de Vicente-Retortillo Rubalcaba, Álvaro

B. S. in Physics, M. S. in Geophysics and Meteorology, and Ph. D. in Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Prior to his appointment at CAB, he performed research for four years with an FPI grant from the Spanish Government and for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.

His research activity is focused on radiative transfer and aerosol characterization in the Martian atmosphere. He is a member of the Science Teams of the NASA Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and Mars 2020 missions.

His research is based on numerical modeling, programming, data analysis and development of methodologies to maximize the scientific return of solar radiation measurements on Mars, contributing occasionally in instrumentation. He has developed two solar radiation models for Mars: COMIMART and COMIMART-MCR. He performs the generation of REMS UV values corrected for the effects of dust deposition and sensor’s angular response, which are periodically published at the NASA Planetary Data System.

The developed models and methodologies have been used in publications on different topics, such as: temporal variability of dust aerosol particle size and opacity at Gale Crater, dust lifting and deposition on the REMS UV sensor, or solar radiation and surface energy budget at the Martian surface.

ORCID: 0000-0002-4553-7624

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KeywordsRadiative Transfer, Atmospheric Aerosols, Mars Exploration, Mars Science Laboratory, Mars 2020, Solar Radiation, Ultraviolet Radiation