Ulises Rivero

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Low power & ultra low power system design for long term ocean observations monitoring.

Machine learning-based optimization algorithms for error detection and error correction.

Software techniques for improving EMC in microcontroller-based electronic systems.

Underwater wireless data communication system design.

Ulises Rivero

Supervisory Engineer, Physical Oceanography Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“The ocean covers more than 70% of the surface of our planet. But just 5% of Earth’s oceans have been explored and charted, especially the deep ocean. Information from ocean research can help us understand how we are affecting and being affected by changes in Earth’s environment, including changes in weather and climate. Insights from ocean exploration can help us better understand and respond to earthquakes, tsunamis, and other hazards.”

Ulises Rivero is an Electrical Engineer for the Physical Oceanography Division at NOAA/AOML. As Chief Engineer for the Instrumentation Group, he applies state-of-the-art technology and incorporates innovative design techniques for developing new oceanographic instruments. He develops low and high-level software products for controlling high-speed data acquisition systems, embedded micro-controller applications, and oceanographic instruments. These instruments and software products aid AOML in its mission to conduct basic and applied research in oceanography, tropical meteorology, atmospheric and oceanic chemistry, and acoustics.

1988, B.S. Computer Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL

1986, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

  1. Goni, G.J., J. Sprintall, F. Bringas, L. Cheng, M. Cirano, S. Dong, R. Domingues, M. Goes, H. Lopez, R. Morrow, U. Rivero, T. Rossby, R.E. Todd, J. Trinanes, N. Zilberman, M. Baringer, T. Boyer, R. Cowley, C.M. Domingues, K. Hutchinson, M. Kramp, M.M. Mata, F. Reseghetti, C. Sun, U. Bhaskar, and D. Volkov. More than 50 years of successful continuous temperature section measurements by the Global Expendable Bathythermograph Network, its integrability, societal benefits, and future. Frontiers in Marine Science, 6:452, https://doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00452 2019
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  2. 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. Marine Technology Society Journal, 49(2):167-177, https://doi:10.4031/MTSJ.49.2.14 2015
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  3. Bufkin, J.M., and U. Rivero. Real-time digital data communication system for a remotely-operated ADCP. Proceedings, Ocean 96 MTS/IEEE, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, September 23-26, 1996. Marine Technological Society, Vol. 1, 72-75, 1996
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Adaptable Bottom Instrument Information Shuttle System (ABIISS): A deep ocean data retrieval system designed to move data from moored oceanographic instruments up to the surface and back to land via satellite.

Cable Voltage Recorder: A system for measuring motionally-induced voltages from a submarine cable.

Dropsonde Float: A free-falling instrument that records the temperature, pressure & average current velocity in a vertical column of water.

Autolauncher: A device for automatically launching XBT probes from a moving ship as it steams along its course.

Moser Channel Water Quality Monitoring Station: A system for recording and transmitting water temperature & salinity.

Looe Key Oceanographic Buoy: A real-time system for recording and transmitting water temperature, salinity & currents.

Conch Reef Oceanographic Station at NOAA’s Aquarius Reef Base: A near real-time system for recording and transmitting water, salinity & current.

Real-time remotely-operated moored ADCP: A real-time system for monitoring offshore current to control dredge material disposal activities.

Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2021

For the successful coordination and operation of a “picket fence” of underwater gliders during the 2019 hurricane season for improved forecasting.

Ocean Observing Team Award (RAPID-MOCHA-WBTS 26°N Team) 2021

For transforming understanding of Atlantic circulation with a breakthrough in observing system design, providing continuous, cost-effective measurements.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator’s Award 2016

For developing and implementing an Iridium based, real-time transmission system for oceanographic and meteorological observations from ships.

Department of Commerce Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill Response Award 2010


Department of Commerce Bronze Medal 2007

For Superior Service of the Western Boundary Times Series Meridional Overturning Circulation Project and long-term research, design, and support of the observing system, including the Florida Current and Meridional Overturning Circulation.