National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Dr. Andrea J. Fassbender

Research Physical Scientist
Staff Affiliation: 
PMEL Division: 
Ocean Climate
PMEL Project: 
Global Observations of Biogeochemistry and Ocean Physics

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Research Interests:

Andrea Fassbender is a scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) studying marine carbon and biogeochemical cycles and the ocean’s role in global climate. She leads a team contributing to the international Biogeochemical Argo effort as part of the interdisciplinary Global Observations of Biogeochemistry and Ocean Physics Group. Group projects range from regional to global in scale and leverage a combination of satellite, autonomous platform, and ship-based observing approaches as well as earth system model output. Key research priorities include:

  1. developing accurate, scalable methods to quantify the biological carbon pump from sensors on autonomous platforms and satellites
  2. characterizing the ocean carbon sink sensitivity to natural and anthropogenic carbon cycle interactions
  3. creating new tools for measuring long-term changes in ocean carbon chemistry
  4. exploring the impacts of ocean acidification on coastal and open-ocean ecosystems

Students and Postdocs can learn more about engaging with our group here and with PMEL here.