Joseph Salisbury

Research Professor
Office: Ocean Process Analysis Lab, Morse Hall Rm 142, Durham, NH 03824
A headshot of Joseph Salisbury, a research associate professor in the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory.

My interests focus on the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal regions, particularly those influenced by riverine processes. I'm presently working on two strands of research. The first seeks to characterize distributions of carbon dioxide, air-sea carbon exchange, productivity and acid stress in freshwater-influenced coastal regions. The second strand involves the use of data from a variety of space-borne sensors to characterize net community productivity and carbon exchanges in coastal waters. For these projects we use a variety of remotely sensed data including ocean color, sea surface temperature and microwave radiometry. Our UNH Coastal Carbon Group maintains several autonomous data collecting assets in the Gulf of Maine and stays active in cruise campaigns throughout the western Atlantic. I'm currently the Principal Investigator of the NASA-UNH mission GLIMR, (Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer), a hyper spectral ocean color instrument that is scheduled to be placed in geostationary orbit in 2026.


  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Ins Ledrshp/Pblc Plcy, University of Southern Maine
  • B.A., Geology/Earth Science, University of Southern Maine

Selected Publications

Saba, G. K., Burd, A. B., Dunne, J. P., Hernandez-Leon, S., Martin, A. H., Rose, K. A., . . . Wilson, S. E. (2021). Toward a better understanding of fish-based contribution to ocean carbon flux. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY. doi:10.1002/lno.11709

McGarry, K., Siedlecki, S. A., Salisbury, J., & Alin, S. R. (2021). Multiple Linear Regression Models for Reconstructing and Exploring Processes Controlling the Carbonate System of the Northeast US From Basic Hydrographic Data. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 126(2). doi:10.1029/2020JC016480

García-Troche, E. M., Morell, J. M., Meléndez, M., & Salisbury, J. E. (2021). Carbonate chemistry seasonality in a tropical mangrove lagoon in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.. PLoS One, 16(5), e0250069. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0250069

Xu, Y. -Y., Cai, W. -J., Wanninkhof, R., Salisbury, J., Reimer, J., & Chen, B. (2020). Long-Term Changes of Carbonate Chemistry Variables Along the North American East Coast. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS, 125(7). doi:10.1029/2019JC015982

Cai, W. -J., Xu, Y. -Y., Feely, R. A., Wanninkhof, R., Jonsson, B., Alin, S. R., . . . Gledhill, D. K. (2020). Controls on surface water carbonate chemistry along North American ocean margins. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 11(1). doi:10.1038/s41467-020-16530-z

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., Peters, G. P., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., . . . Zeng, N. (2015). Global carbon budget 2014. EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA, 7(1), 47-85. doi:10.5194/essd-7-47-2015

Waldbusser, G. G., & Salisbury, J. E. (2014). Ocean Acidification in the Coastal Zone from an Organism's Perspective: Multiple System Parameters, Frequency Domains, and Habitats. ANNUAL REVIEW OF MARINE SCIENCE, VOL 6, 6, 221-247. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-121211-172238

Salisbury, J., Green, M., Hunt, C., & Campbell, J. (2008). Coastal Acidification by Rivers:A Threat to Shellfish?. Eos, 89(50), 513. doi:10.1029/2008eo500001

Vorosmarty, C. J., Green, P., Salisbury, J., & Lammers, R. B. (2000). Global water resources: Vulnerability from climate change and population growth. SCIENCE, 289(5477), 284-288. doi:10.1126/science.289.5477.284

Most Cited Publications