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Marinna Martini

Electronics Engineer

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Marinna is an ocean engineer who works with USGS scientists.

Since 1986 she:  Has worked at ocean sites from 3 m to 3,000 m;  managed innovative projects such as (see;  designed the first mooring to survive a turbidity flow in Monterey Canyon; deployed tripods on Cape Hatteras, NC and Fire Island, NY in winter; is experienced with a variety of sensors which measure ocean currents, temperature, salinity, turbidity, oxygen and more; works with data logger design, programming, construction, testing, packaging and cabling for underwater deployment; processes and analyzes data in MATLAB; manages shipboard deployment operations and field logistics; manages people, and performs Government acquisition.


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Ganju, Neil K.; Dickhudt, Patrick J.; Thomas, Jennifer A.; Borden, Jonathan ; Sherwood, Christopher R.; Montgomery, Ellyn T.; Twomey, Erin R.; Martini, Marinna A., 2011. Summary of oceanographic and water–quality measurements in West Falmouth Harbor and Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 2009–2010. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1113, HTML Document [Link]

Rosenberger, Kurt ; Noble, Marlene A.; Sherwood, Christopher R.; Martini, Marinna M.; Ferreira, Joanne T.; Montgomery, Ellyn, 2011. Palos Verdes Shelf oceanographic study; data report for observations December 2007–April 2008. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1240, v, 27 p.; Figures; Appendices [Link]

Armstrong, Brandy N.; Warner, John C.; Voulgaris, George ; List, Jeffrey H.; Thieler, E. Robert; Martini, Marinna A.; Montgomery, Ellyn T., 2011. Carolinas Coastal Change Processes Project data report for observations near Diamond Shoals, North Carolina, January-May 2009. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011-1156, HTML Document; Metlab M-files Downloads; Metadata [Link]

Butman, Bradford; Alexander, P. Soupy; Bothner, Michael H.; Borden, Jonathan; Casso, Michael A.; Gutierrez, Benjamin T.; Hastings, Mary E.; Lightsom, Frances L.; Martini, Marianna A.; Montgomery, Ellyn T.; Rendigs, Richard R.; Strahle, William S., 2009. Long-Term Oceanographic Observations in Massachusetts Bay, 1989-2006. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74, Available online and on DVD-ROM [Link]

Montgomery, Ellyn T.; Martini, Marinna A.; Lightsom, Frances L.; Butman, Bradford, 2008. Documentation of the U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Measurement Database. Geological Survey (U.S.) Open-File Report 2007-1194, Available online [Link]

Sullivan, Charlene M.; Warner, John C.; Martini, Marinna A.; Voulgaris, George; Work, Paul A.; Haas, Kevin A.; Hanes, Daniel, 2006. South Carolina Coastal Erosion Study, Data Report for Observations, October 2003 - April 2004. Open-File Report 2005-1429, [Link]

Martini, Marinna; Sherwood, Chris; Horwitz, Rachel; Ramsey, Andree; Lightsom, Fran; Lacy, Jessie; Xu, Jingping, 2006. Hydratools Manual Version 1.0, Documentation for a MATLAB?-Based Post-processing Package for the Sontek Hydra. Geological Survey (U.S.) Open-File Report 2005-1026, 49 p. [Link]

Sullivan, Charlene M.; Warner, John C.; Martini, Marinna A.; Lightsom, Frances S.; Voulgaris, George; Work, Paul, 2006. Wave data processing toolbox manual. Open-File Report 2005-1211, 86 p.; CD-ROM [Link]

edited by Bothner, Michael H.; Butman, Bradford; contributing authors Alexander, P. Soupy; Blackwood, Dann S.; Borden, Jonathan; Casso, Michael A.; Crusius, John; Goudreau, Joanne; Kalnejais, Linda H.; Lamothe, Paul J.; Martin, William R.; Martini, Marinna A.; Milbert, Sandra M.; Rendigs, Richard R.; Sayles, Frederick L.; Signell, Richard P.; Valentine, Page C.; Warner, John C., 2005. Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. Open-File Report 2005-1250, Unpaginated [Link]

Butman, Bradford; Bothner, Michael H.; Alexander, P. Soupy; Lightsom, Frances L.; Martini, Marianna A.; Gutierrez, Benjamin T.; Strahle, William S., 2004. Long-Term Oceanographic Observations in Western Massachusetts Bay Offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: Data Report for 1989-2002. Geological Survey (U.S.) Data Series 74, Available online and on DVD-ROM [Link]

Butman, Bradford; Alexander, P. S.; Harris, C. K.; Traykovski, P. A.; ten Brink, M. B.; Lightsom, F. L.; Martini, M. A., 2003. Oceanographic Observations in the Hudson Shelf Valley, December 1999 - April 2000: Data Report. Open-File Report 2002-217, 1 DVD-ROM : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 4 3/4 in. [Link]

Butman, Bradford; Bothner, Michael H.; Lightsom, Frances L.; Gutierrez, Benjamin T.; Alexander, P. Soupy; Martini, Marinna A.; Strahle, William S., 2002. Long-Term Oceanographic Observations in Western Massachusetts Bay Offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: Data Report for 1989-2000. Geological Survey (U.S.) Data Series 74, 1 DVD-ROM

