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Curriculum Vitae : Konrad Steffen
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Zürcherstr. 111, CH-8903 Birmendorf, Switzerland
Tel: +41 44 739 24 55; Konrad.firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
US and Swiss Citizen, widower and two kids
Dr.sc.nat.ETH,1984 Surface temperature distribution of an Arctic polynya: North Water in winter; advisor Prof. Dr. Atsumu Ohmura, ETH-Zürich.
Dipl.nat.ETH, 1977 Snow distribution on tundra and glaciers on Axel Heiberg Island, NWT, Canada; advisor Prof. Dr. Fritz Müller, ETH-Zürich.
2012-present Director, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
2012-present Professor, Inst. Atmosphere & Climate, ETH-Zürich
2012-present Professor, Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering, EPF-Lausanne
2005- 2012 Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado (CU)
2004-2005 Interim Director, CIRES, University of Colorado (CU)
2003-2004 Deputy Director, CIRES, University of Colorado (CU)
2002-2003 Interim Director, CIRES, University of Colorado (CU)
1998-2005 Associate Director Cryosphere and Polar Processes, CIRES
1997-2012 Professor at Dept. of Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
1993-2012 Faculty, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
1991-1997 Associate Professor at Dept. of Geography, University of Colorado
1991-2012 Fellow CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder
Sept.-Oct. 1987 Visiting Professor at Dept. of Geography, McGill University, Montreal
1986-1988 Visiting Fellow at Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), on leave from ETH for two years
1985-1990 Oberassistent (Lecturer) at Climate Research Group, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
1983-1985 Assistant at Climate Research Group, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland
Recent Graduate Students
Dr. Waleed Abdalati, University of Colorado, Prof. in Geography, Director of CIRES
Dr. Atsu Muto, Penn State University, Post-Doc
Dr. Thomas Phillips, University of Colorado, Post-Doc
Dr. Jason Box, Ohio State University, Assoc. Prof. in Geography
Dr. Nicolas Cullen, Department of Geography, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Dr. John Heinrichs, Fort Hays State University, Assoc. Prof. in Dept. Geosciences
Dr. Marcel Haefliger, Swiss Meteorological Institute, CH-8044 Zurich; Switzerland
Dr. Axel Schweiger, Polar Science Center/Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington
Dr. Julienne Stroeve, NSIDC, University of Colorado
Dr. Sandy Starkweather, NOAA/CIRES Boulder, Colorado
Dr. Andrew Slater, NSIDC/CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Dr. David Levinson, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA/NESDIS, Asheville, NC
Dr. Russell Huff, GIS Company, Boulder, CO
Dr. Dan McGrath, University of Colorado, CIRES, post-doc
Dr. John Adler, NOAA Washington D.C.
Dr. Liam Colgan, University of Copenhagen, post Doc
Mr. John Maurer, Hawaii Ocean Observing System
Ms. Molly Mcallister, NISDC, University of Colorado at Boulder
Mr. Kevin Sampson, NCAR, Boulder, CO
Ms. Kate Daniels, Law Office, Boulder, CO
Summary of Graduate Students and Postdoctorals Schoolars Sponsered
1992-2012 7 Master Students; 16 Ph.D. Students; 8 Post. Docs
University of Colorado at Boulder (CU)
Physical Climatology: Principles (GEOG 4211), Applied (GEOG 4221)
Physical Climatology: Field Methods (GEOG 5231/4231)
Remote Sensing of the Environment (GEOG/GEOL 4093/5093)
Remote Sensing Field Methods (GEOG 6181)
Reading in Climatology (GEOG 6211)
1976-1984: North Water Project, Canadian high Arctic, jointly sponsored by the US National Science Foundation, Petro Canada Ltd., Calgary, Canada, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.
1979-1981 Energy flux measurements in the Swiss Alps (RHONEX, ALPEX).
1984-1985 Reevaluation of energy balance in North Water area.
1985-1987 Energy flux measurements on Glacier No.1, Tienshan, China.
1987-1990 Validation of sea ice parameters derived from passive microwave data of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Special Sensor Microwave/Imager (SSM/I), NASA, Principal Investigator, June 1987 - March 90 US$ 223,000.
1987-1993 Reevaluation of global energy balance, Co-PI, Swiss National Science Foundation 1986, April 1987 - April 1993, Co-PI, $US 452,000.
1990-1992 Greenland Ice Cap, Climate and Climate Processes, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Swiss National Science Foundation, Co-PI, March 1990 - March 1992, $US 550,000.
