James J. Bisagni, Ph.D.

James J. BisagniProfessor

Physics Department
School for Marine Science & Technology
Intercampus Graduate School of Marine Science & Technology

Contact information

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  • Phone:  508.999.8359 (Physics) / 508.910.6328 (SMAST)
  • Fax:  508.999.8197
  • Office:  Group II - 203E (Physics) / Room 208 (SMAST)

Areas of interest

  • Remote Sensing of Sea Surface Temperature, Ocean Color, and Sea Height
  • Coastal Physical Oceanography
  • Physical-Biological Interactions in the Ocean
  • Air-Sea Interaction
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Distributed Data Systems


  • Ph.D. Oceanography - University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography - 1991
  • M.S. Oceanography - University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography - 1976
  • B.S. Geoology & Mathematics - State University of New York at Stony Brook - 1972

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Research expertise

Dr. Bisagni's research interests include using remotely-sensed, satellite-derived measurements of sea surface temperature (SST) and ocean color (phytoplankton and turbidity) to determine coupling between physical and biological oceanographic processes. More specifically, his current research involves application of these data types for improved management and forecasting of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and the Northern Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) off the east coast of the United States under National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research grants. Results from these projects have included production of a new, daily, high- resolution SST climatology for a large region covering all waters located off the east coast of the United States and Canada, from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Labrador Sea.

Under National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, other physical, chemical, and biological data sets will be combined with these same satellite-derived data to examine the physical oceanography of Georges Bank and nutrient fluxes onto the Bank in order to estimate interannual variations in primary production and energy flow. Additional NSF funding is examining the use of Internet2 for distribution and use of these same satellitederived data. Funding for these projects total over $500,000 and currently support two graduate students, a research associate, and two NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate students (summer 2003). Professional papers describing the work have been presented at recent national meetings and workshops sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (February and December 2002) along with three current peerreviewed publications appearing in Continental Shelf Research and Journal of Geophysical Research. Papers have been presented by Dr. Bisagni's graduate students and research associate as posters at the annual UMass Dartmouth Sigma Xi Research Exhibition, Spring 2003.