Douglas Vandemark

Affiliate Research Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0195
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 141, Durham, NH 03824
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My research interests lie in air-sea interactions with a focus on ocean remote sensing of wind waves and the air-sea exchange of momentum, heat, and mass including greenhouse gases. My specific research in these fields involves microwave oceanography including altimetry, scatterometry, radiometry, and synthetic aperture radar as well as in situ measurement techniques and instrumentation related to turbulent flux parameterization, gas transfer, and wind wave interaction at local, regional and global scales. Recent research focus is on salinity remote sensing as well as investigation of carbon dioxide air-sea flux and its remote sensing using satellite ocean surface topography, wind, temperature, and color measurements. This work includes developing observation platforms and sensors supporting measurements in the coastal zone.


  • Ph.D., Earth Science: Oceanography, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Engineering, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • B.S., Hope College

Research Interests

  • Air/Sea Boundary Interactions
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Earth Satellite Applications
  • Electromagnetic Propagation
  • Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layers
  • Physical Oceanography

Selected Publications

Jayasinghe, A., Elliott, S., Gibson, G. A., & Vandemark, D. (n.d.). The Role of Phytoplankton Biomacromolecules in Controlling Ocean Surface Roughness. Atmosphere, 13(12), 2101. doi:10.3390/atmos13122101

Hunt, C. W., Salisbury, J. E., & Vandemark, D. (2022). Controls on buffering and coastal acidification in a temperate estuary. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, 67(6), 1328-1342. doi:10.1002/lno.12085

Grodsky, S. A., Reul, N., Bentamy, A., & Vandemark, D. (2022). Eastward propagating surface salinity anomalies in the tropical North Atlantic. REMOTE SENSING LETTERS, 13(4), 334-342. doi:10.1080/2150704X.2022.2032452

Tran, N., Vandemark, D., Zaron, E. D., Thibaut, P., Dibarboure, G., & Picot, N. (2021). Assessing the effects of sea-state related errors on the precision of high-rate Jason-3 altimeter sea level data. ADVANCES IN SPACE RESEARCH, 68(2), 963-977. doi:10.1016/j.asr.2019.11.034

Hunt, C. W., Salisbury, J. E., Vandemark, D., Assmann, S., Fietzek, P., Melrose, C., . . . Azetsu-Scott, K. (2021). Variability of USA East Coast surface total alkalinity distributions revealed by automated instrument measurements. MARINE CHEMISTRY, 232. doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2021.103960

Bakker, D. C. E., Pfeil, B., Landa, C. S., Metzl, N., O'Brien, K. M., Olsen, A., . . . Xu, S. (2016). A multi-decade record of high-quality fCO(2) data in version 3 of the Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT). EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA, 8(2), 383-413. doi:10.5194/essd-8-383-2016

Le Quere, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Korsbakken, J. I., . . . Zeng, N. (2015). Global Carbon Budget 2015. EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA, 7(2), 349-396. doi:10.5194/essd-7-349-2015

Zibordi, G., Holben, B., Slutsker, I., Giles, D., D'Alimonte, D., Melin, F., . . . Seppala, J. (2009). AERONET-OC: A Network for the Validation of Ocean Color Primary Products. JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY, 26(8), 1634-1651. doi:10.1175/2009JTECHO654.1

Chen, G., Chapron, B., Ezraty, R., & Vandemark, D. (2002). A global view of swell and wind sea climate in the ocean by satellite altimeter and scatterometer. JOURNAL OF ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANIC TECHNOLOGY, 19(11), 1849-1859. doi:10.1175/1520-0426(2002)019<1849:AGVOSA>2.0.CO;2

Elfouhaily, T., Chapron, B., Katsaros, K., & Vandemark, D. (1997). A unified directional spectrum for long and short wind-driven waves. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 102(C7), 15781-15796. doi:10.1029/97JC00467

Most Cited Publications