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Dr Ana Barbosa Aguiar

Areas of expertise

  • Meddies and Mediterranean Outflow
  • Azores Current System
  • Polar Vortices and Barotropic Instability
  • GFD Laboratory experiments

Publications by Ana Barbosa Aguiar

Current activities

Ana is an Ocean Modelling Scientist in the Global Ocean Forecasting group.

Her main role is to provide technical support to the FOAM-deep operational model while also working on its development and implementation of system upgrades. FOAM is the Met Office Forecasting Ocean Assimiliation Model and its products are delivered on a daily basis to the Royal Navy and also used to initialise the ocean component of  the Global Seasonal forecasting Model (GloSea).

Career background

Ana joined the Ocean Forecasting Research and Development team in August 2015.

Prior to joining the Met Office, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique des Oceans (2014-2015) and at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (2008-2013). In France, she did some research on the signature Meddies in seismic imaging using a high-resolution numerical simulations (NHOES). While in Portugal, she studied Meddies and the Mediterranean Outflow using a regional ocean model (ROMS) for the southwest of the Iberian Peninsula; prior to that she did an observational study of the Azores Current based on drifters and altimetry data.

Ana completed her DPhil (2008) in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Oxford where she ran laboratory experiments to investigate the batropic instability of detached shear layers - this led to a publication on Saturn's North Polar Hexagon.

As an undergraduate, Ana studied Physics and Applied Mathematics at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto.