Dr. Muller-Karger conducts research on marine primary production using satellite remote sensing, large data sets, networking, and high-speed computing. This research helps in the location and monitoring of large-scale phenomena, understanding climate control and climate change, and in the interpretation of numerical models of the ocean. The focus of his present work is to assess the importance of continental margins, including areas of upwelling, river discharge, and coral reefs in the global carbon budget, using satellites that measure ocean color and sea surface temperature. Muller-Karger dedicates significant efforts to educate K-12 teachers in the region about the use of new technologies in oceanography through targeted workshops. He was a member of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy.
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