Dr. Denis L. Volkov


Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies
University of Miami
4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149 USA
Phone: (305) 361-4344

Research interests

  • Space-borne observations of sea level and ocean circulation.
  • Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and its role in the regional and global climate variability.
  • Florida Current transport and variability, including its impact on coastal sea level.
  • Processes determining sea level in semi-enclosed seas.
  • Processes determining the near-surface salinity stratification.
  • Meso- and large-scale processes in polar oceans and seas.

Selected Publications


Volkov D.L. , R. Domingues, C.S. Meinen, R. Garcia, M. Baringer, G. Goni, & R. Smith (2020). Inferring Florida Current transport from satellite altimetry, J. Geophys. Res. - Oceans, 125, e2020JC016763, https://doi.org/10.1029/2020JC016763.

Volkov D.L. , S.-K. Lee, A.L. Gordon, M. Rudko (2020), Unprecedented reduction and quick recovery of the South Indian Ocean heat content and sea level in 2014-2018, Science Advances, 6(36), eabc1151, https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abc1151.

Volkov D.L. , C.S. Meinen, C. Schmid, B. Moat, M. Lankhorst, S. Dong, F. Li, W. Johns, S. Lozier, R. Perez, G. Goni, M. Kersale, E. Frajka-Williams, M. Baringer, D. Smeed, D. Rayner, A. Sanchez-Franks, U. Send (2020), Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and associated heat transport, [In: State of the Climate 2019], Bull. Am. Met. Soc., 101(8), S159-S163, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-20-0105.1.

Dmitrenko, I.A., P.G. Myers, S.A. Kirillov, D.G. Babb, D.L. Volkov, J.V. Lukovich, R. Tao, J.K. Ehn, K. Sydor, D.G. Barber (2020), Atmospheric vorticity sets the basin-scale circulation in Hudson Bay, Elementa Sci. Anth., 8(1): 049, doi:10.1525/elementa.049.

Kersalé, M., C.S. Meinen, R.C. Perez, M. Le Hénaff, D. Valla, T. Lamont, O.T. Sato, S. Dong, T. Terre, M. van Caspel, M.P. Chidichimo, M. van den Berg, S. Speich, A.R. Piola, E.J.D. Campos, I. Ansorge, D.L. Volkov, R. Lumpkin, S. Garzoli (2020), Highly Variable Upper and Abyssal Overturning Cells in the South Atlantic, Science Advances, Vol. 6, no. 32, eaba7573, doi:10.1126/sciadv.aba7573.

Moat B.I., D.A. Smeed, E. Frajka-Williams, D.G. Desbruyères, C. Beaulieu, W.E. Johns, D. Rayner, A. Sanchez-Franks, M.O. Baringer, D.L. Volkov, L.C. Jackson, H.L. Bryden (2020), Pending recovery in the strength of the meridional overturning circulation at 26° N, Ocean Sciences, 16, 863–874, https://doi.org/10.5194/os-16-863-2020.


Volkov D.L. , S.-K. Lee, R. Domingues, H. Zhang, M. Goes (2019), Interannual sea level variability along the southeastern seaboard of the United States in relation to the gyre-scale heat divergence in the North Atlantic, Geophys. Res. Lett., doi:10.1029/2019GL083596.

Volkov D.L. , S. Dong, G. Foltz, G. Goni, and R. Lumpkin (2019), Observations of near-surface salinity and temperature structure with dual-sensor Lagrangian drifters during SPURS-2, Oceanography, 32(2):66–75, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2019.214.

Volkov D.L. , M. Baringer, D. Smeed, W. Johns, F. Landerer (2019), Teleconnection between the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and sea level in the Mediterranean Sea, Journal of Climate , 32, 935-955, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0474.1.

Lee, C.M., S. Starkweather, H. Eicken, M-L. Timmermans, J. Wilkinson, S. Sandven, D. Dukhovskoy, S. Gerland, J.M. Grebmeier, J. Intrieri, S.-H. Kang, M. McCammon, I. Polyakov, B. Rabe, S. Seeyave, D. Volkov, A. Beszczynska-Moller, M. Dzieciuch, G.J. Goni, A. King, A.A. Olsen, T. Rossby, H. Sagen, O. Skagseth, H. Soiland,and K. Sorensen (2019), A framework for the development, design, and implementation of a sustained Arctic Ocean Observing System, Front. Mar. Sci., Vol. 6, doe:10.3389/fmars.2019.00451.

