– Niels Bohr Institute - University of Copenhagen

Kjartan Münster Kinch

Kjartan Münster Kinch

Associate Professor


  • March 2005 Ph.D.
  •  in physics from Århus University, Denmark
  • August  2001 Candidatus in physics, Århus University, Denmark. 


  • August 2009 –

Post Doctoral Researcher at the Mars Group, Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

  • August 2008 – July 2009

Researcher at Danish Meteorological Institute, Section for Geomagnetism and Remote Sensing, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • July 2005 – May 2008  

Research Support Specialist at Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, New York, USA.

Reviews for:

  • Geophysical Research Letters
  • Icarus

Technical Skills:

  • Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy.
  • Processing of satellite radio-occultation data.
  • Analytic radiative transfer and bidirectional reflectance calculations.
  • Fitting large datasets to complex models. 
  • Digital image processing.
  • Computational fluid dynamics including aerosol transport. 
  • IDL, MATLAB and Fortran programming including IDL graphical user interfaces.

Current research interests:

  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy laboratory work and data analysis.
  • Derivation of dust layer thicknesses from Phoenix and MER Mars mission camera caltarget data. 
  • Consequences of the Late Heavy Bombardment for Mars. 

GRAS-SAF data processing:

  • Processing of radio-occultation data from the GRAS instrument on the METOP-A satellite.
  • 1D-variational derivation of temperature and humidity profiles from GRAS refractivity profiles.
  • Generation of averaged monthly maps from GRAS profiles for comparison with climate models.

Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Operations:

  • Rover tests in preparation for MER. October 1999 (~1 week) and april 2001 (~1 week), both at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Pasadena, California (JPL).
  • 3 Operational readiness tests in preparation for MER, Autumn 2003 (~1 week each) at JPL.
  • MER landed operations, primary mission phase january-april 2004 at JPL. Functioned at different times as as Payload Uplink Lead or as Payload Downlink Lead for several rover cameras (Engineering cameras, Microscopic Imager, Panoramic cameras).
  • MER extended mission remote operations from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Numerous shifts as Payload Downlink Lead for the Panoramic Cameras .July 2005-May 2008.

External laboratory work:

  • 3 weeks, september 1999. Assisting in development of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer (MECA) at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Pasadena, California. MECA iwas part of the payload of the successful 2008 Phoenix Mars lander. 
  • 1 month, sep-oct 2002 Calibration of MER flight cameras at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory,Pasadena, California.

Geological fieldwork:

  • Sample collection on Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii. 10 days, august 2000. Assistant to professor Richard V. Morris and Dr. Douglas Ming, Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

University teaching experience:

  • Master thesis advisor to Jens Frydenvang, Niels Bohr Institute, 2010 
  • Participant, Teaching development workshop, Cornell University, 2007
  • Course development and teaching assistant, Planetary Image Processing, Cornell University, 2005 & 2007
  • Teaching assistant, first-year physics (3 classes), first-year physics lab exercises, first-year calculus (2 classes), Århus University, 2001-2003

Talks to the general public on the subject of Mars and the Mars Exploration Rovers:

  • At Silkeborg Gymnasium, Odder Gymnasium and Fåborg Gymnasium, Danmark
  • For Ungdommens Naturvidenskabelige Forening (UNF), Århus, Danmark
  • For Østjyske Amatørastronomer, Århus, Danmark. 
  • At Ithaca High School, at Belle Sherman Elementary School (several times); at the Ithaca Sciencenter and at Cornell Department of Astronomy (Alumni Week) all in Ithaca, New York. 
  • At Kopernik Observatory and Science Center, Vestal, New York.
  • For the Rochester Section of the American Optical Society and for Rochester Astronomy Club, Rochester, New York.
  • At Folkeuniversitetet, Frederikssund, Denmark 

Press Contact:

  • Interviews to danish newspapers Politiken, Århus Stiftstidende and Nordjyske Stiftstidende
  • interviews to danish TV2 and TV2/Nord 




Ph.D., Physics, University of Aarhus

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