Dr. Stephan D. Howden

Associate Professor

  • Impacts of fresh water input into the coastal ocean
  • Hydrographic Science
  • Remote sensing of the oceans and atmosphere
  • Application of satellite data for oceanographic and earth system studies
  • Western boundary currents
  • General ocean circulation
  • Earth climate system



  • Classical Geodesy (HYD 600): Fundamentals of geodesy, coordinate systems, and map projections as applied to topographic features covered by the world oceans.
  • Water Levels (HYD 612): Theory and measurements of tidal and non-tidal water levels for hydrographic applications.


Selected Publications

Carmichael, R. H., W. M. Graham, G. Worthy, S. Howden. (2012). Were Multiple Stressors a ‘Perfect Storm’ for Northern Gulf of Mexico Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncates) in 2011? PLoS ONE 7(7): e41155. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041155.

Howden, S. D., D. Barrick and H. Aguilar. Applications of High Frequency Radar for Emergency Response in the Coastal Ocean: Utilization of the Central Gulf of Mexico Ocean Observing System during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Vessel Tracking, in Ocean Sensing and Monitoring III, edited by Weilin W. Hou, Robert Arnone, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 8030 (SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 2011) doi: 10.117/12.884047.

Harlan, J., E. Terrill, L. Hazard, C. Keen, D. Barrick, C. Whelan, S. Howden and J. Kohut (2010). The Integrated Ocean Observing System High-Frequency Radar Network: Status and Local, Regional, and National Applications, Marine Technology Journal, 44, pp 122-132.

Maisonet, V.J., J. Wesson, D. Burrage, S. Howden (2010). Measuring Coastal Sea-Surface Salinity of the Louisiana Shelf From Aerially Observed Ocean Color, OCEANS 2009, MTS/IEEE Biloxi, pages 1-4, Publication date: 1 March 2010

L. C. Bender III, S. D. Howden, D. Dodd, N. L. Guinasso Jr. (2010): Wave Heights During Hurricane Katrina: An Evaluation of PPP and PPK Measurements of the Vertical Displacement of the GPS Antenna, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, pp. 1760-1768: 10.1175/2010JTECHO761.1

L. C. Bender III, N. L. Guinasso Jr., J. N. Walpert, S. D. Howden (2010): Comparison of Methods for Determining Significant Wave Heights—Applied to a 3-m Discus Buoy during Hurricane Katrina, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Volume 27, Issue 6 (June 2010) pp. 1012-1028
doi: 10.1175/2010JTECHO724.1

Wesson, J., D. Burrage, C. Osburn, V. Maisonet and X. Chen (2008). Aircraft and In Situ Salinity and Ocean Color Measurements and Comparisons in the Gulf of Mexico. IGARSS 2008, July 8-11, 2008, Boston, MA, USA, Proceedings: 01/2008.

Burrage, D. M., J. C. Wesson, D. W. Wang, S. D. Howden (2007), Airborne Passive Microwave Measurements of Sea Surface Salinity, Temperature and Roughness, and Implications for Satellite Salinity Retrieval, IEEE IGARRS 23-27 July, 2007 Barcelona, Spain.

Howden, S. D.,  D. Gilhousen, N. Guinasso, J. Walpert, M. Sturgeon and Les Bender (2007): Hurricane Katrina winds measured by a buoy mounted sonic anemometer. J. Atmos. and Oceanic Tech, 25,(4), pp. 607-616.

Dodd, D. S. Bisnath, and S. Howden (2006): Implementation of Ionosphere and Troposphere Models for High-Precision GPS Positioning of a Buoy During Hurricane Katrina.  Proceedings of the 19th International technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation ION GNSS, p 2006-2016, 26-29 September, 2006 Fort Worth, Texas.