Cote, Jessica M.; Hotchkiss, Frances A.; Martini, Marinna; Denham, Charles R.; revisions by Ramsey, Andree L.; Ruane, Stephen, 2000. Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler Data Processing System manual [ADCP]. Open-File Report 2000-458, 73 p.; 1 CD-ROM [Link]

Martini, Marinna A.; Williams, Albert, 1993. Benthic Acoustic Stress Sensor (BASS): Electronics Check-Out Procedures. Geological Survey (U.S.) Open-File Report 93-722, 37 p. [Link]

Other selected publications:

  • Cote, J.M., Hotchkiss,F.S., Martini,M.A., Denham,C.R., and Ramsey, A.L. "Acoustic doppler current profiler data processing system manual." U.S.Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-458, Version 7.
  • Foote, K., Martini, M., Standard-target Calibration of an Acoustic Backscatter System, MTS/IEEE OCEANS '10 Seattle Conference, Seattle, WA, September 21-23, 2010, Proceedings.
  • Martini, M., Armstrong, B., Warner, J.C., "High resolution near-bed observations in winter near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina," OCEANS 2009, MTS/IEEE Biloxi - Marine Technology for Our Future: Global and Local Challenges , vol., no., pp.1-10, 26-29 Oct. 2009, URL:
  • Martini, M., Foote, K., Measurements of Echo Stability of an Acoustic Backscatter System, MTS/IEEE OCEANS '10 Seattle Conference, Seattle, WA, September 21-23, 2010, Proceedings.
  • Montgomery, E., Martini, M., Sherwood, C., USGS Sediment-Transport Investigators Calibrate Tripod-Mounted Underwater Sonars in a Large Tank at the University of New Hampshire, Soundwaves, March 2010
  • Martini, M.A., Butman, B., and Mickelson, M. "Evaluation of the long term performance of new Oxygen Sensors in Coastal Waters," Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 24, pp. 1924 1935, 2007.
  • Martini, M.; Butman, B.; Ware, J.; Frye, D., "Field Tests of Acoustic Telemetry for a Portable Coastal Observatory," OCEANS 2006 , vol., no., pp.1 6, 18 21 Sept. 2006.
  • Martini, M., A, USGS Capabilities for Studying Sediment Transport in the Ocean, Proceedings of the Federal Interagency Sediment Monitoring Instrument and Analysis Research Workshop, September 9 11, 2003, Flagstaff, Arizona, U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1276, (2005).
  • Martini, M. and Ramsey, A., Evaluation of an RDI 1200 kHz ADCP using fast ping rates to measure near bottom mean currents [abs.]. Proceedings of the IEEE/OES 7th Working Conference on Current Measurement Technology,  ISBN 0 7803 7813 X/03, p. 250, (2003).
  • Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Lightsom, F.L., Gutierrez, B.T., Martini, M.A., and Strahle, W.S. "Long term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts: data report for 1989 2000."  U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS 74, DVD ROM (2002).
  • Ware, J., Frye, D., Hogg, N., Koshi, P., Butman, B., and Martini, M. "Acoustically linked ocean observatories; initial results from three installations [abs.]."  Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, 2002 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Supplement 84, no. 4 (2002).
  • Morrison, A.T.I., Williams, J.A.I., and Martini, M., "Calibration of the BASS acoustic current meter with carrageenan agar." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES), OCEANS '93, Proceedings 3 (1993).
  • Strahle, W.J., Martini, M.A., and Davis, R.E., "Instrument packages to study long term sediment transport processes in a shallow bay." Marine Technology Society Journal (MTS), Proceedings 2, (1994).
  • Strahle, W.J., Worrilow, S.E., Fucile, P.D., and Martini, M.A., "New recording package for VACM provides sensor flexibility." Marine Technology Society Journal (MTS), Proceedings, (1994).
  • Strahle, W.J., Perez, C., and Martini, M.A., "Antifouling leaching technique for optical lenses." Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES), Proceedings, OCEANS OSATES '94 Conference, (1994).


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal ecosystems
Oceans and Coastlinescoastal zones
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine geology
Oceans and Coastlinesmarine geophysics
Oceans and Coastlinesocean characteristics
Oceans and Coastlinesocean circulation
Oceans and Coastlinesocean currents
Oceans and Coastlinesocean processes
Oceans and Coastlinesocean salinity
Oceans and Coastlinesocean temperature
Oceans and Coastlinesocean tides
Oceans and Coastlinesocean waves
Oceans and Coastlinessea-floor characteristics
Techniques and Methodscomputational methods
Techniques and Methodsfield methods
Techniques and Methodsremote sensing
Techniques and Methodsstatistical analysis

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Data Integration & Interoperability

A National Hazard, Risk, and Resilience Assessment Program

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I love challenging engineering problems.  My goal is to provide engineering services to USGS principal investigators.  My strengths are systems engineering, mooring design, field logistics and planning, MATLAB programming and embedded processor programming.

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Marinna Martini
11 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540
508-457-2313 - Fax
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