Martin A Montes

Martin A Montes

  • 301.286.0501
  • Mail Code: 616
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Research Interests

    Scattering LiDAR in aquatic environments

    Inversion models of biogeochemical properties and ecosystem functions in coastal and oceanic waters. Spaceborne LiDAR and machine learning algorithms applied to climate change variability

    Statistical modeling of continental aerosols

    Machine learning techniques applied to classification of aerosols types derived from passive and active spaceborne measurements. Real-time prediction of aerosol composition for improving atmospheric correction and optical inversion of biogeochemical properties in coastal and inland waters

    Toxic phytoplankton blooms

    Detection of HABs using GIS and machine learning algorithms and smartphone measurements

    Current Projects

    PACE (Planned. Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud and ocean Ecosystem)

    Science Data Segment team: Code development for L1C products using SeaDAS soffware. Mapping of optical measurements derived from satellite sensors OCI, HARP-2 and SpexOne. Geolocation algorithms for aerosol products.


    5/2018 - Present

    Research scientist

    NASA/SSAI, Greenbelt, MD,USA

    Development, validation and implementation of aerosol models and L1C products for hyperspectral, polarized and multangular satellite measurements

    2020 - Present

    Ad-honorem researcher

    CURE, Uruguay

    Statistical modelization and artificial intelligence of data in natural sciences (MEDIANA). PI: Carolini Crisci and Angel Segura


    1. PhD, Marine Ecology, CICESE, Mexico
    2. MsSc, Physics, University of South Florida
    3. Licenciatura, Marine Biology, Argentina

    Professional Societies

    AGU, 2015 - Present

    Professional Service

    Guest editor: Remote Sensing Journal, 2020


    • Distinguished citizen of Tampico, Mexico, 2001
    • US Navy Antarctic medal, 1996
    • Best bachelor, Argentina, 1995 graduation

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Deus Álvarez S., Kruk C., Martínez de la Escalera G., Montes A. Montes, Segura A.M., Piccini C. .Morphology captures toxicity in Microcystis aeruginosa complex: Evidence from a wide environmental gradient.Harmful Algae. 2020 Jul;97:101854. doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2020.101854. Epub 2020 Jun 24.


    Montes M, Vuorenkoski AK, Dalgleish FR, Ouyang B. 2019. Characterization of underwater scattering layers based on variance components of LiDAR backscattering. Optics Express, 27: A1084-A1108.

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