National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division

Renellys C. Perez

Associate Scientist

Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
University of Miami
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Miami, FL 33149, USA
Phone: (305) 361-4518
Renellys.C.Perez "at"

Research Interests

  • Investigating processes that influence upper ocean currents (from the near-surface down to 1000 m) and their role in ocean-atmosphere heat exchange

Current Work

  • Characterizing the variability of the South Atlantic subtropical gyre
  • Characterizing the variability of the upper and lower limbs of the meridional overturning circulation in the South Atlantic, and linkages to the North Atlantic
  • Examining how sea level pressure changes over the central North Pacific can trigger El Nino events
  • Examining how the equatorial Atlantic and Pacific circulation is modified by the presence of strong cold tongue fronts and equatorially trapped waves

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Campos, E. J. D., C. S. Meinen, R. C. Perez, S. Dong, C. Schmid, S. Majumder, A. R. Piola, S. L. Garzoli, G. J. Goni, S. Speich, and I. Ansorge, 2017: Meridional transports across 34.5S from models and observations. Submitted to J. Clim.

Meinen, C. S., S. L. Garzoli, R. C. Perez, E. Campos, A. R. Piola, S. Dong, M.-P. Chidichimo, and O. Sato, 2017: Characteristics and causes of Deep Western Boundary Current variability at 34.5S during 2009-2014. Ocean Science, 13, 175-194, doi:10.5194/os-13-175-2017.

Rugg, A., G. R. Foltz, and R. C. Perez, 2016: Role of mixed layer dynamics in tropical North Atlantic interannual sea surface temperature variability. J. Clim., 29, 8083-8101, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0867.1.

Elipot, S., R. Lumpkin, R. C. Perez, J. M. Lilly, J. Early, and A. Sykulski, 2016: A global surface drifter dataset at hourly resolution. J. Geophys. Res., 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011716.

Lumpkin, R., L. Centurioni, and R. C. Perez, 2016: Assessing the global drifter array: Observing system requirements. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 33, 685-695, doi://10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0255.1.

Anderson, B. T., and R. C. Perez, 2015: ENSO and Non-ENSO induced charging and discharging of the equatorial Pacific. Clim. Dyn., 45, 2309-2327, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2472-x.

Garzoli, S. L., S. Dong, R. Fine, C. Meinen, R. C. Perez, C. Schmid, E. van Sebille, and Q. Yao: The fate of the Deep Western Boundary Current in the South Atlantic. Deep Sea Res., 103, 125-136, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.05.008.

Perez, R. C., M. O. Baringer, S. Dong, S. L. Garzoli, M. Goes, G. J. Goni, R. Lumpkin, C. S. Meinen, R. Msadek, and U. Rivero: Measuring the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Mar. Tech. Soc. Journal, 49(2), 167-177, doi:10.4031/MTSJ.49.2.14. Please note: This article is for personal use only, and is not to be distributed in any format.

Johns, E. M., B. A. Muhling, R. C. Perez, F. E. Muller-Karger, N. Melo, R. H. Smith, J. T. Lamkin, T. L. Gerard, and E. Malca, 2014: Amazon River water in the northeastern Caribbean Sea and its effect on larval reef fish assemblages during April 2009. Fisheries Oceanogr., 23, 472-494, doi:10.1111/fog.12082.

Perez, R. C., V. Hormann, R. Lumpkin, P. Brandt, W. E. Johns, F. Hernandez, C. Schmid, and B. Bourles, 2014. Mean meridional currents in the central and eastern equatorial Atlantic. Clim. Dyn., 43, 2943-2962, doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1968-5.

Anderson, B. T., R. C. Perez, A. Karspeck, 2013. Triggering of El Nino onset through the trade wind-induced charging of the equatorial Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1212-1216, doi:10.1002/grl.50200.

Garzoli, S. L., M. O. Baringer, S. Dong, R. C. Perez, Q. Yao, 2013. South Atlantic meridional fluxes. Deep Sea Res. I, 71, 21-32, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2012.09.003.

Goes, M., G. J. Goni, V. Hormann, and R. C. Perez, 2013. Variability of the Atlantic off-equatorial eastward currents during 1993-2010 using a synthetic method. J. Geophys. Res., 118, 3026-3045, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20186.

