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David Martin

Director of Strategy and Special Programs





Research Interests

Program Management, Remote Sensing, Bio-optical Oceanography


Dr. Martin leads the Laboratory's efforts to identify and define research problems, and to obtain research grants and contracts through liaison with sponsors and funding organizations. His contributions ensure that APL-UW remains on the leading edge of research and development for the nation's defense and welfare. Dr. Martin joined APL-UW in 2002.

Department Affiliation

Director's Office


B.S. Oceanography, University of Washington, 1976

M.S. Physical Oceanography & Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, 1983

Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Washington, 1992


2000-present and while at APL-UW

NANOOS partnerships for assessing ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest

Newton, J., D. Martin, E. Mayorga, A. Devol, R. Feely, S. Alin, B. Dewey, B. Eudeline, A. Barton, and A. Suhbier, "NANOOS partnerships for assessing ocean acidification in the Pacific Northwest," Proc. MTS/IEEE Oceans 2012, 14-19 October, Hampton Road, VA, doi:10.1109/OCEANS.2012.6405086, 2012.

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14 Oct 2012

Ocean acidification has serious implications for the economy and ecology of the Pacific Northwest United States. A combination of factors renders the Pacific coast and coastal estuaries particularly vulnerable to acidified water. The Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems, NANOOS, the Regional Association of the United States Integrated Ocean Observing System, IOOS, is set up to deliver coastal data to serve the needs and decisions of its region. NANOOS has worked through IOOS with the NOAA Ocean Acidification Program, NOAA PMEL, academic, local, and commercial and tribal shellfish growing partners to provide existing observing assets to accommodate pCO2 and pH sensors, to deliver data streams from these and other providers, including that from sensors in shellfish hatcheries, and to network this capacity regionally and nationally. This increase in data access regarding OA is of value to scientists, managers, educators, and shellfish growers who are especially appreciative of the near real-time readouts of the data, upon which to make hatchery and remote setting decisions. This is a regional example of NANOOS and IOOS contributions to societal impacts from ocean acidification.

The NANOOS Visualization System: Aggregating, displaying, and serving data

Risien, C.M., J.C. Allan, R. Blair, A.V. Jaramillo, D. Jones, P.M. Kosro, D. Martin, E. Mayorga, J.A. Newton, T. Tanner, and S.A. Uczekaj, "The NANOOS Visualization System: Aggregating, displaying, and serving data," In Proceedings, MTS/IEEE Oceans, Biloxi, MS, 26-29 October (MTS/IEEE, 2009).

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26 Oct 2009

The Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) is one of eleven Regional Associations of the US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). NANOOS serves the Pacific Northwest from the US/Canada border to Cape Mendocino on the northern California coast. Its mission is to coordinate and support the development, implementation, and operations of a regional coastal ocean observing system (RCOOS) for the Pacific Northwest region, as part of IOOS. A key objective for NANOOS is to provide data and user-defined products regarding the coast, estuaries and ocean to a diverse group of end users in a timely fashion, and at spatial and temporal scales appropriate for their needs.

To this end, NANOOS is developing a web mapping portal, the NANOOS Visualization System (NVS), that aggregates, displays and serves near real-time coastal, estuarine, oceanographic and meteorological data, derived from buoys, gliders, tide gauges, HF Radar, meteorological stations, satellites and shore based coastal stations, as well as model forecast information in such a way that it presents end users with a rich, informative and meaningful experience. NVS makes use of a variety of services, including the Google Maps service and a data translation and visualization service known as ERDDAP (Environmental Research Division's Data Access Program), compliant Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) web standards such as the Sensor Observation Service (SOS), Web Map Service (WMS), and Keyhole Markup Language (KML), as well as the Open-source Project for a Network Data Access Protocol (OPeNDAP) as served and cataloged by the NANOOS THREDDS (Thematic Realtime Environmental Distributed Data Services) Data Server (TDS). These heterogeneous data streams are transformed on-the-fly to other formats or representations, which NVS makes available to the end user via a Google Maps interface.

We will describe in detail the NVS development process and will demonstrate the ability of NVS to serve as a portal for one-stop access to near real-time regional data and forecast products, including NOAA's first seven core variables (ocean currents, temperature, salinity, water level, waves, chlorophyll and surface winds), by describing the data flows from NANOOS funded coastal and ocean observing and forecasting assets as well as Federal assets. In addition, we will describe future development plans that include greater functionality, iteratively improving NVS based on feedback received at planned training workshops and from identified stakeholders, and updating NVS to be compliant with future IOOS and OGC standards.

The National Oceanographic Partnership Program, Ocean.US, and real movement towards an integrated and sustained ocean observing system

Martin, D.L., "The National Oceanographic Partnership Program, Ocean.US, and real movement towards an integrated and sustained ocean observing system," Oceanography, 16(4), 13-19, 2003.

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30 Sep 2003

The National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) was legislatively established in 1997 in Public Law 104-201 to promote a number of national goals through improved knowledge of the oceans and to strengthen oceanographic efforts by creating partnerships among Federal agencies, academia, industry, NGOs and other stakeholders of the national oceanographic community. NOPP is a formal collaboration of fourteen U.S. government agencies that are directly involved in oceanographic research, operations and education. In the area of ocean observation and prediction, NOPP areas of interest and investment have included data assimilation and modeling, fostering the development of technologies for ocean observing systems, and, in particular, providing a national leadership forum to foster the development and maintenance of an integrated and sustained ocean observing system that will meet national needs, while also serving as the U.S. component of a global ocean observing system. In response to Congressional interest, two reports were completed in 1999 under the auspices of NOPP that provide a framework and strategy for achieving a fully integrated and sustained capability for ocean observations through the establishment of a program office, Ocean.US, to oversee this national enterprise. In May 2000, Congress was informed of the decision to establish Ocean.US and, following a period of discussions and interagency negotiations, the Office was formally established in October of 2000. Early actions of Ocean.US included establishing an independent physical presence in the national Capitol region and building a staff from personnel from the principal NOPP agencies.

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