Sabine, Christopher

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Professor, SOEST Associate Dean for Research
Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Marine Science Building
1000 Pope Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Phone:(808) 956-6344
Fax: (808) 956-9225

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. 1992 — Oceanography, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • M.S. 1986 — Marine Science, Texas A&M University at Galveston

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

Teaching Activities

  • OCN 780 (seminar) – Spring18 (lead)
  • OCN 623 (Chemical Oceanography) 33% – Spring18, Spring19, Spring 20
  • OCN 310 (Global Environmental Change) 50% – Fall18 (lead), Fall19 (lead), Fall20 (lead)
  • OCN 201 (Science of the Sea [geology/chemistry]) 33% – Spring19
  • Guest lecture at WCC (discussed marine debris on OCN120 Global Environmental Challenges) Spring18
  • Lecture at Coastal Ocean Environment Summer School in Ghana – Summer 2020


  • Department of Commerce Bronze Medal – 2018
  • 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 (masters 2010, PhD. 2014, Univ. of Washington); Nancy Williams (masters 2014, Univ. of Washington); Gwenn Hennon (PhD 2015, Univ. of Washington, committee member); Laurie Juranek (NRC postdoc, 2011-2012); Adrienne Sutton (NRC postdoc, 2012); Chris Wall (PhD 2019, Univ. of Hawaii, committee member); Evan Lechner (masters student, Univ. of Hawaii); Caroline Jackson (masters student, Univ. of Hawaii); Lucie Knor (PhD student, Univ. of Hawaii); Noah Howins (masters student, Univ. of Hawaii); Melissa Melendez (postdoc, 2020-present).

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

Winter, K. B., Y. M. Rii, F. A. W. L. Reppun, K. DeLaforgue Hintzen, R. A. Alegado, B. W. Bowen, L. L. Bremer, M. Coffman, J. L. Deenik, M. J. Donahue, K. A. Falinski, K. Frank, E. C. Franklin, N. Kurashima, N. Kekuewa Lincoln, E. M. P. Madin, M. A. McManus, C. E. Nelson, R. Okano, A. Olegario, P. Pascua, K. L. L. Oleson, M. R. Price, M. J. Rivera, K. S. Rodgers, T. Ticktin, C. L. Sabine, C. M. Smith, A. Hewett, R. Kaluhiwa, M. Cypher, B. Thomas, J.-A. Leong, K. Kekuewa, J. Tanimoto, K. Kukea-Shultz, A. Kawelo, K. Kotubetey, B. J. Neilson, T. S. Lee, and R. J. Toonen. 2020. Collaborative research to inform adaptive comanagement: a framework for the He?eia National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ecology and Society 25(4):15.

 Sabine, C., A Sutton, K McCabe, N Lawrence-Slavas, S Alin, R Feely, R Jenkins, S Maenner, C Meinig, J Thomas, E van Ooijen, A Passmore, B Tilbrook (2020) Evaluation of a new carbon dioxide system for autonomous surface vehicles. J. Atm. Ocn. Tech., DOI: 10.1175/JTECH-D-20-0010.1

Briggs, E.M., De Carlo, E.H., Sabine, C.L., Howins, N.M., and Martz T.R. (2020) Autonomous Ion-Sensitive Field Effect Transistor-Based Total Alkalinity and pH Measurements on a Barrier Reef of Kane’ohe Bay. ACS Earth and Space Chem, 4 (3), 355-362, DOI: 10.1021/acsearthspacechem.9b00274

Carter, B.R., Feely, R.A., Wanninkhof, R., Kouketsu, S., Sonnerup, R.E., Pardo, P.C., Sabine C.L., Johnson, G. C., Sloyan, B.M., Murata, A., Mecking, S., Tilbrook, B., Speer, K., Talley, L.D., Millero, F.J., Wijffels, S.E., Macdonald, A.M., Gruber, N., Bullister, J. L. (2019) Pacific anthropogenic carbon between 1991 and 2017. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 10.1029/2018GB006154.  Terlouw, G.J., De Carlo, E.H., Drupp, P.S., Knor, L., Mackenzie, F.T., Li, Y.-H., Sutton, A.J., Pleuddemann, A.J., and Sabine, C.L. (2019) Hawaii Coastal MApCO2 Network: A statistical evaluation of eight years of observations on tropical coral reefs. Frontiers in Marine Science, doi: 10.3389/fmars.2019.00226. 

 Gruber, N., D. Clement, B.R. Carter, R.A. Feely, S. van Heuven, M. Hoppema, M. Ishii, R.M. Key, A. Kozyr, S. Lauvset, C. Le Monaco, J.T. Mathis, A. Murata, A. Olsen, F.F. Perez, C.L. Sabine, T. Tanhua, and R. Wanninkhof (2019): The oceanic sink for anthropogenic CO2 from 1994 to 2007. Science, 363(6432), 1193-1199, doi: 10.1126/science.aau5153

Fassbender, A.J., Rodgers, K.B., Palevsky, H.I., and C.L. Sabine (2018) Seasonal asymmetry in the evolution of surface ocean pCO2 and pH thermodynamic drivers and the influence on sea-air CO2 flux. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 10.1029/2017GB005855.

Sabine, C.L. (2018): Hot and sour in the deep ocean. Nature Clim. Change, 7(12), 854-855, doi: 10.1038/s41558-017-0018-4.

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.

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. 

 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.

 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.

 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

 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.

 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, doi: 10.1002/2016GB005547

 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 GO-SHIP Sections P16 and P02. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 31, doi: 10.1002/2016GB005485