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Marco Vountas

Group at IUP:

Leading Aerosol/Cloud and Surface and IT & Scientific Computing group
Associated with the PhytoOptics group



Current Position:


Sen. researcher, Coordination of IT & Scientific computation.

Research Interest:


Retrieval of aerosol and aquatic parameters utilizing space-borne instrumentation. Radiative transfer modeling.

Research Career:


M. Vountas studied Electronics/Telecommunications at the University of Bremen, Germany and received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) in 1998. From 1998 until 1999 he was post-doctoral working at the same institute. Until 2000 he worked at mediaWays (now telefonica.de), an internet provider. Until 2001 he was with OHB-Telemondo, a space company. Since 2001 he is a scientist at IUP dealing with retrievals of aerosol and aquatic optical parameters from space-borne data as well as inelastic scattering within radiative transfer modeling. He coordinates scientific computing, as well as IT-relevant issues.

Additional Information:


The close connection between retrieval of geophysical parameters and IT affinity led to M. Vountas' involvement in the GMES Office Bremen (GOB) project as an associated member (GMES: Global Monitoring of Environment and Security- a large European initiative to operationalize and provide scientific data to citizens and decision makers). This project, starting in 2006 and ending in 2008, aimed to establish a center for GMES services in Bremen related (among others) to maritime applications, to air quality monitoring and security aspects. Such a service center has been established in 2009 as successful result of GOB, called CEON (a Promotion Center for Communication, Earth Observation and Navigation Services). M. Vountas has still interface function to GMES relevant issues in the city-state of Bremen (and therefore to CEON).

Selected Publications:


Vountas, M., V.V. Rozanov, A. Richter, J.P. Burrows, Ring Effect: Impact of rotational Raman Scattering on Radiative Transfer in Earth's Atmosphere, J. Quant. Spec. Rad. Transf., 60(6), 943-961, 1998.

De Beek, R., M. Vountas, V.V. Rozanov, A. Richter, J.P. Burrows, The Ring Effect in the cloudy atmosphere, Geophys. Res. Let, 28, 4, 721-724, 2001.

Vountas, M., Richter, A., Wittrock, F., and Burrows, J. P.: Inelastic scattering in ocean water and its impact on trace gas retrievals from satellite data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1365-1375, 2003.

Spectral studies of ocean water with space-borne sensor SCIAMACHY using Differential Optical Absorption Spectroscopy (DOAS),M. Vountas, T. Dinter, A. Bracher, J. P. Burrows, and B. Sierk, Ocean Sci., 3, 429-440, 2007.

Bracher, A. and Vountas, M. and Dinter, T. and Burrows, J.P. and Röttgers, R. and Peeken, I., Quantitative observation of cyanobacteria and diatoms from space using PhytoDOAS on SCIAMACHY data. Biogeosciences, 6 . pp. 751-764, 2009.

Kiesewetter, G. and Sinnhuber, B.M. and Vountas, M. and Weber, M. and Burrows, J.P., A long-term stratospheric ozone dataset from assimilation of satellite observations: High-latitude ozone anomalies. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 2010.
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