RYAN A VANDERMEULEN

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RYAN A VANDERMEULEN

  • SR. RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.8966
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 616.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Ryan is a reseach scientist in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His work has focused on the calibration/validation of space-borne sensors, real-time production and distribution of satellite data products for adaptive sampling, advanced algorithm development and implementation, in situ validation of optical properties, radiometric protocol development, and quantitative coupling of physical circulation models to bio-optical processes. In addition to satellite-based work, Ryan has also worked extensively with measurements of Primary Productivity and Community Respiration using optode, radiocarbon, and respirometric techniques, investigating the link between Net Ecosystem Metabolism and optical/biogeochemcial variability in turbid estuarine environments.

    Current Projects

    Pre-Aerosol, Clouds, and Ecosystem (PACE)

    Developing and executing trade studies to determine optimal spectral sampling frequencies, spatial resolution cosiderations, SNR requirements for derivative analysis, the viability of spectral subsampling, and development of Phytoplankton Functional Type (PFT) algorithms.

    GEOstationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE)

    Developing and implementing trade studies to determine uncertainties in diel measurements from geostationary platforms, rates of change in bio-optical and radiometric quanities, spatial resolution considerations, as well as optimization of temporal and spatial sampling techniques.

    Phytoplankton Library of Optical Properties

    Development of optical and pigment fingerprint libraries from natural and cultured samples for development of PFT algorithms.

    Visual Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)

    Participation in Calibration/Validation activities for the VIIRS sensor, inclduing radiometric protocol development, quantiication of sampling uncertainties, and in situ validation of optical properties.

    Positions/Employment

    1/2016 - Present

    Senior Research Scientist

    Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, MD

    Planning and execution of various trade studies in support of NASA Pre-Aerosol Cloud and Ecosystem (PACE) mission as well as the GEO-stationary Coastal and Air-Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE) mission. Analysis of hyperspectral data for development of biogeochemical and Phytoplankton Functional Type (PFT) algorithms in support of the PACE mission. Investigation of the impacts of relevant spectral, spatial, and temporal sampling intervals on characterizing bio-geochemical constituents with different sensor designs. Analyze uncertainties in retrievals from existing Geo-stationary sensors including KOSC Geo-stationary Ocean Color Imager (GOCI) mission.

    8/2012 - 1/2016

    Remote Sensing Analyst

    University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, MS

    Partner in developing the Ocean Weather Laboratory at USM’s Department of Marine Science, an integrated and predictive center for ocean modeling, data integration, and biological oceanography from space (www.usm/edu/marine/research-owx). Analyzed the performance of environmental data products from MODIS and SNPP-VIIRS, including calibration and validation across multiple processing platforms. Coupled operational physical ocean models (NCOM, HYCOM) with satellite retrieved bio-optical products to track the physical and ecological exchanges of water masses. Generated/enhanced bio-optical algorithms for VIIRS and develop new ocean applications and products. Participated in several research cruises and utilized in situ sampling techniques to assess optical classification of water masses as well as radiometric uncertainties.

    8/2009 - 8/2012

    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center, MS

    Major Emphasis: Biological Oceanography. Mastered various biogeochemical, optical, and satellite analysis techniques studying net ecosystem metabolism and bio-optical variability in coastal Mississippi waters. Assisted in developing novel methodology to quantify community metabolism using optical sensors and environmental sondes. 

    8/2006 - 8/2009

    Laboratory Manager

    Respirtek, Inc., Biloxi, MS

    Responsible for overall operation and administration of a laboratory, to conduct various bioremediation, biodegradability, and wastewater, and respirometry bench scale laboratory experiments. Implemented and maintained stringent USDA certifications, emphasizing document control, traceability and quality proficiency testing for various microbiological analysis.

    Education

    M.S., Marine Science (Biological Oceanography emphasis)
    University of Southern Mississippi – Stennis Space Center, MS (Aug. 2012) GPA: 3.9  

    Research Emphasis: Temporal and spatial distribution of primary productivity and community respiration rates, as well as biogeochemical an optical variability.

    B.S., Marine Biology
    University of Southern Mississippi – Long Beach, MS (Dec. 2007) GPA: 3.9

    EXTERNAL COURSEWORK
    Satellite Remote Sensing in Biological Oceanography – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2011.                                                                                                                    
    Calibration and Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing – University of Maine, Darling Marine Center, Damariscotta, Maine, 2011.
     

