Colleen B. Mouw

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

  • Ph.D. Oceanography, University of Rhode Island


Dr. Mouw's research focuses on understanding physical and chemical drivers of biological variability in aquatic systems.  Her laboratory characterizes optical variability of aquatic water bodies necessary for algorithm development/evaluation and refinement leading to novel satellite products and improvement of product performance in optically complex systems. She works across a spectrum of spatial scales including inland lakes, Great Lakes and oceans.  Her laboratory uses a variety of aquatic satellite products and in situ observations to understand the response of aquatic systems to environmental change in oceans and lakes.

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Oceanography and Limnology
  • Aquatic optics and remote sensing
  • Development of novel aquatic satellite products
  • Aquatic biogeochemical processes
  • Phytoplankton ecology
  • Response of aquatic systems to environmental change

Recent Publications

  • Trochta, J.T., C.B. Mouw, and T. Moore (2015) Remote sensing of physical cycles in Lake Superior using a spatial-temporal analysis of optical water typologies. Remote Sensing of Environment, 171: 149-161, Read More
  • Dutkiewicz, S., A.E. Hickman, O. Jahn, W.W. Gregg, C. B. Mouw, M. Follows (2015) Capturing optically important constituents and properties in a marine biogeochemical and ecosystem model, Biogeosciences, 12, 4447-4481, doi:10.5194/bg-12-4447-2015. Read More
  • Mouw, C.B., S. Greb, D. Aurin, P. DiGiacomo, Z. Lee, M. Twardowski, C. Binding, C. Hu, R. Ma, T. Moore, W. Moses, S. Craig (2015) Aquatic color radiometry remote sensing of coastal and inland waters: challenges and recommendations for future satellite missions, Remote Sensing of Environment, 160: 15-30, 10.1016/j.rse.2015.02.001. Read More
  • Bracher, A., N. Hardman-Mountford, T. Hirata, S. Bernard, R. Brewin, A. Bricaud, V. Brotas, A. Chase, A. Ciotti, J.-K. Choi, L. Clementson, E. Devred, P. DiGiacomo, C. Dupouy, W. Kim, T. Kostadinov, E. Kwiatkowska, S. Lavender, T. Moisan, C. Mouw, S. Son, H. Sosik, J. Uitz, J. Werdell, G. Zheng (2015) Phytoplankton Composition from Space: towards a validation strategy for satellite algorithms, NASA-TM-2015-217528, 40 pp. Greenbelt, MD: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Read More
  • Clem, S., S. Legg, S. Lozier, and C.B. Mouw (2014) The impact of MPOWIR – A decade of investing in mentoring women in physical oceanography. Oceanography, 27(4) supplement: 39-48. Read More
  • Brewin, R., S. Sathyendranath, A. Bricaud, A. Ciotti, E. Devred, T. Hirata, T. Kostadinov, H. Loisel, C. B. Mouw, and J. Uitz. (2014). Chapter 4. Detection of phytoplankton size structure by remote sensing, In, Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space. Sathyendranath, S. (Ed.), Reports of the International Ocean Color Coordinating Group, No. 15, IOCCG, Dartmouth, Canada. Read More
  • Sathyendranath, S., H. Sosik, J. Aiken, S. Alvain, R. Barlow, L. Clementson, N. Hardman-Mountford, T. Hirata, J. Morales, A. Nair, C. B. Mouw and V. Stuart, Chapter 1. General Introduction. (2014). In, Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space. Sathyendranath, S. (Ed.), Reports of the International Ocean Color Coordinating Group, No. 15, IOCCG, Dartmouth, Canada. Read More
  • D’Sa, E., J.I. Goes, H. Gomes, C.B. Mouw (2014) Absorption and fluorescence properties of the eastern Bering Sea in the summer with special reference to the influence of a Cold Pool, Biogeosciences, 11, 3225-3244, doi:10.5194/bg-11-3225-2014. Read More