Josefina Olascoaga

Josefina Olascoaga

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director,
Applied Marine Physics
Department of Ocean Sciences

University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149

Tel: (305) 421-4647

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Modeling of biophysical interactions; geophysical flow stability; Lagrangian dynamics

The impact of advective transport by the South Indian Ocean Countercurrent on the madagascar plankton bloom Huhn, F., Von Kameke, A., Pérez-Muñuzuri, V., Olascoaga, M.J., Beron-Vera, F.J. Geophysical Research Letters 39 (6), art. no. L06602

Forecasting sudden changes in environmental pollution patterns Olascoaga, M.J., Haller, G. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 109 (13), pp. 4738-4743

Zonal jets as meridional transport barriers in the subtropical and polar lower stratosphere Beron-Vera, F.J., Olascoaga, M.J., Brown, M.G., Koçak, H. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 69 (2) , pp. 753-767


Relative risk assessment of cruise ships biosolids disposal alternatives Avellaneda, P.M., Englehardt, J.D., Olascoaga, J., Babcock, E.A., Brand, L., Lirman, D., Rogge, W.F., Solo-Gabriele, H., Tchobanoglous, G. Marine Pollution Bulletin 62 (10), pp. 2157-2169


Olascoaga, M. J, A favorable test of isolation on the West Florida Shelf with implication for red tides, Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 17, 685-696.

Beron-Vera, F. J., M. J. Olascoaga and G. J. Goni. Surface ocean mixing inferred from multisatellite altimetry measurements J. Phys. Oceanogr., in press.

Reniers, A., J. H. MacMahan, F. J. Beron-Vera and M. J. Olascoaga. Rip-current pulses tied to Lagrangian coherent structures. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L05605.

Beron-Vera, F. J., M. J. Olascoaga, M. G. Brown, H. Kocak and I. I. Rypina. Invariant-tori-like Lagrangian coherent structures in geophysical flows. Chaos 20, 017514 (Invited contribution to Chaos Focus Issue on Lagrangian coherent structures.)


Beron-Vera, F. J. and M. J. Olascoaga, An assessment of the importance of chaotic stirring and turbulent mixing in the West Florida Shelf. J. Phys. Oceanogr., 9, 1743-1755 (doi: 10.1175/2009JPO4046.1).


Olascoaga, M. J., F. J. Beron-Vera, L. E. Brand and H. Kocak, Tracing the early development of harmful algal blooms with the aid of lagrangian coherent structure, J. Geophys. Res., 113: C12014  (doi:10.1029/2007JC004533).

Beron-Vera, F. J., M. J. Olascoaga and G. J. Goni. Oceanic mesoscale eddies as revealed by Lagrangian coherent structures, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35: L12603, doi:10.1029/2008GL033957.

Beron-Vera, F. J., M. G. Brown, M. J. Olascoaga, I. I. Rypina, H. Kocak and I. A. Udovydchenkov, Zonal jets as transport barriers in planetary atmospheres, J. Atmos. Sci., 65: 3316-3326, (doi:10.1175/2008JAS2579.1).


Rypina, I. I., F. J. Beron-Vera, M. G. Brown, H. Kocak, M. J. Olascoaga and I. A. Udovydchenkov,. Robust transport barriers resulting from strong Kolmogorov-Arnold-Moser stability, Phys. Rev Lett. 98: 104102

Rypina, I. I., F. J. Beron-Vera, M. G. Brown, H. Kocak, M. J. Olascoaga and I. A. Udovydchenkov, On the Lagrangian Dynamics of Atmospheric Zonal Jets and the Impermeability of the Stratospheric Polar Vortex, J. Atmos. Sci., 64: 3595-3610.


Olascoaga, M. J., I. I. Rypina, M. G. Brown, F. J. Beron-Vera, H. Kocak, L. E. Brand, G. R. Halliwell and L. K. Shay, Persistent Transport Barrier on the West Florida Shelf, Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, L22603, doi:10.1029/2006GL027800.

Rothstein, Cullen, Abbott, Chassignet, Denman, Doney, Ducklow, Fennel, Follows, Haidvogel, Hofmann, Karl, Kindle, Lima, Maltrud, McClain, McGillicuddy, Olascoaga, Spitz, Wiggert and Yoder, Modeling Ocean Ecosystems: The PARADIGM Program, Oceanography, 19: 1, 17-45


Olascoaga, M. J., N. Idrisi and A. Romanou, Biophysical isopycnic-coordinate modelling of plankton dynamics in the Arabian Sea, Ocean Model. 8: 55-80.


Beron-Vera, F. J., M. J. Olascoaga and J. Zavala-Garay, Linear waves and baroclinic instability in an inhomogeneous layer primitive equations ocean model, ICTAM04 Abstract Book and CD-ROM Proceedings, ISBN 83-89687-01-1, IPPT PAN, Warsaw (e-Print arXiv:physics/0401078).

Idrisi, N., M. J. Olascoaga, Z. Garraffo, D. B. Olson and S. L. Smith, Mechanisms for emergence from diapause of Calanoides carinatus in the Somali Current, Limnol. Oceanogr. 49: 1262-1268.

Beron-Vera, F. J., M. J. Olascoaga and M. G. Brown, Passive tracer patchiness and particle trajectory stability in incompressible two-dimensional flows, Nonlin. Proc. Geophys. 11: 67-74.


Olascoaga, M. J., F. J. Beron-Vera and J. Sheinbaum, Deep ocean influence on upper ocean baroclinic instability saturation, in O. U. Velasco-Fuentes, J. Sheinbaum, and J. L. Ochoa (eds.), Nonlinear Processes in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: A Tribute to the Scientific Work of Pedro Ripa, Kluwer Academic, pp. 15-28.

Beron-Vera, F. J. and M. J. Olascoaga, Spectral, formal, and nonlinear stability in a layered quasigeostrophic model with application to the Atlantic North Equatorial Current, in G. J. Goni and P. Malanotte-Rizzoli (eds.), Interhemispheric Water Exchange in the Atlantic Ocean, Elsevier Oceanographic Series 68, Elsevier Science, pp. 313-334.


Olascoaga, M. J., Deep ocean influence on upper ocean baroclinic instability, J. Geophys. Res. 106: 26,863-26,877


Olascoaga, M. J. and P. Ripa, Baroclinic instability in a two-layer model with a free boundary and b effect, J. Geophys. Res. 104: 23,357-23,366

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