISAT, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 9-22.
  20. Kühl, S., W. Wilms-Grabe, S. Beirle, C. Frankenberg, M. Grzegorski, J. Hollwedel, F. Khokhar, S. Kraus, U. Platt, S. Sanghavi, C. von Friedeburg, and T. Wagner (2004), Stratospheric chlorine activation in the Arctic winters 1995-200102 derived from GOME OClO measurements, Adv. Space Res., 34, 798-803, DOI:10.1016/ j.asr.2003.08.069.


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