Richard Stumpf, PhD

NCCOS Program Office and Headquarters
HAB Forecasting

Stumpf leads NOAA’s efforts to translate forecasts of harmful algal blooms from research to operations. He also tries to make satellites useful for coastal environmental problems, such as figuring out how deep the water is and finding pond scum.

Stumpf has over thirty years of experience in coastal oceanography, with particular interest in harmful algal blooms. He develops methods to use satellite data and modeling to understand coastal eutrophication, habitat change, shallow bathymetry, and algal bloom monitoring and forecasting. He received a B.A. degree in the Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Marine Studies from the University of Delaware.


NCCOS delivers ecosystem science solutions for stewardship of the nation’s ocean and coastal resources to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies.

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