Robert Key

Research Oceanographer, Princeton University
SOCCOM Data Coordinator
Office Phone
Princeton University, 401 Sayre Hall, Princeton NJ 08544


Large-scale ocean circulation and global climate change, marine geochemistry and biogeochemistry


Robert M. Key, Research Oceanographer at Princeton University, has been heavily involved with large scale biogeochemical and tracer observation programs since 1980, including the U.S. sponsored Transient Tracers in the Ocean (TTO), South Atlantic Ventilation Experiment (SAVE), World Ocean Circulation Experiment (WOCE), Joint Ocean Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) and, most recently, Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) programs as well as the international North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and the European Union CarboOcean and CarboChange programs. He played a very active role in bothsample measurement and data organization, collection and analysis. Measurement activities included U/Th species during the 1980s, radiocarbon during the 1990s and 2000s, in collaboration with National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometer facility at WHOI, and open ocean carbon system measurements during WOCE. As a data coordinator he led the effort to produce the first global scale open ocean database suitable for biogeochemical investigations (Global Ocean Data Analysis Project, GLODAP), the E.U. follow-up (Carbon in the North Atlantic, CARINA) and participated in the Japanese led PACIFICA construction. Current efforts include production of the next version of GLODAP. Research areas include anthropogenic carbon, large scale ocean circulation and ventilation, decadal climate change and biogeochemical investigations at large spacial scale.

Dr. Key will serve as data manager for this project and be directly involved in scientific data analysis with special emphasis on decadal scale biogeochemical change