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Arnone, R., R. Vandermuelen, I. Soto, et al. S. Ladner, M. Ondrusek, and H. Yang. 2017. "Diurnal changes in ocean color sensed in satellite imagery." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 11 (3): 032406 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.032406]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., A. Mannino, A. Neeley, J. Werdell, and R. Arnone. 2017. "Determining the optimal spectral sampling frequency and uncertainty thresholds for hyperspectral remote sensing of ocean color." Optics Express, 25 (16): A785 [10.1364/oe.25.00a785]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2015. "Enhanced satellite remote sensing of coastal waters using spatially improved bio-optical products from SNPP–VIIRS." Remote Sensing of Environment, 165: 53-63 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.026]

    Non-Refereed

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, S. Ladner, et al. M. Ondrusek, J. Salisbury, and H. Yang. 2016. "Diurnal changes in ocean color in coastal waters." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VIII 9827-37.

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, P. Donaghay, and H. Yang. 2016. "Surface biomass flux across the coastal Mississippi shelf." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VIII 9827-35.

    Vandermeulen, R., R. Arnone, and J. Kastler. 2015. "Consortium for Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems technical report for AUV Jubilee." Consortium for Coastal and River Dominated Ecosystems Report

    Perry, R., P. Lueng, W. McCall, et al. K. Martin, R. Vandermeulen, N. Sharma, S. Howden, H. Kim, R. Hervey, B. Kirkpatrick, S. Watson, M. Howard, M. Vogel, K. Satterlee, and L. Bruzy. 2015. "Ocean observing collaboration to improve 2014 hurricane forecasting and modeling in the Gulf of Mexico." OCEANS 2015 - MTS/IEEE Washington

    Lance, V., M. Ondrusek, R. Arnone, et al. S. Ahmed, J. Cannizzaro, A. Chekalyuk, A. El-Habashi, D. Engish, R. Foster, S. Freeman, A. Gilerson, J. Goes, W. Goode, H. Gomes, A. Ibrahim, C. Johnson, C. Kovach, S. Ladner, Z. Lee, J. Lin, K. McKee, A. Neeley, E. Stengel, M. Talone, R. Vandermeulen, K. Voss, W. Jianwei, G. Zibordi, and M. Wang. 2015. "NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 146 – Report for dedicated JPSS VIIRS ocean color calibration/validation cruise." NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 146 [10.7289/V52B8W0Z]

    Perry, R., W. McCall, P. T. Leung, et al. K. Martin, R. Vandermeulen, N. Sharma, S. Watson, S. Howden, R. Kirkpatrick, K. Satterlee, M. Vogel, L. Brzuzy, I. Voparil, R. Raye, and R. Abadie. 2015. "Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Collaborations to Improve Hurricane Forecasting and Environmental Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico." Offshore Technology Conference [10.4043/26012-ms]

    Perry, R. L., W. McCall, R. Green, et al. S. Howden, R. Vandermeulen, K. Martin, N. Slowey, S. Watson, B. Kirkpatrick, P. T. Leung, L. Brzuzy, K. Satterlee, R. Raye, I. Voparil, M. Vogel, and R. Abadie. 2015. "Gulf of Mexico Environmental Monitoring Through Federal-Academic-Industry Partnerships." SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference-Americas [10.2118/173518-ms]

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, A. Ignatov, and J. F. Cayula. 2015. "Seasonal trends of ACSPO VIIRS SST product characterized by the differences in orbital overlaps for various water types." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VII [10.1117/12.2179731]

    Cayula, J.-F. P., D. A. May, R. A. Arnone, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2015. "Evaluation of VIIRS SST fields through the analysis of overlap regions between consecutive orbits." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VII [10.1117/12.2179606]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2014. "Estimating sea surface salinity in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico using visible channels on SNPP-VIIRS." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053417]

    Arnone, R., R. Vandermeulen, S. D. Ladner, et al. J. Bowers, P. Martinolich, G. Fargion, and M. Ondrusek. 2014. "Sensitivity of calibration gains to ocean color processing in coastal and open waters using ensembles members for NPP-VIIRS." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053409]

