Doug Vandemark

  • Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and Earth, Oceans & Space
  • Director, Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL)

Ph.D. University of New Hampshire, 2005

Research Areas

Ocean remote sensing, air-sea interaction, ocean observing systems

Research Emphasis

My research interests lie in ocean remote sensing with a focus on air-sea interaction. My specific research in these areas involves radar oceanography including microwave altimetry, scatterometry, and synthetic aperture radar as well as remote measurement techniques and models for directional ocean wave spectra, air-sea momentum flux and gas transfer parameterizations, and wind-wave interactions. One focus has been data fusion of coincident ocean satellite observations to improve how satellites estimate parameters such as near-surface winds, sea level, and currents. Another ongoing research activity involves the study of oceanic carbon dioxide variability in coastal waters as well as the remote sensing of greenhouse gas air-sea fluxes using satellite ocean surface wind, temperature, and color measurements.  Most recently, we are engaged in work with the new ocean salinity measurement satellites SMOS and Aquarius.


Plagge, A. M., D. Vandemark, B. Chapron, Examining the impact of surface currents on satellite scatterometer and altimeter ocean winds, J. Atm. Ocean Tech., in press.

Irish, J.D., D. Vandemark, S. Shellito, and J. E. Salisbury, Experience with moored observations in the western Gulf of Maine from 2006 to 2012, Marine Technology Society Journal, 47:1, 19-32, 2013.

Hanafin, J.,Y. Quilfen, F. Ardhuin, J. Sienkiewicz, P. Queffeulou, M. Obrebski, B. Chapron, N. Reul, D. Corman, E. M. Vieira de Brito de Azevedo, D. Vandemark, E. Stutzmann, Phenomenal sea states and swell radiation: a comprehensive analysis of the 12-16 February 2011 North Atlantic storms, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 93, 1825-1832, 2012.

Reul, N., J. Tenerelli , B. Chapron , D. Vandemark , Y. Quilfen , and Y. Kerr, SMOS satellite L-band radiometer: a new capability for ocean surface remote sensing in hurricanes, J. Geophys. Res., 117, C02006, doi:10.1029/2011JC007474, 2012.

Hunt, C. W., J. S. Salisbury, and D. Vandemark, Contribution of non-carbonate anions to total alkalinity and overestimation of pCO2 in New England and New Brunswick rivers, Biogeosciences, 8, 1-8, doi:10.5194/bg-8-1-2011, 2011.

Salisbury, J., D. Vandemark, J. Campbell, C. Hunt, D. Wisser, N. Reul, and B. Chapron, Spatial and temporal coherence between Amazon river discharge and absorption by colored organic carbon in western tropical Atlantic waters, J. Geophys. Res., 116, doi:10.1029/2011JC006989, 2011.

Feng, H. and D. Vandemark, Altimeter observations in the Gulf of Maine and Mid-Atlantic Bight region, Marine Geodesy, 34:340-363, doi:10.1080/01490419.2011.584828, 2011.

Vandemark, D., J. E. Salisbury, C. W. Hunt, S. Shellito, J. Irish, C. L. Sabine, S. Maenner, W. R. McGillis, Temporal and spatial dynamics of CO2 air-sea flux in the Gulf of Maine, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C01012, doi:10.1029/2010JC006408, 2011.

Quilfen, Y., D. Vandemark, B. Chapron, H. Feng, and J. Sienkiewicz, Estimating gale to hurricane force winds using the satellite altimeter, J. Atm. Oc. Tech, 28(4), 453-458, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-10-05000.1, 2011.

Hunt, C. W., J. E. Salisbury, D. Vandemark, and W. R. McGillis, Contrasting carbon dioxide inputs and exchange in three adjacent New England estuaries, Estuaries and Coasts, 34(1), 68-77, doi: 10.1007/s12237-010-9299-9, 2011.


University of New Hampshire
Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory
161 Morse Hall
8 College Road
Durham, NH 03824

Research Areas: 
Ocean Remote Sensing
Physical Oceanography