Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Kirk Knobelspiesse received an undergraduate degree in Photography from the Rochester Institute in Technolody in 1998, then a Master's degree in Imaging Science from the same university in 2000. For the next four years, he worked as a contractor at NASA GSFC on the SeaWiFS and SIMBIOS projects, then returned to graduate school at Columbia University in 2004. His PhD, in Applied Mathematics, dealt with remote sensing retrievals of atmospheric aerosols from multi-angle polarimeters. During his studies, he spent his time at NASA GISS, and remained at that institution for a Postdoctoral fellowship following graduation. He took a position at NASA Ames in 2012, and returned to NASA GSFC in 2016.
Dr. Knobelspiesse investigates instrument systems for the optical remote sensing of parameters relevant to the Earth’s climate. This includes expertise in radiative transfer computations, algorithm development and validation with observations in the field. Specific areas of interest have been the polarimetric remote sensing of aerosols and clouds, and the atmospheric correction required for ocean color observations.