David Klassen

  • 39 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research interests

Research Expertise:
Planetary Science | Infrared Observational Astronomy | Computational Physics

My primary area of research interest is understanding how clouds affect the water cycle and climate of Mars. On the observational side I use ground-based (NASA-IRTF) and spacecraft (MRO-CRISM) near-infrared spectral images to track and measure the ice abundance in clouds over diurnal, seasonal, and interannual timescales. More recently, I have begun working on the climate modeling side of the problem—working out a way to convert General Circulation Model outputs into synthetic spectra that can be more directly compared to spacecraft data. My work is done in collaboration with scientists at the Space Science Institute, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Ames Research Center. My work has been funded by both NASA and the NSF. Over the years I have had the pleasure of training a multitude of Rowan undergraduates in astronomical image processing and analysis.

Member of:
American Astronomical Society-Division for Planetary Sciences
American Geophysical Union
American Association of Physics Teachers
New Jersey AAPT
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Planetary Society

Recent Academic Projects:
I am working with the Education & Public Outreach Subcommittee of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society to create and maintain a web guide for undergraduate students and advisors to all the graduate programs in which a PhD can be earned within the field of Planetary Science.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor

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Mars Earth & Environmental Sciences
principal components analysis Physics & Astronomy
mars Physics & Astronomy
principal component analysis Earth & Environmental Sciences
near infrared Earth & Environmental Sciences
ice Earth & Environmental Sciences
infrared telescopes Physics & Astronomy
ice clouds Physics & Astronomy

Projects 2010 2015

Research Output 1992 2016

  • 39 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 5 Article
principal components analysis
principal component analysis
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
ice clouds
6 Citations (Scopus)

Principal components analysis of Mars in the near-infrared

Klassen, D., Nov 1 2009, In : Icarus. 204, 1, p. 32-47 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

principal components analysis
ice clouds
principal component analysis
6 Citations (Scopus)

Radiance factor calibration of near-infrared spectral images of Mars

Klassen, D. & Bell, J. F., May 1 2003, In : Icarus. 163, 1, p. 66-77 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

near infrared
10 Citations (Scopus)

Infrared Spectral Imaging of Martian Clouds and Ices

Klassen, D., Bell, J. F., Howell, R. R., Johnson, P. E., Golisch, W., Kaminski, C. D. & Griep, D., Mar 1 1999, In : Icarus. 138, 1, p. 36-48 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

principal components analysis
principal component analysis
17 Citations (Scopus)

Volcanic activity on Io at the time of the Ulysses encounter

Spencer, J. R., Howell, R. R., Clark, B. E., Klassen, D. & O'Connor, D., Jan 1 1992, In : Science. 257, 5076, p. 1507-1510 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heavy Ions
Reference Values
Hot Temperature