Dr. Armin Kleinböhl is a research scientist in the fields of atmospheric and planetary science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He is an expert in airborne and spaceborne remote sensing and the Deputy Principal Investigator and algorithm lead of the Mars Climate Sounder instrument onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, which has been observing the atmosphere of Mars since 2006. He is also a Participating Scientist of the Japanese Akatsuki Venus Climate Orbiter mission currently in orbit around Venus. Dr. Kleinböhl is a veteran of several airborne and balloon-borne field campaigns that lead him on deployments in the Arctic, Europe, North America and Africa in order to study the stratospheric ozone layer and to validate satellite measurements.
Dr. Kleinböhl’s scientific work focuses on the chemistry and dynamics of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars, and Venus. His has made significant contributions to understanding processes controlling the polar ozone chemistry in Earth’s stratosphere and to characterizing atmospheric tides and dust storms in Mars’ atmosphere. He has been leading investigations with diverse teams of investigators in the fields of Earth’s atmosphere, Mars’ atmosphere, exoplanetary atmospheres and exobiology. His results were published in over 80 articles in scientific journals. He has authored or co-authored three book chapters and has presented his research in invited talks to scientific audiences as well as the public. He holds a Master in Physics from the University of Frankfurt and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from the University of Bremen, Germany.
Dr. Kleinböhl is an instrument-rated private pilot, a certified scientific diver, and a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project PoSSUM. Within PoSSUM he focuses on observations of noctilucent clouds and their interpretation as analogs to clouds on Mars. He is the instructor of the IIAS course AER 101: Atmospheric and Suborbital Space Environment. He has participated in airborne observations of noctilucent clouds as well as several airborne microgravity campaigns for space suit testing, where he served in the roles of test director, suited test subject, suit assistant and equipment technician. He has participated in tests of both IVA and EVA space suits.