RYAN A VANDERMEULEN

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

    Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR)

    Lead in the development of novel algorithms and ocean color data products for GLIMR. Responsible for conducting pre- and post-launch data analysis including instrument performance and uncertainty analysis for diurnal radiometric measurements from geostationary platform. Participation in field validation activities including the analysis of rates of change in bio-optical and radiometric quantities, as well as primary production and respiration.

    Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE)

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

    NASA/IOCCG Aquatic Primary Productivity Protocol

    Over two dozen active investigators with experience in conducting field, laboratory, and remote sensing measurements of aquatic primary productivity are working jointly in the development of a set of community consensus protocols for carrying out in situ measurements of primary productivity and related parameters for model development and validation.

    Phytoplankton Library of Optical Properties

    Development of optical and pigment fingerprint libraries from over 50 cultured samples at various concentrations, growth irradiances, temperatures, CO2 concentrations for development of PFT algorithms.

    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 Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission as well as the Geostationary Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) mission. Development of novel algorithms and ocean color data products in support of the PACE/GLIMR missions. Investigation of the impacts of relevant spectral, spatial, and temporal sampling intervals as well as signal-to-noise on characterizing bio-geochemical constituents with different sensor designs.

    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)

    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)

    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

    Vandermeulen, R. A., A. Mannino, S. E. Craig, and P. J. Werdell. 2020. "150 shades of green: Using the full spectrum of remote sensing reflectance to elucidate color shifts in the ocean." Remote Sensing of Environment, 247: 111900 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.111900]

    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]

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

    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., 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]

    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

    Vandermeulen, R. A., A. Mannino, S. E. Craig, and P. J. Werdell. 2020. "150 shades of green: Using the full spectrum of remote sensing reflectance to elucidate color shifts in the ocean." Remote Sensing of Environment 247 111900 [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2020.111900]

    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]

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

    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., 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]

    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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