Hormann, V., R. Lumpkin, and R. C. Perez, 2013. A generalized method for estimating the structure of the equatorial Atlantic cold tongue: Application to drifter observations. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 30, 1884-1895, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-12-00173.1.

Meinen, C. S., S. Speich, R. C. Perez, S. Dong, A. R. Piola, S. L. Garzoli, M. Baringer, S. Gladyshev, and E. Campos, 2013: Temporal variability of the meridional overturning circulation at 34.5S: Preliminary results from two boundary arrays in the South Atlantic. J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6461-6478, doi:10.1002/2013JC009228.

Meinen, C. S., A. Piola, R. C. Perez, and S. L. Garzoli, 2012. Deep Western Boundary Current transport variability in the South Atlantic: Preliminary results from a pilot array at 34.5S. Ocean Science, 8, 1041-1054, doi:10.5194/os-8-1041-2012.

Perez, R. C., C. F. Lumpkin, W. E. Johns, G. Foltz, V. Hormann, 2012. Interannual variations of Atlantic tropical instability waves. J. Geophys. Res., 117, C03011, doi:10.1029/2011JC007584.

Perez, R. C., S. L. Garzoli, C. S. Meinen, R. P. Matano, 2011. Geostrophic Velocity Measurement Techniques for the Meridional Overturning Circulation and Meridional Heat Transport in the South Atlantic. J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech., 28, 1504-1521, doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-11-00058.1.

Perez, R. C., M. F. Cronin, and W. S. Kessler, 2010. Tropical cells and a secondary circulation near the northern front of the equatorial Pacific cold tongue. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40(9), 2091-2106, doi:10.1175/2010JPO4366.1.

Perez, R. C., and W. S. Kessler, 2009. The three-dimensional structure of tropical cells in the central equatorial Pacific ocean. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39(1), 27-49, doi:10.1175/2008JPO4029.1.

Perez, R. C., D. B. Chelton, and R. N. Miller, 2005. The effects of wind forcing and background mean currents on the latitudinal structure of equatorial Rossby waves. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 35(5), 666-682, doi:10.1175/JPO2714.1.


Danabasoglu, G., M. F. de Jong, A. Karspeck, M. Lankhorst, M. Patterson, R. Perez, A. Schmittner, W. Weijer, S. Yeager, and R. Zhang, 2016: 2016 US AMOC Science Team Report on Progress and Priorities. A US CLIVAR Report, Report 2016-4, 178pp., doi:10.5072/FK2125WB5P.

Danabasoglu, G., R. Curry, A. Karspeck, C. Meinen, R. Msadek, M. Patterson, R. Perez, A. Schmittner, L. Thompson, and S. Yeager, 2015: 2014 US AMOC Science Team Annual Report on Progress and Priorities. Report 2015-1, US CLIVAR Project Office, 165 pp.

Ansorge, I. J., M. O. Baringer, E. J. D. Campos, S. Dong, R. A. Fine, S. L. Garzoli, C. S. Meinen, R. C. Perez, A. R. Piola, M. J. Roberts, S. Speich, J. Sprintall, T. Terre, M. A. Van de Berg, 2014: Basin-Wide Oceanographic Array Bridges the South Atlantic. EOS, 95, 53-54, doi:10.1002/2014EO060001.

Perez, R. C., 2014: Autobiographical sketches of women in oceanography. Oceanography Supplement, 27(7), 186.

Garzoli, S., P. Abrahamsen, I. Ansorge, A. Biastoch, E. Campos, M. Mata, C. Meinen, J. Pelegri, R. Perez, A. Piola, C. Reason, M. Roberts, S. Speich, J. Sprintall, R. Watts, and all of the SAMOC IV participants, 2012. South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC) - Fourth Workshop. CLIVAR Exchanges, No. 58, pp. 2-4 (Unpublished manuscript).

Thompson, L., R. C. Perez, and A. E. Shevenell, 2011. Closed ranks in oceanography. Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1113.

Thompson, L., R. C. Perez, and A. E. Shevenell, 2011. Reply to "Not just family matters". Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/ngeo1165.