Knut Stamnes


School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Physics

Building: Burchard

Room: 627

Phone: (201) 216-8194

Fax: (201) 216-5638




Atmospheric/Space Research

Ionospheric response to particle precipitation and solar EUV radiation

Ionospheric thermal structure and composition

Plasma heating

Electron transport and thermalization

Optical auroras

Kinetic theory of planetary atmospheres

Radiation transport in planetary media including the coupled atmosphere-snow/ice-ocean system

Atmospheric radiative energy balance and climate

Tropospheric, stratospheric heating and cooling by solar and terrestrial radiation,

Atmospheric photodissociation rates and their impact on composition

Satellite remote sensing of the environment

Numerical modeling of geophysical phenomena and comparison with measurements

Radiation transport in turbid such as biological tissue

Aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions and feedbacks.

General Information

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), 1978-1980.

Research Associate, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), 1980-1983.

Associate Professor, University of Tromsø, 1983-1988.

Chairman, Dept. of Physics, University of Tromsø, 1984-1986.

Sabbatical: University of Alaska and University of Colorado, June 1987-June 1988.

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), 1983-1988.

Professor of Physics, University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), 1988-1999.

Head of Atmospheric Science Group at Geophysical Institute/UAF, 1993-1995.

Sabbatical: University of Bergen, Norway, September 1995-June 1996.

Head of Atmospheric Science Group at Geophysical Institute/UAF, 1996-98.

Head of Environmental Optics Group at Geophysical Institute/UAF, 1998-1999.

Professor Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2000-.

Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1999-present.

Director, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2007-2011.

Director, Light and Life Laboratory, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2000-present.

Institutional Service
  • Physics department graduate student evaluation committee Member
  • Physics department P&T committee Member
  • FY19 SES Honors & Awards Committee Member
  • SES HPC Committee Member
Professional Service
  • Scientific advisor of Balter Medical AS
  • Several agencies and profesional journals Associate Editor
Honors and Awards

Recipient of the 1991 Terris and Katarina Moore Prize at the University of Alaska

Member of Science Working Group for Surface Heat and Energy Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA) Program, 1992-96

Site Scientist of DOE's Arctic ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurements) Research Site, 1992-2002

Science Team Member of the Japanese ADEOS Program, 1995-present

Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in the West

Awarded Professor Emeritus status at the University of Alaska in 2000

Recipient of an SPIE Excellence Award in 2001

Elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America, 2002

Honorary Professor, Yantai University, 2002-present

Elected Member of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences, 2009

Professional Societies
  • IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Member
  • NTVA – Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences Fellow
  • EGU – European Geosciences Union Member
  • OSA – Optical Society of America Fellow
  • Oceanography Society Member
  • AMS – American Meteorological Society Member
  • AGU – American Geophysical Union Member
Selected Publications
Conference Proceeding
  1. Gatebe, C.; Li, W.; Chen, N.; Fan, Y.; Poudyal, R.; Brucker, L.; Stamnes, K. (2018). Snow-covered area using machine learning techniques. International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) (vol. 2018-July, pp. 6291-6293).
Journal Article
  1. Tanikawa, T.; Kuchiki, K.; Aoki, T.; Ishimoto, H.; Hachikubo, A.; Niwano, M.; Hosaka, M.; Matoba, S.; Kodama, Y.; Iwata, Y.; Stamnes, K. (2020). Effects of Snow Grain Shape and Mixing State of Snow Impurity on Retrieval of Snow Physical Parameters From Ground-Based Optical Instrument. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (15 ed., vol. 125).
  2. Fan, Y.; Li, S.; Han, X.; Stamnes, K. (2020). Machine learning algorithms for retrievals of aerosol and ocean color products from FY-3D MERSI-II instrument. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (vol. 250).
  3. Sztipanov, M.; Tumeh, L.; Li, W.; Svendby, T.; Kylling, A.; Dahlback, A.; Stamnes, J. J.; Hansen, G.; Stamnes, K. (2020). Ground-based measurements of total ozone column amount with a multichannel moderate-bandwidth filter instrument at the Troll research station, Antarctica. Applied Optics (1 ed., vol. 59, pp. 97-106).
  4. He, M.; Hu, Y.; Chen, N.; Wang, D.; Huang, J.; Stamnes, K. (2019). High cloud coverage over melted areas dominates the impact of clouds on the albedo feedback in the Arctic. Scientific Reports (1 ed., vol. 9).
  5. Nima, C.; Frette, Ø.; Hamre, B.; Stamnes, J. J.; Chen, Y. C.; Sørensen, K.; Norli, M.; Lu, D.; Xing, Q.; Muyimbwa, D.; Ssenyonga, T.; Stamnes, K.; Erga, S. R. (2019). CDOM absorption properties of natural water bodies along extreme environmental gradients. Water (Switzerland) (10 ed., vol. 11).
  6. Stamnes, K.; Hamre, B.; Stamnes, S.; Chen, N.; Fan, Y.; Li, W.; Lin, Z.; Stamnes, J. (2018). Progress in forward-inverse modeling based on radiative transfer tools for coupled atmosphere-snow/ice-ocean systems: A review and description of the AccuRT model. Applied Sciences (Switzerland) (12 ed., vol. 8).
  7. Chen, N.; Li, W.; Gatebe, C.; Tanikawa, T.; Hori, M.; Shimada, R.; Aoki, T.; Stamnes, K. (2018). New neural network cloud mask algorithm based on radiative transfer simulations. Remote Sensing of Environment (vol. 219, pp. 62-71).
  8. Tang, Q.; Hu, Y.; Li, W.; Huang, J.; Stamnes, K. (2018). Optimizing cirrus optical depth retrievals over the ocean from collocated CALIPSO and AMSR-E observations. Applied Optics (26 ed., vol. 57, pp. 7472-7481).
Review, Journal
  1. Jamet, C.; Ibrahim, A.; Ahmad, Z.; Angelini, F.; Babin, M.; Behrenfeld, M. J.; Boss, E.; Cairns, B.; Churnside, J.; Chowdhary, J.; Davis, A. B.; Dionisi, D.; Duforêt-Gaurier, L.; Franz, B.; Frouin, R.; Gao, M.; Gray, D.; Hasekamp, O.; He, X.; Hostetler, C.; Kalashnikova, O. V.; Knobelspiesse, K.; Lacour, L.; Loisel, H.; Martins, V.; Rehm, E.; Remer, L.; Sanhaj, I.; Stamnes, K.; Stamnes, S.; Victori, S.; Werdell, J.; Zhai, P. W. (2019). Going beyond standard ocean color observations: Lidar and polarimetry. Frontiers in Marine Science (May ed., vol. 6).