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Beat Schmid

Beat Schmid

Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
MSIN: K9-24
Richland, WA 99352


Dr. Beat Schmid is an Associate Director in the Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division of the Fundamental and Computational Sciences Directorate, at PNNL. He leads 35 staff members in the Atmospheric Measurements and Data Science group.

Dr. Schmid is also the Technical Director of the DOE ARM Aerial Facility, which provides airborne measurements required to answer science questions proposed by the atmospheric research community.

Dr. Schmid is an expert in airborne atmospheric research. He has been involved as a participant or leader in well over a dozen large multi-agency aircraft campaigns and has served on the Science Teams for two NASA satellite instruments. He is an author of 82 peer-reviewed journal publications.

Dr. Schmid has been was awarded two DOE Appreciation Awards and five NASA Group Achievement Awards, including for the development of world's first Airborne Sun-Tracking and Scanning Spectrometer (4STAR).

Dr. Schmid has been with PNNL since 2006. Previously he was a Group Leader and Senior Scientist with the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute where he worked in conjunction with the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA.

Research Interests

  • Airborne atmospheric research
  • Solar radiation instrumentation
  • Aerosol closure studies
  • Lidar and satellite validation

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D, Physics, 1995, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • M.S., Liz. Phil. Nat., 1991, University of Bern, Switzerland

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Meteorological Society, member
  • American Geophysical Union, member
  • Associate Editor, Journal Geophysical Research - Clouds and Aerosols (2002- 2012)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Five NASA Group Achievement Awards: INTEX (2005), SOLVE II (2004), and ARCTAS (2009) Science Teams, 4STAR Development Team (2011), SEAC4RS (2014)
  • Two DOE Appreciation Awards for dedicated service as Chair of the ARM Aerosol Working Group and Member of the ARM Climate Research Facility Science Board

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