Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Chris Proctor



Org Code: 616

Mail Code: 616.2
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Chris Proctor is a lead scientific programmer/analyst and oceanographer in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory (OEL) at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Geology at Bowdoin College in 2005 and his Masters of Science in Oceanography from the University of Maine in 2008. He has worked at OEL Ocean Biology Processing Group (OBPG) since 2011. He leads the SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS) managing its team and systems. His interests include the management and distribution of oceanographic datasets, data management, and bio-optical remote sensing of the oceans including the validation of satellite-based remote sensing radiometers and algorithms.



Lead Scientific Programmer/Analyst

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. - On-site contractor at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

September 2011 - Present


M.S., Oceanography, 2008
University of Maine, Orono, ME

B.A., Geology, 2005
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Selected Publications


Neeley, A., S. E. Beaulieu, C. Proctor, et al. I. Cetinić, J. Futrelle, I. Soto Ramos, H. M. Sosik, E. Devred, L. Karp-Boss, M. Picheral, N. Poulton, C. S. Roesler, and A. Shepherd. 2021. Standards and practices for reporting plankton and other particle observations from images 38 [10.1575/1912/27377]

Behrenfeld, M. J., R. H. Moore, C. A. Hostetler, et al. J. Graff, P. Gaube, L. M. Russell, G. Chen, S. C. Doney, S. Giovannoni, H. Liu, C. Proctor, L. M. Bolaños, N. Baetge, C. Davie-Martin, T. K. Westberry, T. S. Bates, T. G. Bell, K. D. Bidle, E. S. Boss, S. D. Brooks, B. Cairns, C. Carlson, K. Halsey, E. L. Harvey, C. Hu, L. Karp-Boss, M. Kleb, S. Menden-Deuer, F. Morison, P. K. Quinn, A. J. Scarino, B. Anderson, J. Chowdhary, E. Crosbie, R. Ferrare, J. W. Hair, Y. Hu, S. Janz, J. Redemann, E. Saltzman, M. Shook, D. A. Siegel, A. Wisthaler, M. Y. Martin, and L. Ziemba. 2019. The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview Frontiers in Marine Science 6 (122): 25 [10.3389/fmars.2019.00122]

Hu, C., L. Feng, Z. Lee, et al. B. A. Franz, S. W. Bailey, P. J. Werdell, and C. W. Proctor. 2019. Improving Satellite Global Chlorophyll a Data Products Through Algorithm Refinement and Data Recovery Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124 (3): 1524-1543 [10.1029/2019jc014941]

Ibrahim, A., B. Franz, Z. Ahmad, et al. R. Healy, K. Knobelspiesse, B.-C. Gao, C. Proctor, and P.-W. Zhai. 2018. Atmospheric correction for hyperspectral ocean color retrieval with application to the Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) Remote Sensing of Environment 204 60-75 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.10.041]

Matsuoka, A., E. Boss, M. Babin, et al. L. Karp-Boss, M. Hafez, A. Chekalyuk, C. W. Proctor, P. J. Werdell, and A. Bricaud. 2017. Pan-Arctic optical characteristics of colored dissolved organic matter: Tracing dissolved organic carbon in changing Arctic waters using satellite ocean color data Remote Sensing of Environment 200 89-101 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.08.009]

Gerbi, G. P., E. Boss, P. J. Werdell, et al. C. W. Proctor, N. Haëntjens, M. R. Lewis, K. Brown, D. Sorrentino, J. R. Zaneveld, A. H. Barnard, J. Koegler, H. Fargher, M. DeDonato, and W. Wallace. 2016. Validation of Ocean Color Remote Sensing Reflectance Using Autonomous Floats Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33 (11): 2331-2352 [10.1175/jtech-d-16-0067.1]

McKinna, L. I., J. Werdell, and C. W. Proctor. 2016. Implementation of an analytical Raman scattering correction for satellite ocean-color processing Opt. Express 24 (14): A1123--A1137 [10.1364/OE.24.0A1123]

Chaves, J. E., J. Werdell, C. W. Proctor, et al. A. R. Neeley, S. A. Freeman, C. S. Thomas, and S. B. Hooker. 2015. Assessment of ocean color data records from MODIS-Aqua in the western Arctic Ocean Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 118 (Part A): 32-43 [10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.02.011]

Werdell, P., C. Proctor, E. Boss, T. Leeuw, and M. Ouhssain. 2013. Underway sampling of marine inherent optical properties on the Tara Oceans expedition as a novel resource for ocean color satellite data product validation Methods in Oceanography 7 40-51 [10.1016/j.mio.2013.09.001]

Proctor, C. W., and C. S. Roesler. 2010. New insights on obtaining phytoplankton concentration and composition from in situ multispectral Chlorophyll fluorescence Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 8 (12): 695--708 [10.4319/lom.2010.8.0695]


Neeley, A. R., I. M. Soto Ramos, and C. Proctor. 2023. Standards and Best Practices for Reporting Flow Cytometry Observations: a technical manual, Version 1.1 Ocean Best Practices 31 []

Boss, E., C. W. Proctor, P. J. Werdell, et al. A. Chase, T. Leeuw, L. Karp-Boss, A. Matsuoka, M. Babin, M. Picheral, C. Marec, and G. Becu. 2014. Remote sensing of IOPs in the Arctic Ocean using the GIOP framework Proc. Ocean Optics XXII

Chaves Cedeno, J. E., P. J. Werdell, C. W. Proctor, et al. A. R. Neeley, S. A. Freeman, C. S. Thomas, and S. B. Hooker. 2014. Assessment of ocean color data records from MODIS-Aqua in the western Arctic Ocean Proc. Ocean Optics XXII

Proctor, C. W., J. T. Lefler, P. J. Werdell, and S. W. Bailey. 2014. The SeaBASS validation system: redesigned tools and online resources for ocean color satellite match-ups Proc. Ocean Optics XXII