research group engaged in research and graduate instruction in the techniques of satellite oceanography and their application to problems in physical, biological, and chemical oceanography. Dr. Evans’ focus of research is to develop quantitative methods that permit timely access to satellite remote sensing observations of transient events in the ocean, using imaging infrared sensors and multi-spectral infrared and color scanner observations. He continues evolutionary development of processing and analysis capabilities with the goal of generating long-term time-series of oceanic mesoscale variability.
Curtis Mobley is the Vice President for Science and Senior Scientist at Sequoia Scientific, Inc. Dr. Mobley has a background in physics and meteorology, but most of his career has been devoted to research in radiative transfer theory applied to problems in optical oceanography. He created the widely used HydroLight computer program and wrote the textbook Light and Water: Radiative Transfer in Natural Waters. Early in his career he was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany, and has held both regular (at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory) and senior (at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) National Research Council Resident Research Associateships. He was an oceanographer with the University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean during the 1980s. From 1989 to 1991, he was the Program Manager of the Ocean Optics (now Littoral Sciences and Optics) program at the Office of Naval Research. Dr. Mobley has been an associate professor of physics at Pacific Lutheran University and is now an Affiliate Professor in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington.
Jorge L. Sarmiento is the George J. Magee Professor of Geosciences and Geological Engineering at Princeton University. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University in 1978, then served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA in Princeton before joining the Princeton University faculty in 1980. He has published widely on the global carbon cycle, the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation, and the impact of climate change on ocean biology and biogeochemistry. He has participated in the scientific planning and execution of many of the large-scale multi-institutional and international oceanographic biogeochemical and tracer programs of the past three decades. He was Director of Princeton’s Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program from 1980 to 1990 and 2006 to the present, and is Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science. He has served on the editorial board of multiple journals and as editor of Global Biogeochemical Cycles. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Shubha Sathyendranath is a Senior Scientist at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK) and an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University (Canada). She served as Executive Director of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO) until 2008 and continues to be involved in POGO, currently focusing on its capacity building efforts. She is an expert in marine optics and has several years of experience working on ocean color algorithm development and applications, and has published extensively in this field. She earned a doctorate in Optical Oceanography from the Université Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, in 1981. Dr. Sathyendranath is a former member of the National Academies’ Committee on International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts.
Carl F. Schueler retired as Chief Scientist of Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing (SBRS) in 2006, and was an industry remote sensing and electro-optics consultant until joining Orbital Sciences Corporation in 2008. Since the early 1980s he has led numerous sensor studies and proposals that have resulted in polar and geosynchronous Earth observation and planetary exploration instruments. He managed SBRS’s mid-1990s Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Block 6 and Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite (POES) studies leading to Raytheon’s participation in the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), now the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar-orbiting Satellite System (JPSS). As Technical Director from 1996 to 2002, he led the Visible Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) design, leading to an award in 2000 following the Preliminary Design Review. From 2001 to 2006 he led SBRS’s proposal to win the NASA Glory Aerosol Polarimetry Sensor (APS) program and served as Technical Director through Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews, achieving the highest NASA quality ratings. At Orbital he authored the 2008 Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) staring wide field-of-view (WFOV) Commercially Hosted InfraRed Payload (CHIRP) proposal, garnering the largest unsolicited Air Force award in history, and served as CHIRP Chief Scientist until 2010. Since then, he has developed missile warning and Space Situational Awareness (SSA) architectures. He serves on two Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) program committees and on the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Systems Technical Committee (SSTC). He received a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 1980 under a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellowship. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He has published 80 papers on remote sensing and instrument design and served on five NRC committees, including the 2007 Decadal Study Weather Panel.
David A. Siegel is a Professor of Marine Science in the Geography Department and Director of the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He joined the UCSB faculty in 1990 after one year