Eric Lindstrom
Eric Lindstrom
Governing Council

Senior Scientist Saildrone

Dr. Eric Lindstrom is the new Chief Scientist with Saildrone. For the past 22 years Dr. Lindstrom served as the Physical Oceanography Program Scientist in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. working with the QuikSCAT, Jason-2, Jason-3, SWOT, and Aquarius satellite missions as well as leading the Earth Science Division Climate Focus Area. Dr. Lindstrom retired from NASA at the end of November 2019 and joined the Saildrone team in December 2019. In his role with NASA Dr. Lindstrom served as co-chair of the international Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee and co-chair of the US Interagency Ocean Observations Committee (IOOC). As chair of the Ocean Observation Panel for Climate, he helped establish a web site of ocean climate indices, and as co-chair of the Task Team for an Integrated Framework for Sustained Ocean Observations, he created guidelines for system development entitled “The Framework for Ocean Observing.” He has degrees in Earth and Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1977) and Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington (1983). His scientific interests include the circulation of the ocean and air-sea exchange processes and include extensive experience in both sea-going oceanography and remote sensing. In 2013, he received the American Geophysical Union Ocean Sciences Award for leadership and service to the ocean science community.