Rigoberto Garcia

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Research Highlights

Research Interests

The Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation.

The transport, structure, and variability of the Florida Current and the Deep Western Boundary Current.

Rigoberto Garcia

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 Studies (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.

Current Work

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.

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1987, B.S. Mathematics, Univ. of Havana, Cuba.

1994, M.S. Physical Oceanography, Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), Mexico.

  1. Pujiana, K., D.L. Volkov, S. Dong, G. Goni, M. Baringer, R.H. Smith, and R. Garcia. Genesis of the Gulf Stream subseasonal variability in the Florida Straits. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans, 128(2):e2022JC018555, https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JC018555 2023
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  2. Volkov, D.L., R.H. Smith, C.S. Meinen, R. Garcia, M. Baringer, and G. Goni. The skill of measuring the Florida Current volume transport from space. Proceedings, 5th Oceans from Space Symposium, Venice, Italy, October 24-28, 2022. European Commission, 238-239, 2023
    Ref. 4333
  3. Graef, F, and R.F. Garcia. Resonant interactions between Rossby modes in a straight coast and a channel. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 918:A34, https://doi.org/10.1017/jfm.2021.344 2021
    Ref. 3975

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.