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Jorge L. Sarmiento
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (Biogeochemistry)

Director of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program

Director of the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science

AOS Program, Princeton University

Sayre Hall, Forrestal Campus
PO Box CN710
Princeton, NJ 08544-0710

Phone: (609) 258-6585


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Dr. Jorge L. Sarmiento is a Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey. After completing his doctoral studies at the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory of Columbia University in 1978, he went to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the Princeton University campus. He joined the Princeton University faculty in 1980, and was appointed Director of its Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, continuing in that position until 1990.

Dr. Sarmiento's primary research interests are in the oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, and in the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation. He has published widely on ocean tracers and the ocean carbon cycle, its history, its ongoing and potential future perturbations by mankind, and its relationship to climate change. Ongoing research includes the use of ocean general circulation models to estimate uptake of anthropogenic CO2, and the use of atmospheric general circulation models constrained with atmospheric CO2 observations to estimate transport of CO2 in the atmosphere. He is working in conjunction with ocean biologists to develop ecosystem models for predicting photosynthetic uptake of carbon in the surface ocean, as well as remineralization of organic matter in the deep ocean.

Dr. Sarmiento has participated in the scientific planning and execution of many of the large scale multi-institutional and international oceanographic biogeochemical and tracer programs of the last two decades, including the Geochemical Ocean Sections Study program, the Transient Tracers in the Oceans program, and the South Atlantic Ventilation Experiment. He is active in the ongoing World Ocean Circulation Experiment, Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, and International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. He served on the Climate Research Committee and Committee on Oceanic Carbon of the National Research Council, as well as on the Advisory Committee of Ocean Sciences of the National Science Foundation. He was on the editorial board of the Journal of Marine Research, Climate Dynamics, and Global Biogeochemical Cycles

Amongst the lectures that Dr. Sarmiento has been invited to give, he has particularly enjoyed those involving programs for graduate students. He has lectured students in various courses at the University of Washington, Cornell University, as the H. Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, at the University of Bern, and at the University of Gothenburg.

Updated 08/12/08