The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.
The transport, structure, and variability of the Florida Current and the Deep Western Boundary Current.
Senior Research Associate (University of Miami/CIMAS), Physical Oceanography Division
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149
“Off the east coast of Florida, the bulk of the warm surface limb of the vertical Meridional Overturning Circulation and the majority of the western boundary component of the horizontal subtropical gyre are carried within the Florida Current as it passes through the Straits of Florida. The importance of the Florida Current to the dynamical ocean–atmosphere system and as a flow with a significant history of observations, led to the establishment in 1982 of a nearly continuously program to provide long-term monitoring of the Florida Current.”
Rigoberto Garcia is a Senior Research Associate with the Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science (CIMAS) at the University of Miami. Rigoberto works in the Physical Oceanography Division at AOML observing the western boundary components of the Meridional Overturning Circulation (MOC), in particular, the transport, structure, and variability of the Florida Current. He is focused on the processing and analysis of multiple observation systems of the Atlantic MOC.
Keep up to date the time series of voltage from a submarine telephone cable with the ultimate purpose of maintaining the long time series of transport measurements of the Florida Current (FC).
Process dropsonde and LADCP data to estimate the FC volume transport.
Process and analyze Inverted Echo Sounder (IES) data in both North (WBTS) and South (SAM) Atlantic projects.
1987, B.S. Mathematics, Univ. of Havana, Cuba.
1994, M.S. Physical Oceanography, Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico.
Meinen, C.S., R.H. Smith, and R.F. Garcia. Evaluating pressure gauges as a potential future replacement for electromagnetic cable observations of the Florida Current transport at 27°N. Journal of Operational Oceanography, 14(2):166-176, https://doi.org/10.1080/1755876X.2020.1780757 2021
Garcia, R.F., R.H. Smith, and D. Volkov. Oceanographic data collected in the Straits of Florida at 27°N during the year 2018, including the estimated Florida Current transport. NOAA Data Report, OAR-AOML-80, 75 pp., https://doi.org/10.25923/znsg-pj87 2020
Garcia, R.F., R.H. Smith, and D.L. Volkov. Oceanographic data collected in the Straits of Florida at 27°N during the year 2019, including the estimated Florida Current transport. NOAA Data Report, OAR-AOML-81, 76 pp., https://doi.org/10.25923/hkcc-4k61 2020
Ocean Observing Team Award (RAPID-MOCHA-WBTS 26°N Team) 2020
For significantly improving our understanding of Atlantic circulation with a breakthrough in observing system design, providing continuous, cost-effective measurements.
PhOD’s Science Paper Award 2014
AOML’s Outstanding Research Paper for Fiscal Year 2011, 2012
Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2007
For contributions to the Western Boundary Time Series project as part of the Meriidonal Overturning Circulation (MOC) team.