    Bowers, J., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, et al. G. S. Fargion, A. Lawson, P. Martinolich, and R. Vandermeulen. 2014. "Regional vicarious gain adjustment for coastal VIIRS products." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053187]

    Cayula, J.-F. P., R. A. Arnone, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2014. "Comparison of VIIRS SST fields obtained from differing SST equations applied to a region covering the northern Gulf of Mexico and western North Atlantic." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053435]

    Ladner, S. D., R. Arnone, R. A. Vandermeulen, et al. P. Martinolich, A. Lawson, J. Bowers, R. Crout, M. Ondrusek, and G. Fargion. 2014. "Inter-satellite comparison and evaluation of Navy SNPP VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color properties." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053060]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2013. "Improved monitoring of bio-optical processes in coastal and inland waters using high spatial resolution channels on SNPP-VIIRS sensor." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V [10.1117/12.2018108]

    Arnone, R., S. Ladner, G. Fargion, et al. P. Martinolich, R. A. Vandermeulen, J. Bowers, and A. Lawson. 2013. "Monitoring bio-optical processes using NPP-VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color products." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V [10.1117/12.2018180]

    Vandermeulen, R. A. 2011. "Factors Influencing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Primary Productivity and Community Respiration in the Mississippi Coastal Estuarine Region." University of Southern Mississippi Thesis

    Arellano, A., N. Briggs, F. Cao, et al. H. Chen, A. Dave, C. Goyens, F. Henderikx-Freitas, C. Kearney, M. Kheireddine, S. Mishra, A. Neeley, M. Omand, L. Powers, A. Reisinger, S. Rivero, B. Russel, B. Seegers, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2011. "Portfolio of Measurement, Processing, and Analysis Techniques for Optical Oceanography Data." U. Maine Ocean Optics Course 2011 Report

    Brief Bio

    Ryan is a reseach scientist in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His work has focused on the calibration/validation of space-borne sensors, real-time production and distribution of satellite data products for adaptive sampling, advanced algorithm development and implementation, in situ validation of optical properties, radiometric protocol development, and quantitative coupling of physical circulation models to bio-optical processes. In addition to satellite-based work, Ryan has also worked extensively with measurements of Primary Productivity and Community Respiration using optode, radiocarbon, and respirometric techniques, investigating the link between Net Ecosystem Metabolism and optical/biogeochemcial variability in turbid estuarine environments.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Arnone, R., R. Vandermuelen, I. Soto, et al. S. Ladner, M. Ondrusek, and H. Yang. 2017. "Diurnal changes in ocean color sensed in satellite imagery." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 11 (3): 032406 [10.1117/1.jrs.11.032406]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., A. Mannino, A. Neeley, J. Werdell, and R. Arnone. 2017. "Determining the optimal spectral sampling frequency and uncertainty thresholds for hyperspectral remote sensing of ocean color." Optics Express 25 (16): A785 [10.1364/oe.25.00a785]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2015. "Enhanced satellite remote sensing of coastal waters using spatially improved bio-optical products from SNPP–VIIRS." Remote Sensing of Environment 165 53-63 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.04.026]

    Non-Refereed

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, S. Ladner, et al. M. Ondrusek, J. Salisbury, and H. Yang. 2016. "Diurnal changes in ocean color in coastal waters." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VIII 9827-37

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, P. Donaghay, and H. Yang. 2016. "Surface biomass flux across the coastal Mississippi shelf." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VIII 9827-35

    Vandermeulen, R., R. Arnone, and J. Kastler. 2015. "Consortium for Coastal River-Dominated Ecosystems technical report for AUV Jubilee." Consortium for Coastal and River Dominated Ecosystems Report

    Perry, R., P. Lueng, W. McCall, et al. K. Martin, R. Vandermeulen, N. Sharma, S. Howden, H. Kim, R. Hervey, B. Kirkpatrick, S. Watson, M. Howard, M. Vogel, K. Satterlee, and L. Bruzy. 2015. "Ocean observing collaboration to improve 2014 hurricane forecasting and modeling in the Gulf of Mexico." OCEANS 2015 - MTS/IEEE Washington

