Ocean Remote Sensing & Air-Sea Interaction
Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory
Department of Earth Sciences
Dr. Vandemark's research interests lie in the study of ocean and atmosphere boundary layer interactions and how to remotely measure near-surface ocean properties including wind, waves, salinity, and mass flux using satellite radar and radiometer systems. His work involves developing new microwave ocean remote sensing techniques, as well as devising and using satellite and field measurements to perform and improve ocean process studies. He has a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Hope College, a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the University of New Hampshire. Prior to joining EOS-OPAL, he worked from 1990-2005 at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center as a research engineer and scientist.
Recently he has been involved in several field programs designed to improve the observation and modeling of the effects of wind on ocean wave generation, ocean circulation, and air-sea fluxes. New research also includes development and deployment of ocean measurement buoys in the Gulf of Maine. Dr. Vandemark is active in studies tied to numerous NASA and ESA earth observing satellites and currently serves as a Principal Investigator on NASA's Ocean Surface Topography and Ocean Vector Wind Science Teams. He is also a member of the U.S. IOOS federal advisory committee and of the advisory working group for NASA's Physical Oceanography Data Archive center. Prospective graduate or undergraduate students interested in physical oceanography, air-sea interactions, ocean field research, and/or satellite data analysis projects are encouraged to contact him to discuss opportunities for collaboration.