Physics & Astronomy

David Klassen

Professor, Chair

David Klassen


Professor Physics and Astronomy

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

Dave's primary area of reserach interest is understanding how clouds affect the water cycle and climate of Mars. On the observational side he uses 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, Dave has begun working on the climate modeling side of the problem. His work is done in collaboration with scientists at the Space Science Institute, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and NASA Ames Research Center. His work has been funded by both NASA and the NSF. Over the years Dave has had the pleasure of training a multitude of Rowan undergraduates in astronomical image processing and analysis.

Member of:

  • Division for Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society (DPS/AAS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP)
  • American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
  • The Planetary Society

PhD Physics 1997 — University of Wyoming
BS Astrophysics & BMath 1989 — University of Minnesota

Contact Information
Phone: 856-256-4391
Office: SCI 130E


See list at SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

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