Douglas Vandemark

Affiliate Research Professor
Phone: (603) 862-0195
Office: Earth, Oceans, & Space, Morse Hall Rm 141, Durham, NH 03824
Doug Vandemark

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., Vandemark, D., Reul, N., Feng, H., & Levin, J. (2021). Winter surface salinity in the northeastern Gulf of Maine from five years of SMAP satellite data. JOURNAL OF MARINE SYSTEMS, 216. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2021.103508

Wang, C., Vandemark, D., Mouche, A., Chapron, B., Li, H., & Foster, R. C. (2020). An assessment of marine atmospheric boundary layer roll detection using Sentinel-1 SAR data. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 250. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2020.112031

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

Land, P. E., Findlay, H. S., Shutler, J. D., Ashton, I. G. C., Holding, T., Grouazel, A., . . . Sabia, R. (2019). Optimum satellite remote sensing of the marine carbonate system using empirical algorithms in the global ocean, the Greater Caribbean, the Amazon Plume and the Bay of Bengal. REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, 235. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2019.111469

Tran, N., Vandemark, D., Zaron, E. D., Thibaut, P., Dibarboure, G., & Picot, N. (2019). Assessing the effects of sea-state related errors on the precision of high-rate Jason-3 altimeter sea level data. Advances in Space Research. doi:10.1016/j.asr.2019.11.034

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