Dr Ricardo Torres

Systems Modeller Data Assimilation

Dr Ricardo Torres

Contact Details

+44 (0)1752 633100 (switchboard)

Dr Ricardo Torres is a senior scientist at PML. He started his career in physical oceanography in 1991 when he attended the University of Vigo, Spain in order to gain a degree in Ocean Sciences. He then moved to the University of Wales, Bangor, UK where he undertook a PhD (under the supervision of Prof E.D. Barton) on the upper layer dynamics of the Galician Upwelling system. He joined the PML Modelling group in 2002, acquiring expertise in data assimilation, interpreting and modelling marine systems and its relationship with the physical environment.

As a senior scientist at PML he is involved in a diverse range of topics including the modelling and observation of physical-biology interactions at varying time and spatial scales, from basin and meso to microstructure scales. He currently focuses his research in the development of high resolution coupled ecosystem-hydrodynamic models for the estuarine and coastal environment, with particular focus on the impacts of marine renewable energy extraction. His aspiration is to better understand the coastal ocean system and to pursue an integrative knowledge of how the multiple components, processes, and scales fit together. He is still very much interested in the small scale interactions between biology and physics, and pursues novel observational techniques to further our understanding on this complex and exciting topic. Stemming from a background in physical oceanography.

Ricardo has made over 30 presentations and posters and written over 25 project reports.  He is involved in PML core programmes, including physical-biological interactions at varying time and spatial scales. Ricardo is currently involved in two European projects and one NERC project. He has 9 peer reviewed papers and has participated in 10 research cruises. He also currently supervises 2 PhD students (one NERC, one CSIC-Spain).

Key Projects

FLOWBEC (2011-2014)

MEDINA (2011-2014)

SOLAS-Upwelling project (2008-2011)

RISCS (Research into Impacts and Safety in CO2 Storage, on- going)

ECOOP (2007-2009)

MERSEA STRAND II (2005-2007)

Other Activities

Operations Board member for the Centre for Business & Climate Solutions 



Cross, J., Nimmo-Smith A.N., Torres, R. and Hosegood, PJ (2013). Biological controls on resuspension and the relationship between particle size and the Kolmogorov length scale in a shallow coastal sea. Marine Geology., Marine Geology, doi: 10.1016/j.margeo.2013.06.014

Ussher, S. J., Achterberg , E P. Powell, C., Baker A.R. , Jickells T.D. , Torres R. and Worsfold P J. (2013). Impact of atmospheric deposition on the contrasting iron biogeochemistry of the North and South Atlantic Ocean. Accepted for publication in  2012GB004466R June 02 2013

R. Torres and R. Uncles (2011) . Modelling of Estuarine and Coastal Waters. In Treatise on Estuarine and  Coastal Sciences. Ed. E. Wolanski and D.S. McLusky, Waltham: Academic Press. Vol 2, pp. 395-427.

R.J. Uncles, R. Torres (2011), Estimating dispersion and flushing time-scales in a coastal zone: application to the Plymouth area, Ocean and Coastal Management, Available online 23 October 2011, ISSN 0964-5691, 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2011.09.013.

Rees, A. P., I. J. Brown, D. R. Clark, and R. Torres (2011), The Lagrangian progression of nitrous oxide within filaments formed in the Mauritanian upwelling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L21606, doi:10.1029/2011GL049322.

Ciavatta, S., R. Torres, S. Saux Picart, and J. I. I. Allen (2011), Can ocean color assimilation improve biogeochemical hindcasts in shelf seas? J. Geophys. Res., 116(C12), doi:10.1029/2011JC007219,.

R. Torres and R. Uncles, In Press. Modelling of Estuarine and Coastal Waters. In Treatise of Estuarine and  Coastal Sciences. Ed. E. Wolanski and D.S. McLusky, Elsevier.
L. Aveytua-Alcázar, V. F. Camacho-Ibar, A. J. Souza, J.I. Allen and R. Torres (2008). Modelling Zostera marina and Ulva spp. In a coastal lagoon. Ecological Modelling, 218 (3-4): 354-366
R. Torres, E.D.Barton (2007). Onset of the Iberian upwelling along the Galician coast. Continental Shelf Research 27:1759-1778
R. Torres, E.D. Barton (2006). Winter development of the Iberian Poleward Flow in the Galician coast. Continental Shelf Research 26 (10): 1134-1153R.
R Torres, J. I. Allen and F. G. Figueiras (2006). Sequential data assimilation in an upwelling influenced estuary. Journal of Marine Systems. doi:10.1016/j.jmarsys.2006.02.01
R. Torres, E.D. Barton, P. Miller and E. Fanjul (2003). Spatial Patterns of wind and sea surface temperature in the Galician Upwelling Region Journal of Geophysical Research, 108(C4), 3130, doi:10.1029/2002JC001361.

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