7fcde7 square The Department of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, SOEST
Christopher Sabine


Department of Oceanography
University of Hawai`i at Manoa
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone:(808) 956-6344
Fax: (808) 956-9225
E-mail: csabine@hawaii.edu


Curriculum Vitae


  • 1992 Ph.D. in Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822 (Fred T. Mackenzie, Advisor).
  • 1986 B.S. in Marine Science, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston, TX 77553.

Research Interests:

  • - The role of the ocean in the global carbon cycle
  • - Interpreting ocean inorganic carbon measurements
  • - Measuring and understanding ocean acidification
  • - Air-sea exchange of CO2 at the ocean surface
  • - Understanding multiple tracer relationships
  • - Examining carbonate and organic matter re-mineralization
  • - Examining the basin-scale distributions of both natural and
    anthropogenic carbon in the ocean’s interior


Department of Commerce Bronze Medal – 2017
NOAA Administrator’s Award - 2014
AGU Fellow - 2013
Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Gustavus Adolphus College - 2012
NOAA Technology Transfer Award - 2011
Seattle FEB Public Service Award - 2010
NOAA Research Employee of the Year - 2009
NASA Group Achievement Award - 2009
NOAA/OAR Special Act Award, 2004, 2008
Special Recognition by IPCC when it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore - 2007
NOAA employee of the month - 2007
Department of Commerce Gold Award - 2006
PMEL Outstanding Scientific Paper Award - 2005, 2008
NOAA/OAR Significant Achievement Award - 2003, 2004, 2005
NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper award - 2002, 2005, 2009

Thesis Advisor (4 total) and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor (2 total):

Katherine Fagan (PhD 2011, Univ. of Washington); Andrea Fassbender (MS 2010; PhD 2014, Univ. of Washington); Gwenn Hennon (PhD 2015, Univ. of Washington); Nancy Williams (MS 2014, Univ. of Washington); Laurie Juranek (NRC postdoc, 2011-2012); Adrienne Sutton (NRC postdoc, 2012).


Bronselaer, B., M. Winton, J. Russell, C.L. Sabine, and S. Khatiwala (2017): Agreement of CMIP5 simulated and observed ocean anthropogenic CO2 uptake. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi: 10.1002/2017GL074435, Published online.

Courtney, T.A., M. Lebrato, N.R. Bates, A. Collins, S.J. de Putron, R. Garley, R. Johnson, J.C. Molinero, T.J. Noyes, C.L. Sabine, and A.J. Andersson (2017): Environmental controls on modern scleractinian coral and reef-scale calcification. Sci. Adv., 3(11), e1701356, doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1701356, Open access.

Lindquist, A., A. Sutton, A. Devol, A. Winans, A. Coyne, B. Bodenstein, B. Curry, B. Herrmann, B. Sackmann, B. Tyler, C. Maloy, C. Greengrove, C. Fanshier, C. Krembs, C. Sabine, … (2017): Puget Sound Marine Waters: 2016 Overview. S. Moore, R. Wold, K. Stark, J. Bos, P. Williams, N. Hamel, A. Edwards, C. Krembs, and J. Newton (eds.), NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center for the Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program’s (PSEMP) Marine Waters Workgroup, Available online.

Sabine, C.L. (2017): Hot and sour in the deep ocean. Nature Clim. Change, 7(12), 854–855, doi: 10.1038/s41558-017-0018-4, Published online.

Xue, L., W.-J. Cai, A.J. Sutton, and C.L. Sabine (2017): Sea surface aragonite saturation state variations and control mechanisms at the Gray's Reef time-series site off Georgia, USA (2006–2007). Mar. Chem., 195, 27–40, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2017.05.009.

Carter, B.R., R.A. Feely, S. Mecking, J.N. Cross, A.M. Macdonald, S.A. Siedlecki, L.D. Talley, C.L. Sabine, F.J. Millero, J.H. Swift, and A.G. Dickson (2017): Two decades of Pacific anthropogenic carbon storage and ocean acidification along Global Ocean Ship-based Hydrographic Investigations Program sections P16 and P02. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31(2), 306–327, doi: 10.1002/2016GB005485.

Fassbender, A.J., C.L. Sabine, M.F. Cronin, and A.J. Sutton (2017): Mixed-layer carbon cycling at the Kuroshio Extension Observatory. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31(2), 272–288, doi: 10.1002/2016GB005547.

Fassbender, A.J., C.L. Sabine, and H.I. Palevsky (2017): Nonuniform ocean acidification and attenuation of the ocean carbon sink. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44(16), 8404–8413, doi: 10.1002/2017GL074389.

Okazaki, R.R., A.J. Sutton, R.A. Feely, A.G. Dickson, S.R. Alin, C.L. Sabine, P.M.E. Bunje, and J.I. Virmani (2017): Evaluation of marine pH sensors under controlled and natural conditions for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods, 15, 586–600, doi: 10.1002/lom3.10189.

Reimer, J.J., W.-J. Cai, L. Xue, R. Vargas, S. Noakes, X. Hu, S.R. Signorini, J.T. Mathis, R.A. Feely, A.J. Sutton, C.L. Sabine, S. Musielewicz, B. Chen, and R. Wanninkhof (2017): Time series pCO2 at a coastal mooring: internal consistency, seasonal cycles, and interannual variability. Cont. Shelf Res., 145, 95–108, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2017.06.022, Available online.

Sutton, A.J., R. Wanninkhof, C.L. Sabine, R.A. Feely, M.F. Cronin, and R.A. Weller (2017): Variability and trends in surface seawater pCO2 and CO2 flux in the Pacific Ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44(11), 5627–5636, doi: 10.1002/2017GL073814.