Frajka-Williams, E., I.J. Ansorge, J. Baehr, H.L. Bryden, [...], D. Volkov, C. Wilson (2019), Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation: Observed transports and variability, Front. Mar. Sci., Vol. 6, doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00260.

Todd, R.E., F.P. Chavez, S. Clayton, S.E. Cravatte, M.P. Goes, [...], D. Volkov, J. Wilkin, D. Zhang, and L. Zhang (2019), Global perspectives on observing ocean boundary current systems, Front. Mar. Sci., Vol. 6, dos:10.3389/fmars.2019.00423.

Goni, G.J., J. Sprintall, F. Bringas, L. Cheng, M. Cirano, S. Dong, R. Domingues, [...], and D. Volkov (2019), More than 50 years of successful continuous temperature section measurements by the Global Expendable Bathythermograph Network, its integrability, social benefits, and future , Front. Mar. Sci., Vol. 6, doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00452.


Domingues, R., G. Goni, M. Baringer, D.L. Volkov (2018), What caused the accelerated sea level changes along the United States East Coast during 2010-2015?, Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 13367-13376, dos:10.1029/2018GL081183.

Volkov D.L. (2018), Ocean warming. AccessScience, McGraw-Hill Education, https://doi.org/10.1036/1097-8542.463850.

Belonenko, T.V., D.L. Volkov, A.V. Koldunov (2018), Shelf waves in the Beaufort Sea in a high-resolution ocean model, Oceanology, Vol. 58, No. 6, pp. 778-785, dos:10.1134/S0001437018060024.

Bashmachnikov I., T.V. Belonenko, P. Kuibin, D.L. Volkov, V. Foux (2018), Pattern of vertical velocity in the Lofoten vortex (the Norwegian Sea), Ocean Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s10236-018-1213-1.


Lindstrom, E.J., A.Y. Shcherbina, L. Rainville, J.T. Farrar, L.R. Centurioni, S. Dong, E.A. D'Asaro, C. Eriksen, D.M. Fratantoni, B.A. Hodges, V. Hormann, W.S. Kessler, C.M. Lee, S.C. Riser, L. St. Laurent, D.L. Volkov (2017), Autonomous multi-platform observations during the Salinity Processes in the Upper-Ocean Regional Studies. Oceanography, 30(2): 38-48, doi:10.5670/oceanog.2017.218.

Bashmachnikov I., M.A. Sokolovskiy, T.V. Belonenko, D.L. Volkov, P.E. Isachsen, X. Carton (2017), On the vertical structure and stability of the Lofoten vortex in the Norwegian Sea. Deep Sea Res. Part I, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2017.08.001.

Dong, S., D.L. Volkov, G. Goni, R. Lumpkin, G. Foltz (2017), Near-surface salinity and temperature structure observed from dual-sensor drifters in the subtropical South Pacific. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JC012894

Kubryakov, A.A., S.V. Stanichny, D.L. Volkov (2017), Quantifying the impact of basin dynamics on the regional sea level rise in the Black Sea . Ocean Sci., 13,443-452, dos:10.5194/os-13-443-2017.

Peralta-Ferriz, C., F.W. Landerer, D.P. Chambers, D.L. Volkov, and W. Llovel (2017), Remote sensing of bottom pressure from GRACE satellites . US Clivar Variations Spring 2017, Vol. 15, No. 2, 22-28.

Lee, S.-K., D.L. Volkov, H. Lopez, W.G. Cheon, A.L. Gordon, Y. Liu, R. Wanninkhof (2017), Wind-driven ocean dynamics impact on the contrasting sea-ice trends around West Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, doi:10.1002/2016JC012416.

Volkov D.L., S.-K. Lee, F.W. Landerer, R. Lumpkin (2017), Decade-long deep-ocean warming detected in the subtropical South Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett. , 44, doi:10.1002/2016GL071661.

[2016 and prior]

Baringer, M.O., M. Lankhorst, D.L. Volkov, S. Garzoli, S. Dong, U. Send, C. Meinen (2016), Meridional overturning circulation observations in the Atlantic Ocean, [In: State of the Climate 2015], Bull. Am. Met. Soc., 97(8), S84-87.

Dmitrenko I., S. Kirillov, A. Forest, Y. Gratton, D. Volkov, W. Williams, J. Lukovich, C. Belnager, D. Barber (2016), Shelfbreak current over the Canadian Beaufort Sea continental slope: wind-driven events in January 2005. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, 2447-2468, doi:10.1002/2015JC011514.

Volkov D.L., W.E. Johns, T.V. Belonenko (2016), Dynamic response of the Black Sea elevation to intraseasonal fluctuations of the Mediterranean sea level. Geophys. Res. Lett.. , 42, 283-290, doi:10.1002/2015GL066876.