1990-1993 Sea Ice - Atmosphere Interaction: Application of Multispectral Satellite Data in Polar Surface Energy Flux Estimates. Principal Investigator, NASA, April 1990 - April 1993, US$ 440,000.
1991-1995 Parametrization and Scaling of Arctic Ice Conditions in the Context of Ice-Atmosphere Processes, NASA, April 1991 - December 1995, Co-PI, $US 290,000.
1993-1994 Energie and Massenbilanz auf dem grönländischen Eisschild, Swiss National Science Foundation, Co-PI, US$ 24,000.
1993-1996 Ice Surface Retrieval from AVHRR, ATSR, and Passive Microwave Satellite Data: Algorithm Development and Application, NASA, April 1993 - March 1996, Co-PI, US$ 237,000.
1993-1996 Assessment of Climate Variability of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Integration of in situ and Satellite Data, NASA, April 1993 - March 1996, PI, US$ 560,000.
1994-1996 Spatial and Temporal Variability of the Arctic Surface Radiation Budget, NSF/OPP, Jan 1994 - Jan 1996, Co-PI, US$ 239,000.
1994-1996 Energie- und Massenbilanz auf dem grönländischen Eisschild: Fernerkundungsmethoden, Swiss National Science Foundation, Co-PI, US$ 232,000.
1995-1997 Assessment of Variations in the Snow Accumulation Rate in northern Greenland, National Science Foundation, April 1995-March 1997, US$ 320,000.
1995-1996 Assessment of Climate Variability of the Greenland Ice Sheet: Integration of in situ and Satellite Data, NASA, April 1995 - March 1995, Additional Funding for Greenland Climate network, PI, US$ 74,000.
1995-1997 Absolute Gravity/GPS Measurements in Greenland, NASA, May 1995 - April 1997, Co-PI, US$ 105,000.
1996-1997 Instrumentation for Snow Hydrological Research, DoD, June 1996-May 1997, CoPI: $ 270,000.
1996-1999 Sea Ice and Ocean Processes in Baffin Bay: A Study using Radarsat Data and Numerical Modeling, NASA, Jan 1996 - Dec 1998, PI, US$ 313,000.
1996-2000 Greenland Ice Sheet Climatology and Surface Energy Balance Modeling: Greenland Climate network, NASA, April 1996-March 2000, PI, US$ 825,000.
1997-1999 Hyperspectral Imaging and Related Field Methods: Building the Science, NASA-MTPE, Co-PI, US$ 420,000.
1997-2000 Documenting, Understanding, and Predicting the Aggregate Scale Surface Radiation Flux for SHEBA, April 1997 March 2000, CoPI, NASA, US$ 311,000.
1997-2000 Documenting, Understanding, and Predicting the Aggregate Scale Surface Radiation Flux for SHEBA, October1997 - September 2000, CoPI, NSF-OPP, US$ 302,000.
1998-2006 Aerosol - Cloud - Climate Interactions, NASA-GSFC, PI: US$ 780,000.
1999-2002 Investigation of Photochemical Transformation within Snow and their Effects on Snow and Atmospheric Composition, Sept. 1999- August 2002, NSF/OPP, PI: US$ 138.721.
1999-2000 NASA Cryospheric Sciences, RADARSAT Wide ScanSAR images over Bering Sea and Baffin Bay, Co-PI: $49,800.
2000-2004 Climatology of Arctic Canada, March 2000 – Feb 2004, NASA-GSFC, PI: US$ 240,472.
2001-2005 Greenland Ice Sheet Climatology and Surface Energy Balance Modeling: Greenland Climate network, NASA, April 2001-March 2005, PI, US$ 879,000.
2002-2005 Assessment of Basal Melt of Petermann Gletscher in Northwestern Greenland, NSF/NASA, March 2002 – February 2005, PI: US$ 246,981.
2002-2005 NASA Cryospheric Sciences, Greenland ice sheet melt climatology based on passive and active satellite data: SSM/I and QuikSCAT data, PI: $390,000.
2002-2005 NASA Cryospheric Sciences, Reanalysis of the energy Budget of the ice sheet, Co-PI: $275,000.
2004-2005 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$ 19,300,000,
2005-2007 Greenland - Accumulation and Melt Layer, PI, NASA Cryospheric Processes, US$ 510,000.
2005-2006 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$20,440,000.
2006-2008 Melt flow acceleration of the Greenland ice sheet, NASA GSFC, US$122,221.
2006-2007 Monitoring Moulin Depth and Pathways in the Pakisoq Region, West-Greenland Ice Sheet, PI, NASA Cryospheric Processes, US$ 12,000.
