Christopher L. Sabine, Ph.D.

NOAA/PMEL, Laboratory Director

Member of carbon group since 1999, but moved to PMEL Laboratory Director position in November 2011

PhD, Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, 1992.
Affiliate Full Professor, Department of Oceanography, University of Washington
Senior Fellow, University of Washington Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Research Interests
My research addresses the role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle. In particular, my work centers on interpreting ocean inorganic carbon measurements and understanding ocean acidification (OA). This includes understanding the air-sea exchange of CO2 at the ocean surface, examining the basin-scale distributions of both natural and anthropogenic carbon in the ocean’s interior, understanding multiple tracer relationships (e.g. anthropogenic CO2 and dissolved oxygen), evaluating ocean carbon cycle GCMs with data-based global carbon distributions, and examining carbonate and organic matter re-mineralization within the open ocean and in coastal environments.

Contact Information

NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 526-6800
Fax: (206) 526-6744
chris dot sabine at noaa dot gov

Sabine CV



NOAA Administrator’s Award for scientific expertise, leadership and outstanding contributions to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - 2014
AGU Fellow - 2013
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College - 2012
NOAA Technology Transfer Award - 2011
Seattle FEB Public Service Award - 2010
NOAA Research Employee of the Year - 2009
NASA Group Achievement Award - 2009
NOAA/OAR Special Act Award, 2004, 2008
Nobel Peace Prize (co-shared with Al Gore and other members of IPCC) - 2007
NOAA employee of the month - 2007
Department of Commerce Gold Award - 2006
PMEL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award - 2005, 2008
NOAA/OAR Significant Achievement Award - 2003, 2004, 2005
NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper award - 2002, 2005, 2009