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Dr. Paul M. DiGiacomo

Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division

Division Chief


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photo: Dr. Paul M. DiGiacomoDr. Paul M. DiGiacomo is Chief of the Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division in the NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR). Paul is a biological oceanographer, with expertise in water quality assessments, coastal marine ecosystem dynamics and remote sensing of ocean, coastal, and inland waters. He has a B.S. from Penn State University and a Ph.D. from UCLA, both in Biology, and subsequently was a National Research Council (NRC) Resident Research Associate at JPL.

Paul was Chief of the Marine Ecosystems and Climate Branch in STAR from 2006 to 2009, as well as the NOAA CoastWatch/OceanWatch Program Manager. Prior to joining NOAA in 2006, Paul served as Supervisor of the Earth Missions Concepts Group at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, as well as the Discipline Program Manager of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems Program Office at JPL.

Paul is active in a number of inter/national working groups and panels, presently serving as Co-Chair of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) Blue Planet Initiative, Co-Lead of the GEO AquaWatch coastal and inland water quality initiative, Chair of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellite (CEOS) Coastal Observation & Application Study Team: COAST, Co-Chair of the OceanPredict Advisory Board, and, Lead for NOAA's JPSS Ocean Environmental Data Records Team.

In 2019, Paul was a recipient of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Individual Excellence Award for his leadership efforts in support of the ocean and coasts globally.