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Annette DeCharon

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Annette DeCharon

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Annette DeCharon



Darling Center
193 Clarks Cove Road 
Walpole, ME  04573


M.S., Oceanography, Oregon State University, 1988

Research interests

My principal line of research is using multimedia and other techniques to illustrate key connections with special emphasis on the ocean-climate system.  I am Director of Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) -Ocean Systems, one of several Centers across the U.S.  We have developed the Concept-Linked integrated Media Builder (CLIMB) to create online "concept maps" in a collaborative manner.  I am also the Communications and Public Engagement lead for the NASA Aquarius sea surface salinity mission.


  • deCharon, A., C. Companion, L. Taylor and R. Cope. 2015. Sharing the Importance of Ocean Salinity Beyond the Science Community. Oceanography, Vol. 28(1), 134-141.
  • deCharon, A., L. Smith, and C. Companion. 2015. Characterizing Complex Marine Systems & Technology Using Visualized Vocabularies. Marine Technology Society Journal 49(4): 53-63,
  • deCharon, A. and D. Le Vine. 2014. Aquarius: Two and a Half Years and Going Strong. The Earth Observer 26(1): 5-11.
  • Vazquez, J. and A. deCharon. 2014. Measuring Salinity from Space. Journal of Ocean Technology 8(4): 90-91.
  • deCharon, A. 2014. Use of Concept Mapping to Support Scientists’ Critical Thinking in Cases on Teaching Critical Thinking through Visual Representation and Mind Mapping Strategies, L. Shedletsky and J. Beaudry, eds. 466-493. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5816-5.ch018.
  • Girguis, P., A. deCharon, and C. Herren. 2013. Capitalizing on Expertise in Marine Education and Outreach to Broaden Impacts. Current: Journal of Marine Education 28(3): 39-40.
  • Lagerloef, G., A. deCharon, and E. Lindstrom. 2013. Ocean Salinity and the Aquarius/SAC-D Mission: A New Frontier in Ocean Remote Sensing. Marine Technology Society Journal 47(5): 26-30.
  • deCharon, A. 2012. Aquarius: One Year After Launch. The Earth Observer 24(4):4-9.
  • deCharon, A., L. Duguay, J. McDonnell, C. Peach, C. Companion, C. Herren, P. Harcourt, T. Repa, C. Ferraro, P. Kwon, S. Lichtenwalner, E. Simms, and L. Whitley. 2013. Concept mapping workshops: Helping ocean scientists represent and communicate science. Oceanography 26(1):98–105,
  • deCharon, A. 2010. Aquarius: A Brief (Recent) History of an International Effort. The Earth Observer 22 (4):4-5.
  • deCharon, A. 2010. Seeking Salt: NASA Aquarius to Fill Void in Ocean-Climate Understanding. The Earth Scientist: Journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association 26(1), 14-16.
  • deCharon, A. 2010. COSEE-Ocean Systems: Collaborative mapping to clarify concepts in ocean observing. The Earth Scientist: Journal of the National Earth Science Teachers Association 26(1):29-30.
  • deCharon, A., J. Albright, C. Herren, A.H. Cline, and J. T. Repa. 2009. Online tools help get scientists and educators on the same page. Eos Transactions AGU 90(34):289–290.
  • Lagerloef, G., F. Colomb, D. Le Vine, F. Wentz, S. Yueh, C. Ruf, J. Lilly, J. Gunn, Y. Chao, A. deCharon, G. Feldman and C. Swift. 2008. The Aquarius / SAC-D Mission: Designed to meet the salinity remote-sensing challenge, Oceanography 21(1):68-81.
  • Strang, C., A. deCharon, and S. Schoedinger. 2007. Can you be science literate without being ocean literate? Current: The Journal of Marine Education 23(1):7-10.
  • deCharon, A. 2007. COSEE-Ocean Systems. Current: The Journal of Marine Education 23(1):41.
  • deCharon, A., S. Etheridge, T. Wysor, and M. Sieracki. 2006. HAB outreach using multimedia: integrating ocean research and education. African Journal of Marine Science 28(2):57-60.
  • Gilmore, M., G. Collins, L. Crumpler, J. Cutts, A. deCharon, J. Head, K. Nock, M. Parry, and R. Yingst. 2005. Investigation of the application of aerobot technology at Venus. Acta Astronautica 56: 477-494.
  • deCharon, A. and Sieracki, M. 2003. Phytopia: Discovery of the Marine Ecosystem CD-ROM.
  • Digby, S., A. deCharon, L. Fu, M. Hardin, A. Hayashi, W. Patzert and V. Zlotnicki. 1999. El Niño - A TOPEX/POSEIDON Perspective. Backscatter 10:33-37.
  • Bindschadler, D., A. deCharon, K. Beratan, S. Smrekar, J. Head. 1992. Magellan Observations of Alpha Regio: Implications for Formation of Complex Ridged Terrains on Venus. Journal of Geophysical Research 97(E):13563 - 13577.
  • Saunders, R., A. Spear, P. Allin, R. Austin, A. Berman, R. Chandlee, J. Clark, A. deCharon, E. M. De Jong, D. G. Griffith, J. M. Gunn, S. Hensley, W. T. K. Johnson, C. E. Kirby, K. S. Leung, D. T. Lyons, G. A. Michaels, J. Miller, R. B. Morris, A. D. Morrison, R. G. Piereson, J. F. Scott, S. J. Shaffer, J. P. Slonski, E. R. Stofan, T. W. Thompson, and S. D. Wall. 1992. Magellan Mission Summary. J. of Geophysical Research Planets 97(E8):13067-13090.
  • Senske, D., D. Campbell, J. Head, P. Fisher, P. Hine, A. deCharon, S. Frank, S. Keddie, K. Roberts, E. Stofan, J. Aubele, L. Crumpler and N. Stacy. 1991. Geology and tectonics of the Themis Regio-Lavinia Planitia-Alpha Regio-Lada Terra Area, Venus: Results from Arecibo Image Data. Earth, Moon, and Planets 55, 97-161.
  • Applegate, B., R. Brinkhurst, D. Butterfield, J. Cowen, A. DeBoise, A. deCharon, R. Embley, R. Feely, C. Fox, J. Franklin, S. Hammond, P. Johnson, I. Jonasson, A. Malahoff, G. Massoth, R. McDuff, D. McHugh, K. Murphy, V. Tunnicliffe, M. van Heeswijk, and K. Wilson. 1986. ASHES Expedition: Pisces IV submersible exploration of a high temperature vent field in the caldera of Axial volcano, Juan de Fuca Ridge. Eos Transactions AGU 67:1027.

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