Dr. Stamnes is an internationally known researcher who is recognized for his work on the measurement and impact of atmospheric radiation. He specializes in the study of Atmospheric/Space Research, Radiation transport in planetary media including the coupled atmosphere-snow/ice-ocean system, Atmospheric radiative energy balance and climate, Satellite remote sensing of the environment, Numerical modeling of geophysical phenomena and comparison with measurements, Radiation transport in turbid media such as biological tissue and Aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions and feedbacks.

Dr. Stamnes is also responsible for innovations which accurately interpret information from space-satellite data-on the environment. His work within the Light and Life Lab, has been to develop “virtual modeling” assessment tools to study water quality. This model can be used to develop diagnostic tools to analyze water health and monitor coastal regions. He has also played a pivotal role in developing similar methodologies aimed at determining the health of human skin, and in commercializing methods to discriminate between benign and cancerous lesions with special focus on malignant melanoma.

He receives substantial support for his research, principally from the National Science Foundation. His work has also been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency. In addition to publishing more than 170 research papers, he is the co-author of Radiative Transfer in the Atmosphere and Ocean (Cambridge University Press, 1999). Dr. Stamnes is a member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, European Geophysical Society, European Optical Society, Norwegian Physical Society and Oceanography Society. He has also received a multitude of recognitions and distinctions for his achievements, including the 1991 Terris and Katarina Moore Prize at the University of Alaska, Member of Science Working Group for Surface Heat and Energy Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA) Program, 1992-96, Site Scientist of DOE's Arctic Atmospheric Radiation Measurements Research Site, 1992-2002, Science Team Member of the Japanese ADEOS Program, 1995-present, Who's Who in the World and Who's Who in the West, Professor Emeritus status at the University of Alaska in 2000, Recipient of an SPIE Excellence Award in 2001, elected Fellow of the Optical Society of America, 2002, and elected Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Technology in 2009.