Joseph Salisbury

Research Professor
Earth Sciences Affiliate
Phone: (603) 862-0849
Office: Ocean Process Analysis Lab, Morse Hall Rm 142, Durham, NH 03824
Joe Salisbury

My interests focus on the biogeochemistry and ecology of coastal regions, particularly those influenced by riverine processes. I'm presently working on two strands of research. The first seeks to characterize distributions of carbon dioxide, air-sea carbon exchange, productivity and acid stress in freshwater-influenced coastal regions. The second strand involves the use of data from a variety of space-borne sensors to characterize net community productivity and carbon exchanges in coastal waters. For these projects we use a variety of remotely sensed data including ocean color, sea surface temperature and microwave radiometry. Our UNH Coastal Carbon Group maintains several autonomous data collecting assets in the Gulf of Maine and stays active in cruise campaigns throughout the western Atlantic. I'm currently the Principal Investigator of the NASA-UNH mission GLIMR, (Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer), a hyper spectral ocean color instrument that is scheduled to be placed in geostationary orbit in 2026.


  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S., Ins Ledrshp/Pblc Plcy, University of Southern Maine
  • B.A., Geology/Earth Science, University of Southern Maine

Selected Publications

Dierssen, H. M., Gierach, M., Guild, L. S., Mannino, A., Salisbury, J., Schollaert Uz, S., . . . Werdell, P. J. (2023). Synergies Between NASA's Hyperspectral Aquatic Missions PACE, GLIMR, and SBG: Opportunities for New Science and Applications. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 128(10). doi:10.1029/2023jg007574

Gomez, F. A., Lee, S. -K., Stock, C. A., Ross, A. C., Resplandy, L., Siedlecki, S. A., . . . Salisbury, J. E. (n.d.). RC4USCoast: a river chemistry dataset for regional ocean model applications in the US East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and US West Coast. Earth System Science Data, 15(5), 2223-2234. doi:10.5194/essd-15-2223-2023

Hunt, C. W., Salisbury, J. E., & Vandemark, D. (2022). Controls on buffering and coastal acidification in a temperate estuary. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, 67(6), 1328-1342. doi:10.1002/lno.12085

Salisbury, J. E., Jonsson, B. F., Mannino, A., Kim, W., Goes, J. I., Choi, J. -Y., & Concha, J. A. (2021). Assessing Net Growth of Phytoplankton Biomass on Hourly to Annual Time Scales Using the Geostationary Ocean Color Instrument. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 48(23). doi:10.1029/2021GL095528

Garcia-Troche, E. M., Morell, J. M., Melendez, M., & Salisbury, J. E. (2021). Carbonate chemistry seasonality in a tropical mangrove lagoon in La Parguera, Puerto Rico. PLOS ONE, 16(5). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0250069

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., Peters, G. P., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., . . . Zeng, N. (2015). Global carbon budget 2014. EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE DATA, 7(1), 47-85. doi:10.5194/essd-7-47-2015

Waldbusser, G. G., & Salisbury, J. E. (2014). Ocean Acidification in the Coastal Zone from an Organism's Perspective: Multiple System Parameters, Frequency Domains, and Habitats. ANNUAL REVIEW OF MARINE SCIENCE, VOL 6, 6, 221-247. doi:10.1146/annurev-marine-121211-172238

Salisbury, J., Green, M., Hunt, C., & Campbell, J. (2008). Coastal Acidification by Rivers:A Threat to Shellfish?. Eos, 89(50), 513. doi:10.1029/2008eo500001

Vorosmarty, C. J., Green, P., Salisbury, J., & Lammers, R. B. (2000). Global water resources: Vulnerability from climate change and population growth. SCIENCE, 289(5477), 284-288. doi:10.1126/science.289.5477.284

Most Cited Publications