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Alberto Naveira Garabato
Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato
University of Southampton
My research seeks to understand how small- and mesoscale turbulent processes determine the large-scale ocean circulation and the oceanic transport of climatically significant tracers, such as heat and carbon dioxide. Small- and mesoscale flows contain the bulk of the ocean’s kinetic energy and, because of their turbulent nature, are very efficient in mixing and transporting momentum and tracers. Thus, models of the ocean circulation and climate require representation of the large-scale effects of small- and mesoscale flows which, to be physically sound, must be underpinned by dynamical understanding. Attaining this understanding is the primary goal of my work.
My personal take on the problem is based on the observation of small- and mesoscale flows and the quantification of their large-scale effects, via one of two approaches: (1) developing novel theoretical techniques to extract information on mixing processes from standard oceanographic measurements; and (2) acquiring direct measurements of mixing using innovative technology. I am especially interested in exploiting and advancing the UK's booming marine robotic systems technology to address key problems of ocean dynamics involving flows on scales that have to date been unresolvable. These problems range from the ocean surface boundary layer's response to atmospheric forcing to the oceanic melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet, both of which are regulated by complex turbulent processes.