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Gerard van Harten

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-200
Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Aerosols And Clouds


  • PhD in Astronomy, Leiden University (2014)
  • MSc in Astrophysics, Utrecht University (2010)
  • BSc in Physics and Astronomy, Utrecht University (2009)

Professional Experience

  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2017-Present)
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology (2015 - 2017)
  • Postdoctoral scholar, SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research (2014-2015)

Research Interests

  • Polarimetric instrumentation: development and characterization
  • Remote sensing of aerosols and clouds
  • Level 0, 1 and 2 data analysis

Selected Publications

  1. Smit, J. M., Rietjens, J. H. H., van Harten, G., Di Noia, A., Laauwen, W., Rheingans, B. E., Diner, D. J., Cairns, B., Wasilewski, A. P., Knobelspiesse, K. D., Ferrare, R. A., Hasekamp, O. P., SPEX airborne spectropolarimeter calibration and performance, Applied Optics 58, 2019
  2. Knobelspiesse, K., Tan, Q., Bruegge, C., Cairns, B., Chowdhary, J., van Diedenoven, B., Diner, D., Ferrare, R., van Harten, G., Jovanovic, V., Ottaviani, M., Redemann, J., Seidel, F., Sinclair, K., Intercomparison of airborne multi-angle polarimeter observations from the Polarimeter Definition Experiment (PODEX), Applied Optics 58, 2019
  3. Van Harten, G., Diner, D. J., Daugherty, B. J. S., Rheingans, B. E., Bull, M. A., Seidel, F. C., Chipman, R. A., Cairns, B., Wasilewski, A. P., Knobelspiesse, K. D., Calibration and validation of Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) polarization measurements, Applied Optics 57, 2018
  4. Xu, F., van Harten, G., Diner, D. J., Davis, A. B., Seidel, F. C., Rheingans, B. E., Tosca, M. G., Alexandrov, M. D., Cairns, B., Ferrare, R. A., Burton, S. P., Fenn, M. A., Hostetler, C. A., Wood, R., Redemann, J., Coupled Retrieval of Liquid Water Cloud and Aerosol Above Cloud Properties using the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI), Journal of Geophysical Research 123, 2018
  5. Xu, F., van Harten, G., Diner, D. J., Kalashnikova, O. V., Seidel, F. C., Bruegge, C. J., Dubovik, O., Coupled retrieval of aerosol properties and land surface reflection using the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager, Journal of Geophysical Research 122, 2017
  6. Van Harten, G., De Boer, J., Rietjens, J. H. H., Di Noia, A., Snik, F., Volten, H., Smit, J. M., Hasekamp, O. P., Henzing, J. S., and Keller, C. U., Atmospheric aerosol characterization with a ground-based SPEX spectropolarimetric instrument, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 7, 2014
  7. Snik, F., Rietjens, J. H. H., Apituley, A., Volten, H., Mijling, B., Di Noia, A., Heikamp, S., Heinsbroek, R. C., Hasekamp, O. P., Smit, J. M., Vonk, J., Stam, D. M., van Harten, G., de Boer, J., Keller, C. U., Mapping atmospheric aerosols with a citizen science network of smartphone spectropolarimeters, Geophysical Research Letters 41, 2014
  8. Van Harten, G., Snik, F., Rietjens, J. H. H., Smit, J. M., and Keller, C. U., Spectral line polarimetry with a spectral modulation polarimeter, Applied Optics 53, 2014
  9. Van Harten, G., Snik, F., and Keller, C. U., Polarization Properties of Real Aluminum Mirrors, I. Influence of the Aluminum Oxide Layer, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 121, 2009