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flag Prof. Dr. Klaus Künzi,
Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen
Prof. Dr. Klaus Kuenzi

Last updated: October 2002
E-mail: kunzi [at]

Brief Biographical Information:

Born in 1939 Prof. Klaus Künzi studied physics at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and received his Ph. D. in 1970. Between 1971 and 1974 he worked as a visiting scientist and as a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA. He returned to the University of Bern in 1974 and worked there till 1988. In 1983 he was a guest professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby/Copenhagen. Since 1988 he has been a full professor with the Institute of Environmental Physics at the University of Bremen, Germany.


Prof. Künzi's interests comprise research and teaching in remote sensing and geophysics. Of particular interest are applications in meteorology, atmospheric physics and -chemistry, studies of the ocean and cryosphere, and the design and development of remote sensing instrumentation to be used on the ground, in aircraft and on space-platforms. Prof. Künzi has been Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for a number of space experiments. He is a member in international and national advisory bodies (e.g. European Union EU, European Space Agency ESA/ESTEC and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG) and also in several professional organizations such as IEEE, AGU, EGS, DPG, SPG etc. Prof. Künzi is in charge of many research projects funded by EU, ESA, DFG, BMBF, DLR and others. These projects include the development of sensor hardware and software, conducting campaigns, the final data analysis from sensor data to geophysical parameters, and the interpretation and application of these results.

Research on Leonid MAC:

The sub-mm radiometer ASUR will be used on board the DC-8 aircraft to search for organic molecules introduced by the meteors into the upper atmosphere as well as to determine changes in the upper atmospheric chmistry caused by meteoric influence.

Further information:

ASUR integrated in the NASA DC-8 during the THESEO 2000 / SOLVE campaign in winter 1999 / 2000.

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