2006-2007 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$ 20,950,000.
2007-2008 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$ 22,840,000.
2008-2011 Stability of Larsen C Ice shelf in a warming climate, NSF OPP, US$360,000.
2008-2011 Melt flow acceleration of the Greenland ice sheet, (same title then 2007, 2nd year funding) NASA GSFC, US$ 417,000.
2008-2009 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$ 24,180,000.
2009-2011 Surface Processes of the Greenland ice sheet under a warming climate, NASA Cryospheric Sciences, US$ 930,000.
2009-2010 NOAA Cooperative Agreement Funding: US$ 28,040,000.
2011-2014 Surface Processes, Glacio-Hydrology, and Englacial Modeling of the Greenland Ice, NASA Cryospheric Sciences, US$ 386,937.
2011-2015 Western Water Assessment, NOAA-OAR, US$ 6,574,000.
- experimental climate measurements of heat fluxes and radiation balance; (RHONEX, ALPEX, 1979, 1980, 1981), (Axel Heiberg Expedition, North Water Expedition, 1975 - 1984), Tienshan, China (1986), Arctic Sea Ice Validation (1987 – 1988), Greenland ice sheet (1990-present)
- instrument development for spectral bidirectional reflectance measurements.
- aircraft and satellite remote sensing data collection and analysis in visible, thermal IR, and microwave (passive and active) regions for cryosphere-atmosphere interaction in climate research.
- sensor evaluation for Earth Observing System (EOS) passive microwave instrument, and validation of sea ice products derived from DMSP SSM/I satellite.
- surface energy balance measurements, eddy-correlation and bulk transfer methods over the Greenland ice sheet.
- remote climate recording, instrument development, and maintaining the Greenland Climate Network
National and International Committee and Editorial Membership
1986-1987 Associate Scientific Editor, Annals of Glaciology
1986-1991 Member, executive board of "Schweizerische Geographische Gesellschaft".
1987-1991 Member, SSM/I Validation Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt.
1988-1991 Member, SSM/I Sea Ice Archive Working Team (SSIAWT), NASA GSFC.
1989-1993 Member, executive board of the Program for International Polar Ocean Research (PIPOR).
1991-1992 Chief Editor, Annals of Glaciology – Remote Sensing of Snow and Ice
1991-1999 Chairman, Polar Data Archive Distribution Advisory Group, NASA/EOSDIS.
1992-1995 Council Member, Executive Board, International Glaciological Society.
1994-1998 Member of EOS Science Operation Focus Team, NASA/EOSDIS.
1995-2003 Member, Radarsat Geophysical Processor System Team (NASA/RGPS)
1995-2102 Member, Program for Arctic Regional Climate Assessment (NASA/PARCA)
1996-1999 Council Member, Executive Board, International Glaciological Society.
1996-2001 Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology
1999-2000 Chief Editor, Annals of Glaciology - Cryosphere Models and Validation
1999-2004 Chairman, World Climate Research Program ,CliC Observation Products Panel
2003-2005 Vice President, International Commission of Snow and Ice, IAHS
2003-2012 Theme leader for sea level change, WCRP/CliC
2003-2011 SEARCH Science Steering committee member
2004-2007 Vice President IUGG Commission on the Cryospheric Sciences (CCS)
2007-2012 Association for Cryospheric Sciences, liaison for WMO/WCRP/CliC
2008-2012 Chair WCRP/Climate and Cryosphere program
2006-2008 CReSIS advising board chair, NSF STC, University of Kansas
2006 –2013 NASA Advisory Council Earth Science Subcommittee Member
2006-2010 Zeitschrift fuer Gletscherkunde and Glazialgeologie, Editorial Board
2007-2010 CCSP 3.4: Abrupt Climate Chance, Cryosphere chapter lead
2007-2010 Chair, NOAA Cooperative Institutes Executive Committee
2007-2011 National Academy, Polar Research Board member
2007-2012 GCOS Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) member
2009-2011 NRC Committee on Stabilization Targets for Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations
2009 – 2012 Honorary Consul of Switzerland in Denver, certified by US Dept. of State
2010-2013 IPCC AR5 Lead Author for Cryopshere Chapter
2010-present Scientific Advisory Board, Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marin Research
2012-present GCOS Observation Panel for Climate (TOPC) chair
2013-present Member, Swiss Committee on Polar and High Altitude Research
2014-present Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Delegate for Switzerland
International Organizations Membership
International Glaciological Society, Cambridge, England
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society