National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory

Physical Oceanography Division

Renellys C. Perez (Ph.D.)


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Miami, FL 33149, USA
Phone: (305) 361-4518
Renellys.C.Perez "at"

Research Interests

  • Investigating processes that influence ocean currents (from the sea surface down to the seafloor) and their role in redistributing heat, salt, and carbon around the planet

Current Work

  • Characterizing the variability of currents in the the South Atlantic ocean and their impact on regional processes and climate
  • Characterizing the variability of the global overturning circulation in the South Atlantic, and its impact on variability in the North Atlantic, and its impact on regional and global climate
  • Examining how sea level pressure changes over the central North Pacific can be a precursor or trigger for El Nino events
  • Examining tropical Atlantic currents and how they are affected by winds, waves, and warming/cooling events

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kersale, M., R. C. Perez, S. Speich, C. S. Meinen, T. Lamont, M. Le Henaff, M. A. van den Berg, S. Majumder, I. J. Ansorge, S. Dong, C. Schmid, T. Terre, and S. L. Garzoli, 2018: Shallow and Deep Eastern Boundary Currents in the South Atlantic at 34.5S: Mean structure and variability. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res.

Bourles, B., M. Araujo, M. J. McPhaden, P. Brandt, G. R. Foltz, R. Lumpkin, H. Giordani, F. Hernandez, N. Lefevre, P. Nobre, E. Campos, R. Saravanan, J. Trotte-Duha, M. Dengler, J. Hahn, R. Hummels, J. F. Lubbecke, M. Rouault, L. Cotrim, A. Sutton, M. Jochum, and R. C. Perez, 2018: PIRATA: A sustained observing system for tropical Atlantic climate research and forecasting. Submitted to Earth and Space Sciences.

Inoue, R., R.-C. Lien, J. N. Moum, R. C. Perez, and M. C. Gregg, 2018: Variations of equatorial shear, stratification, and turbulence within a tropical instability wave cycle. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res.

Meinen, C. S., S. Speich, A. R. Piola, I. Ansorge, E. Campos, M. Kersale, T. Terre, M. P. Chidichimo, T. Lamont, O. T. Sato, R. C. Perez, D. Valla, M. van den Berg, M. Le Henaff, S. Dong, and S. L. Garzoli, 2018: Meridional Overturning Circulation transport variability at 34.5íS during 2009-2017: Baroclinic and barotropic flows and the dueling influence of the boundaries. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2018GL077408.

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.