    Lance, V., M. Ondrusek, R. Arnone, et al. S. Ahmed, J. Cannizzaro, A. Chekalyuk, A. El-Habashi, D. Engish, R. Foster, S. Freeman, A. Gilerson, J. Goes, W. Goode, H. Gomes, A. Ibrahim, C. Johnson, C. Kovach, S. Ladner, Z. Lee, J. Lin, K. McKee, A. Neeley, E. Stengel, M. Talone, R. Vandermeulen, K. Voss, W. Jianwei, G. Zibordi, and M. Wang. 2015. "NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 146 – Report for dedicated JPSS VIIRS ocean color calibration/validation cruise." NOAA Technical Report NESDIS 146 [10.7289/V52B8W0Z]

    Perry, R., W. McCall, P. T. Leung, et al. K. Martin, R. Vandermeulen, N. Sharma, S. Watson, S. Howden, R. Kirkpatrick, K. Satterlee, M. Vogel, L. Brzuzy, I. Voparil, R. Raye, and R. Abadie. 2015. "Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Collaborations to Improve Hurricane Forecasting and Environmental Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico." Offshore Technology Conference [10.4043/26012-ms]

    Perry, R. L., W. McCall, R. Green, et al. S. Howden, R. Vandermeulen, K. Martin, N. Slowey, S. Watson, B. Kirkpatrick, P. T. Leung, L. Brzuzy, K. Satterlee, R. Raye, I. Voparil, M. Vogel, and R. Abadie. 2015. "Gulf of Mexico Environmental Monitoring Through Federal-Academic-Industry Partnerships." SPE E&P Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference-Americas [10.2118/173518-ms]

    Arnone, R., R. A. Vandermeulen, A. Ignatov, and J. F. Cayula. 2015. "Seasonal trends of ACSPO VIIRS SST product characterized by the differences in orbital overlaps for various water types." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VII [10.1117/12.2179731]

    Cayula, J.-F. P., D. A. May, R. A. Arnone, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2015. "Evaluation of VIIRS SST fields through the analysis of overlap regions between consecutive orbits." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VII [10.1117/12.2179606]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2014. "Estimating sea surface salinity in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico using visible channels on SNPP-VIIRS." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053417]

    Arnone, R., R. Vandermeulen, S. D. Ladner, et al. J. Bowers, P. Martinolich, G. Fargion, and M. Ondrusek. 2014. "Sensitivity of calibration gains to ocean color processing in coastal and open waters using ensembles members for NPP-VIIRS." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053409]

    Bowers, J., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, et al. G. S. Fargion, A. Lawson, P. Martinolich, and R. Vandermeulen. 2014. "Regional vicarious gain adjustment for coastal VIIRS products." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053187]

    Cayula, J.-F. P., R. A. Arnone, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2014. "Comparison of VIIRS SST fields obtained from differing SST equations applied to a region covering the northern Gulf of Mexico and western North Atlantic." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053435]

    Ladner, S. D., R. Arnone, R. A. Vandermeulen, et al. P. Martinolich, A. Lawson, J. Bowers, R. Crout, M. Ondrusek, and G. Fargion. 2014. "Inter-satellite comparison and evaluation of Navy SNPP VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color properties." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring VI [10.1117/12.2053060]

    Vandermeulen, R. A., R. Arnone, S. Ladner, and P. Martinolich. 2013. "Improved monitoring of bio-optical processes in coastal and inland waters using high spatial resolution channels on SNPP-VIIRS sensor." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V [10.1117/12.2018108]

    Arnone, R., S. Ladner, G. Fargion, et al. P. Martinolich, R. A. Vandermeulen, J. Bowers, and A. Lawson. 2013. "Monitoring bio-optical processes using NPP-VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color products." Ocean Sensing and Monitoring V [10.1117/12.2018180]

    Vandermeulen, R. A. 2011. "Factors Influencing the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Primary Productivity and Community Respiration in the Mississippi Coastal Estuarine Region." University of Southern Mississippi Thesis

    Arellano, A., N. Briggs, F. Cao, et al. H. Chen, A. Dave, C. Goyens, F. Henderikx-Freitas, C. Kearney, M. Kheireddine, S. Mishra, A. Neeley, M. Omand, L. Powers, A. Reisinger, S. Rivero, B. Russel, B. Seegers, and R. A. Vandermeulen. 2011. "Portfolio of Measurement, Processing, and Analysis Techniques for Optical Oceanography Data." U. Maine Ocean Optics Course 2011 Report

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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