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About Don P. Chambers

Dr. Chambers specializes in using satellite observations such as radar altimetry and satellite gravimetry to better understand ocean dynamics. Prior to coming to USF, he was a Research Scientist at the Center for Space Research at UT-Austin. His primary research focus is quantifying and understanding sea level variability, especially low frequency fluctuations related to climate change. He in interested in all the dynamical processes that cause sea level change, including ocean circulation, ocean heat storage, ocean mass redistribution, and influx of fresh water from the continents and ice sheets.
Dr. Chambers has been a member of several NASA satellite Science Teams, including TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1, and is currently a member of the NASA Ocean Surface Topography and GRACE Science Teams.


Present Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of South Florida

Research Interests


2020 - 2024 Determining Decadal Variability in Deep Ocean Currents from GRACE and GRACE Follow-on
Role: PI
2020 - 2024 Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Impact of Short-Timescale Variability on Local, Regional and Global Sea Level Change
Role: Co-I
2020 - 2023 Understanding Surface Wave Signals in SWOT Altimetry
Role: PI
2020 - 2021 Analysis of kinetic energy from altimeter data
Role: PI
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member, AGU Geodesy Section Fellows & Awards Committee
2014 - Present Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans
Present Member, CMS Dean’s Advisory Committee
Present Member, CMS Honors and Awards Committee, USF
Present Chair, CMS Space Committee, USF
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Honors and Awards

  • 2018, University of South Florida Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2017, elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union: “For outstanding contributions to sea level research and ocean dynamics using satellite observations.”
  • 2013, Geodesy Section Bowie Lecture, American Geophysical Union: “Using Geodesy to Better Understand Ocean Dynamics”
  • 2003, NASA Group Achievement Award for Jason-1 Project Team


1996 Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
1990 B.S., University of Texas at Austin

Contact Information

Phone: (727) 553-3351


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