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Curriculum Vitae:

Gerard van Harten

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

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of aerosols and clouds
  • Instrument development and characterization
  • Level 0, 1 and 2 data analysis


The Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) instrument flies aboard NASA's ER-2 high altitude aircraft.

The Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) instrument is currently in development

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)

Selected Publications
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Snik, F., van Harten, G., Alenin, A. S., Vaughn, I. J., Tyo, J. S., A multi-domain full-Stokes polarization modulator that is efficient for 300-2500 nm spectropolarimetry, Proceedings of SPIE 9613, 2015
  5. 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 7:4341-4351, 2014.
  6. 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
  7. 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 53:4187-4194, 2014.
  8. 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 121:377-383, 2009.

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