Volkov D.L., A.A. Koubryakov, R. Lumpkin (2015), Formation and variability of the Lofoten Basin vortex in a high-resolution ocean model. Deep-Sea Res. I, 105, pp. 142-157, doi:10.1016/j.dsr.2015.09.001.

Volkov D.L., and F.W. Landerer (2015), Internal and external forcing of sea level variability in the Black Sea . Climate Dynamics, pp. 1-14, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2498-0.

Baringer M.O., W.E. Johns, S. Garzoli, S. Dong, D.L. Volkov, W.R. Hobbs (2014), Meridional oceanic heat transport in the Atlantic Ocean [in "State of the Climate in 2013"]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95(7), 69-71, doi:10.1175/2014BAMSStateofhteClimate.1.

Volkov D.L. (2014), Do the North Atlantic winds drive the nonseasonal variability of the Arctic Ocean sea level? Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2013GL059065.

Volkov D.L., and F.W. Landerer (2013), Non-seasonal variability of the Arctic Ocean mass observed by the GRACE satellites. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, doi:10.1002/2013JC009341.

Volkov D.L., F.W. Landerer, S.A. Kirillov (2013), The genesis of sea level variability in the Barents Sea. Continental Shelf Res., 66, 92-104, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2013.07.007.

Volkov D.L., T.V. Belonenko,V.R. Foux (2013), Puzzling over the dynamics of the Lofoten Basin - a sub-Arctic hot spot of ocean variability. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, Issue 4, 738-743, doi:10.1002/grl.50126.

Landerer F.W., and D.L. Volkov (2013), The anatomy of recent large sea level fluctuations in the Mediterranean Sea. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, Issue 3, 553-557, doi:10.1002/grl.50140.

Volkov D.L., and M.-I. Pujol (2012), Quality assessment of a satellite altimetry data product in the Nordic, Barents, and Kara seas. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 117, C03025, doi:10.1029/2011JC007557.

Volkov D.L., and V. Zlotnicki (2012), Performance of GOCE and GRACE-derived mean dynamic topographies in resolving the Antarctic Circumpolar Current fronts. Ocean Dynamics, 62, Issue 5, 893-905, doi:10.1007/s10236-012-0541-9.

Volkov D.L., and L.-L. Fu (2011), Interannual variability of the Azores Current strength and eddy energy in relation to atmospheric forcing. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 116, C11011, doi:10.1029/2011JC007271.

Volkov D.L., and L.-L. Fu (2010), On the reasons for the existence and the variability of the Azores Current. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 2197-2220, doi:10.1175/2010JPO4326.1.

Volkov D.L., L.-L. Fu, T. Lee (2010), Mechanisms of the meridional heat transport in the Southern Ocean. Ocean Dynamics, 60, 791-801, doi:10.1007/s10236-010-0288-0.

Volkov D.L., T. Lee, L.-L. Fu (2008), Eddy-induced meridional heat transport in the ocean. Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L20601, doi:10.1029/2008GL035490.

Volkov D.L., and L.-L. Fu (2008), The role of vorticity fluxes in the dynamics of the Zapiola Anticyclone. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 113, C11015, doi:10.1029/2008JC004841.

Volkov D.L., G. Larnicol, J. Dorandeu (2007), Improving the quality of satellite altimetry data over continental shelves. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 112, C06020, doi:10.1029/2006JC003765.

Volkov D.L. (2005), The interannual variability of the altimetry-derived eddy field and associated surface circulation in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1993-2011. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 35, 405-426, doi:10.1175/JPO2683.1.

Volkov D.L., and H.M. van Aken (2005), Climate-related change of sea level in the extratropical North Atlantic and North Pacific. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, L14611, doi:10.1029/2005GL023097.

Volkov D.L. (2004): Propagating features in the eddy field of the North Atlantic Current. Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L24305, doi:10.1029/2004GL021401.

Volkov D.L., and H.M. van Aken (2004), Low-frequency change of sea level in the North Atlantic Ocean as observed with satellite altimetry. In: Satellite Altimetry for Geodesy, Geophysics and Oceanography. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 280.

Volkov D.L. (2004), Monitoring the sea level and surface circulation with satellite altimetry, Ph.D. thesis, ISBN:90-393-3862-0, 152 pp..

Volkov D.L., and H.M. van Aken (2003), Annual and interannual variability of sea level in the northern North Atlantic Ocean. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 108, 3204, doi:10.1029/2002JC001459, C6.