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Dr Ricardo Torres

Systems Modeller Data Assimilation

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+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.

Ricardo has made over 40 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. He has 36 peer reviewed papers and has participated in 10 international research cruises. He also currently supervises one PhD students.


Removing marine microplastics with mussel power

Removing marine microplastics with mussel power

Contact: Dr Matthew Cole

Removing marine microplastics with mussel power is a one-year feasibility study funded by Waitrose Plan Plastic to develop an ecological solution...


Changing Arctic Carbon cycle in the cOastal Ocean Near-shore (CACOON)

Contact: Dr Ricardo Torres

The Arctic Ocean is a rapidly changing environment, with rising temperatures leading to an ongoing decline in sea ice and shifting conditions for...

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Other key projects

  • NERC SMILES – Surface Mixed Layer Evolution at Submesoscales (2014-2017).
  • European Space Agency FLUX (2011-2014)

Recent publications

  • Woolf, DK.; Shutler, JD; Goddijn‐Murphy, L; Watson, AJ; Chapron, B; Nightingale, PD; Donlon, CJ; Piskozub, J; Yelland, MJ; Ashton, I; Holding, T; Schuster, U; Girard‐Ardhuin, F; Grouazel, A; Piolle, JF; Warren, M; Wrobel‐Niedzwiecka, I; Land, PE; Torres, R; Prytherch, J; Moat, B; Hanafin, J; Ardhuin, F; Paul, F. 2019 Key Uncertainties in the Recent Air‐Sea Flux of CO 2. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. (In Press)
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  • Skakala, J; Smyth, TJ; Torres, R; Buckingham, CE; Brearley, A; Hyder, P; Coward, AC. 2019 SST dynamics at different scales: evaluating the oceanographic model resolution skill to represent SST processes in the Southern Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.
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  • Taylor, JR; Bachman, S; Stamper, M; Hosegood, P; Adams, K; Sallee, J-B; Torres, R. 2018 Submesoscale Rossby waves on the Antarctic circumpolar current. Science Advances, 4 (3).
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  • Browman, HI; Manríquez, PH; Jara, ME; Mardones, ML; Navarro, JM; Torres, R; Lardies, MA; Vargas, CA; Duarte, C; Widdicombe, S; Salisbury, J; Lagos, NA. 2013 Ocean Acidification Disrupts Prey Responses to Predator Cues but Not Net Prey Shell Growth in Concholepas concholepas (loco). PLoS ONE, 8 (7). e68643.
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  • Hosegood, PJ; Nightingale, PD; Rees, AP; Widdicombe, CE; Woodward, EMS; Clark, DR; Torres, R. 2017 Nutrient pumping by submesoscale circulations in the Mauritanian upwelling system. Progress in Oceanography, 159. 223-236.
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  • Torres, R; Cazenave, P; Bruggeman, J; Artioli, Y; Butenschon, M. 2017 Ecosystem modelling in support of Marine Spatial Planning and governance. [Poster] In: 2nd International Conference on Marine Spatial Planning, Paris, 15-17 March 2017. (Unpublished)
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Selected key publications

  • 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.
  • Joint I., M. Inall, R. Torres, F.G. Figueiras, X.A. Alvarez-Salgado, and M. Woodward (2001). Two Lagrangian Experiments in the Iberian Upwelling System: tracking an upwelling event and an off-shore filament. Progress in Oceanography, 51, 221-248.
  • E.D. Barton, M. Inall, T. Sherwin and R. Torres (2001). Vertical structure, turbulent mixing and fluxes during Lagrangian observations of an upwelling filament system off Northwest Iberia. Progress in Oceanography, 51, 249-267.
  • 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
  • Ussher, S. J., E. P. Achterberg, C. Powell, A. R. Baker, T. D. Jickells, R. Torres, and P. J. Worsfold (2013), Impact of atmospheric deposition on the contrasting iron biogeochemistry of the North and South Atlantic Ocean, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 27, 1096–1107, doi:10.1002/gbc.20056.
  • 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.

Other activities

  • PRiMARE Steering committee
  • Member of PML Athena committee