Gene Carl Feldman
Gene Carl Feldman
Nationality American
Fields Oceanography/Remote Sensing
Alma mater State University of New York at Stony Brook
Known for 25 years of active Ocean Color research
Notable awards James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, NASA Excellence in Information Science & Technology Award

Gene Carl Feldman has been an oceanographer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) since 1985. His primary interest has been to try and make the data that NASA gathers from its spaceborne fleet of Earth observing instruments, especially those monitoring the subtle changes in ocean color, as scientifically credible, readily understandable and as easily available to the broadest group of people possible. He has been involved in a number of past and present NASA missions including the Coastal Zone Color Scanner (CZCS), the Sea-Viewing Wide Field Sensor (SeaWiFS) and the Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and along with the NASA Ocean Biology Processing group which he co-leads, been given the responsibility for designing, implementing and operating the data processing and mission operations component of upcoming ocean salinity mission called Aquarius, a space mission developed by NASA and the Space Agency of Argentina - Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE).

Prior to his work with NASA, his experience included extended service (3½ years) as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa, where among other things he was involved in fish farming, sea turtle conservation, boat building and village fisheries development and work with the NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service as a fisheries biologist in Seattle, Alaska and San Diego. These experiences led to his becoming a Graduate Research Fellow at the Marine Sciences Research Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, where for his dissertation, he used satellite and oceanographic data to study the variability in, and the relationship between, the physical and biological processes in the ocean. He earned his Ph.D. in Coastal Oceanography in 1985.



  • Michael J. Behrenfeld,Robert T. O'Malley,David A. Siegel,Charles R. McClain,Jorge L. Sarmiento,Gene Carl Feldman,Allen J. Milligan,Paul G. Falkowski,Ricardo M. Letelier and Emmanuel S. Boss "Climate-driven trends in contemporary ocean productivity". Nature 444, 752-755, 2006
  • Charles R. McClain, Gene Carl Feldman and Stanford B. Hooker " An overview of the SeaWiFS project and strategies for producing a climate research quality global ocean bio-optical time series". Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography Volume 51, Issues 1-3, January–February, 2004
  • Ocean Color documents from various authors available from the "OceanColor Web"

External links

  • NASA Biographical Webpage
  • NASA's OceanColor Web
  • Monitoring the Earth from Space with SeaWiFS
  • SeaWiFS 10 Year Gloabl Biosphere Animation
  • Climate Warming Reduces Ocean Food Supply
  • Dr. Betsy Pugel interviews Dr. Gene Carl Feldman for “Straight from the Scientist’s. Mouth”
  • From Sea to Shining Sea - A Film Treatment for a Documentary about the Ben Franklin
  • Webcast of presentation given at the Library of Congress - 22 September 2010