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Alfredo Aretxabaleta

Alfredo Aretxabaleta

Guest Investigator

Physical Oceanography

Office Phone: +1 508 289 2533

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


I have a B.S. degree in Marine Sciences (1998) from the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences (Physical Oceanography) from the UNC Chapel Hill (2005). I worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Marine Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill (2006). Then I was a post-doctoral investigator at AOPE-WHOI (2007). While currently working at the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar - CSIC in Barcelona, Spain, I am at WHOI as a guest investigator.

Research Statement

I am a Physical Oceanographer studying coastal and open- ocean processes both from an observational and a modeling perspective. My main interest is the study of baroclinic processes, such as frontal circulation, that control the dispersion and retention in the coastal ocean. A second emphasis is on the salinity effect on upper ocean structure and its implications on processes such as stirring. Some of the tools used for this work include numerical ocean models and data assimilation. My previous work includes: 1) studying the retention of passive particles (e.g., larval fish) in the southern flank of Georges Bank; 2) developing a nowcast/forecast system as part of SEACOOS (, a coastal ocean observing and prediction system); 3) tracking the transport and retention of Alexandrium fundyense populations in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy as part of a scientific project led by Dr. Dennis McGillicuddy (AOPE-WHOI); 4) validating the surface salinity products provided by the SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) satellite mission.