Aurpita Saha

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Research Highlights

Research Interests

Ocean-atmosphere interaction

Tropical cyclone-ocean interaction

Role of the ocean in climate and extreme weather

  • Operational oceanography
  • Ocean dynamics, global and local circulation, coastal processes

Aurpita Saha, PhD.

Postdoctoral Research Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Physical Oceanography Division 

4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

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Dr. Aurpita Saha is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Physical Oceanography Division of NOAA/AOML and CIMAS. Her current research focuses on the interrelations between tropical cyclone and ocean water properties, weather and climate dynamics, using ocean observations and model output in support of the Argo program. In her research works Dr. Saha investigated the freshwater changes and the underlying processes in the northern tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean and the northern Indian Ocean by analyzing high-resolution eddy-resolving numerical simulations and observations. She quantified the impacts of small-scale ocean processes (eddies and fronts) embedded in the regional circulation on the evolution of ocean temperature and salinity stratification (barrier layers).

Current Work

Tropical cyclone induced salinity variability in the ocean on various timescales.

Impact of Amazon river runoff on tropical Atlantic Ocean.

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2020, Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, Institute of Oceanography, Universität Hamburg, Germany

2016,  M.Sc. Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, India

2014, B.Sc. Geology, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, St. Xavier’s College – Autonomous, University of Mumbai, India

Saha, A., Serra, N., and Stammer, D. (2021). Growth and decay of northwestern tropical Atlantic barrier layers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 126, e2020JC016956.

Saha, A. (2020). Barrier layers in the tropical Atlantic Ocean: Growth and decay mechanisms and impact of Amazon river runoff, PhD Dissertation, Institute of Oceanography, Universität Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany. https://ediss.sub.uni-


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Corporate Innovation Award 2022

For innovation in large-scale autonomous observations in oceanography with global impacts in marine and climate science and technology.