Douglas Vandemark

Affiliate Research Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0195
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 141, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Douglas Vandemark, a research professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory.

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
  • Coastal Processes
  • Earth Satellite Applications
  • Earth Sciences Instrumentation
  • Earth/Terrestrial Remote Sensing
  • Electromagnetic Propagation
  • Marine Atmospheric Boundary Layers
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Remote Sensing Technology

Selected Publications

Grodsky, S. A., Reul, N., Vandemark, D., & Bentamy, A. (2020). Intramonth oscillations of Atlantic ITCZ observed in SMAP satellite salinity. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 41(3), 839-857. doi:10.1080/01431161.2019.1648908

Wang, C., Mouche, A., Tandeo, P., Stopa, J. E., Longépé, N., Erhard, G., . . . Chapron, B. (2019). A labelled ocean SAR imagery dataset of ten geophysical phenomena from Sentinel‐1 wave mode. Geoscience Data Journal, 6(2), 105-115. doi:10.1002/gdj3.73

Grodsky, S. A., Reul, N., Bentamy, A., Vandemark, D., & Guimbard, S. (2019). Eastern Mediterranean salinification observed in satellite salinity from SMAP mission. Journal of Marine Systems, 198, 103190. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2019.103190

Qiao, T., Yanlei, D., Tsang, L., Vandemark, D., & Yueh, S. (2019). Radar Scattering of Ocean Surfaces with Anisotropic Ocean Spectrum using NMM3D Simulations. In X. Li, H. Guo, K. -S. Chen, & X. Yang (Eds.), Advances in SAR Remote Sensing of Oceans. Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Grodsky, S. A., Vandemark, D., Feng, H., & Levin, J. (2018). Satellite detection of an unusual intrusion of salty slope water into a marginal sea: Using SMAP to monitor Gulf of Maine inflows. Remote Sensing of Environment, 217, 550-561. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2018.09.004

Zibordi, G., Mélin, F., Berthon, J. -F., Holben, B., Slutsker, I., Giles, D., . . . Seppälä, 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

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

Le Quéré, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Korsbakken, J. I., . . . Zeng, N. (n.d.). Global Carbon Budget 2015. Earth System Science Data, 7(2), 349-396. doi:10.5194/essd-7-349-2015

Bakker, D. C. E., Pfeil, B., Landa, C. S., Metzl, N., O'Brien, K. M., Olsen, A., . . . Xu, S. (n.d.). A multi-decade record of high-quality &lt;i&gt;f&lt;/i&gt;CO&lt;sub&gt;2&lt;/sub&gt; data in version 3 of the Surface Ocean CO&lt;sub&gt;2&lt;/sub&gt; Atlas (SOCAT). Earth System Science Data, 8(2), 383-413. doi:10.5194/essd-8-383-2016

Most Cited Publications