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Linda Forster

Linda Forster's research focuses on satellite and ground-based remote sensing of clouds. She is developing retrieval methods of cloud properties using radiative transfer modeling. In her current Postdoctoral project she is working on methods to advance 3D tomographic cloud reconstruction towards using MISR multi-angle observations from space. This project is a collaboration between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich and JPL.

She received her Ph.D. in Meteorology from LMU Munich where she developed a retrieval to infer ice crystal properties in thin cirrus clouds using observations of halo displays. Prior to her graduate project she studied effects of 3D photon transport on the radiative forcing of contrails and investigated groundbased polarimetric remote sensing to retrieve water cloud optical properties.

  • Ph.D. in Meteorology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) Munich, Germany, 2013 - 2017
  • M.Sc. in Meteorology, LMU Munich, 2009 - 2012
  • B.Sc. in Physics, LMU Munich, 2006 - 2009

Research Interests
  • Satellite and ground-based remote sensing of clouds and aerosols
  • 1D and 3D radiative transfer modeling including polarization
  • Instrument design and characterization
  • Machine learning


The Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument provides a unique opportunity for studying the environment and climate of Earth through the acquisition of global multiangle imagery on the daylit side of Earth.

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The Intercomparison of 3D Radiation Codes (I3RC) is an ongoing grassroots project in the international atmospheric 3D radiative transfer community focused on creating benchmarks for and verifying their computational models.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow JPL/LMU 2018 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant LMU 2017-2018
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, LMU Munich, Germany, 2013-2017
  • Visiting Scientist at NASA GISS, New York City, 2012

Selected Awards
  • Outgoing LMU Research Fellowship 2018
  • Amelia Earhart International Fellowship 2015
  • Amelia Earhart Award 2014

Selected Publications
  • Forster, L. et al., 2017: Ice Crystal Characterization in Cirrus Clouds: a Sun-Tracking Camera System and Automated Detection Algorithm for Halo Displays. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10 (7), 2499- 2516, doi:10.5194/amt-10-2499-2017.
  • Voigt, C., L. Forster et al., 2016: ML-CIRRUS - The airborne experiment on natural cirrus and contrail cirrus with the high-altitude long-range research aircraft HALO. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 271-288, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00213.1.
  • Forster, L. et al., 2012: Effects of Three-Dimensional Photon Transport on the Radiative Forcing of Realistic Contrails. J. Atmos. Sci., 69 (7), 2243-2255, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-11-0206.1.

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