Joseph Salisbury

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. I'm currently the co-leader of a science-working group planning a NASA satellite mission called Geostationary Coastal and Atmospheric Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE). 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.


  • 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

Salisbury, J. E., & Jönsson, B. F. (2018). Rapid warming and salinity changes in the Gulf of Maine alter surface ocean carbonate parameters and hide ocean acidification. Biogeochemistry, 141(3), 401-418. doi:10.1007/s10533-018-0505-3

Xu, Y. -Y., Cai, W. -J., Gao, Y., Wanninkhof, R., Salisbury, J., Chen, B., . . . Hussain, N. (2017). Short-term variability of aragonite saturation state in the central Mid-Atlantic Bight. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(5), 4274-4290. doi:10.1002/2017jc012901

Jacob, B. G., von Dassow, P., Salisbury, J. E., Navarro, J. M., & Vargas, C. A. (2017). Impact of low pH/high pCO2 on the physiological response and fatty acid content in diatom Skeletonema pseudocostatum. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 97(2), 225-233. doi:10.1017/s0025315416001570

Hunt, C. W., Snyder, L., Salisbury, J. E., Vandemark, D., & McDowell, W. H. (2017). SIPCO2: A simple, inexpensive surface water pCO2sensor. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 15(3), 291-301. doi:10.1002/lom3.10157

Jönsson, B. F., & Salisbury, J. E. (2016). Episodicity in phytoplankton dynamics in a coastal region. Geophysical Research Letters, 43(11), 5821-5828. doi:10.1002/2016gl068683

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, 6(1), 221-247. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-121211-172238

Le Quéré, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Peters, G. P., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., . . . Zeng, N. (n.d.). Global carbon budget 2014. Earth System Science Data, 7(1), 47-85. doi:10.5194/essd-7-47-2015

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 <i>f</i>CO<sub>2</sub> data in version 3 of the Surface Ocean CO<sub>2</sub> Atlas (SOCAT). Earth System Science Data, 8(2), 383-413. doi:10.5194/essd-8-383-2016

Bakker, D. C. E., Pfeil, B., Smith, K., Hankin, S., Olsen, A., Alin, S. R., . . . Watson, A. J. (n.d.). An update to the Surface Ocean CO<sub>2</sub> Atlas (SOCAT version 2). Earth System Science Data, 6(1), 69-90. doi:10.5194/essd-6-69-2014

Hunt, C. W., Salisbury, J. E., & Vandemark, D. (n.d.). Contribution of non-carbonate anions to total alkalinity and overestimation of pCO2 in New England and New Brunswick rivers. Biogeosciences, 8(10), 3069-3076. doi:10.5194/bg-8-3069-2011

Most Cited Publications