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Jorge Sarmiento
Jorge Sarmiento

George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and Geological Engineering, Professor of Geosciences
Director, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

B.A. in Chemistry, Swarthmore College, 1968
M.A. in Geology, Columbia University, 1974
M.Ph. in Geology, Columbia University, 1976
Ph.D. in Geology, Columbia University, 1978

Room: 306A Forrestal Campus Sayre Hall
Phone: 609-258-6585

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Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Summer 1993 H. Burr Steinbach Visiting Scholar, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • 1994-1995 Visiting Professor, Physikalisches Institut, Universität Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • 1998-1999 Bourse a haut-Niveau from the French Minister of Science
  • 2003 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2004 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2009 Roger Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union
  • 2009 named George J. Magee Professor of Geoscience and GeologicalEngineering, Professor of Geosciences

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute


  • AOS578/GEO578 Chemical Oceanography
  • GEO202 Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate


Research Interests

Dr. Sarmiento's primary research interests are in the oceanic cycles of climatically important chemicals such as carbon dioxide, and in the use of chemical tracers to study ocean circulation. He has published widely on ocean tracers and the ocean carbon cycle, its history, its ongoing and potential future perturbations by mankind, and its relationship to climate change. Ongoing research includes the use of ocean general circulation models to estimate uptake of anthropogenic CO2, and the use of atmospheric general circulation models constrained with atmospheric CO2 observations to estimate transport of CO2 in the atmosphere. He is working in conjunction with ocean biologists to develop ecosystem models for predicting photosynthetic uptake of carbon in the surface ocean, as well as remineralization of organic matter in the deep ocean.

Dr. Sarmiento has participated in the scientific planning and execution of many of the large scale multi-institutional and international oceanographic biogeochemical and tracer programs of the last two decades, including the Geochemical Ocean Sections Study program, the Transient Tracers in the Oceans program, and the South Atlantic Ventilation Experiment. He is active in the ongoing World Ocean Circulation Experiment, Joint Global Ocean Flux Study, and International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. He served on the Climate Research Committee and Committee on Oceanic Carbon of the National Research Council, as well as on the Advisory Committee of Ocean Sciences of the National Science Foundation. He was on the editorial board of the Journal of Marine Research, Climate Dynamics, and Global Biogeochemical Cycles.

Updated: December 8, 2017