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Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato BSc, DPhil

Professor of Physical Oceanography

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Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato is Professor of Physical Oceanography within Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton. 

BSc Physics, University of Southampton (1995)

PhD Physical Oceanography, University of Liverpool (1999)

Senior Research Associate, University of East Anglia (1999 – 2002)

NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of East Anglia (2002 – 2005)

NERC Advanced Research Fellow, University of Southampton (2005 – 2010)

Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton (2010 – 2011)

Professor of Physical Oceanography, University of Southampton (2011 – present)

Research interests

  • Ocean circulation and climate
  • Ocean turbulence
  • Multiscale ocean dynamics
  • Ice – ocean interaction
  • Marine biogeochemical cycles

Research group

Physical Oceanography

Research project(s)

Southern Ocean Carbon Uptake

Diapycnal and Isopycnal Mixing Experiment in the Southern Ocean (DIMES)

Dynamics of the Orkney Passage Outflow (DynOPO)

Bottom Boundary Layer Turbulence and Abyssal Recipes (BLT Recipes)

Quantifying Human Influence on Ocean Melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Southern Ocean Carbon and Heat Impact on Climate (SO-CHIC)

Building Resilience in Galápagos Ecosystem Management to Severe Climate Change (R-GEMS)

Climate change and future marine ecosystem services and biodiversity (FUTUREMARES)

Designing climate policy requires understanding to what extent contemporary climate change jeopardizes ecosystem functioning and services. FutureMARES proposes to develop evidence-based guidance at appropriate spatial and temporal scales for nature-based solutions across a broad range of European and other marine and transitional systems.

Director of the NERC / EPSRC NEXUSS Centre of Doctoral Training (

Head of Physical Oceanography Research Group

Member of the NERC Science Committee (

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Book Chapters

  • MacKinnon, J., St Laurent, L., & Naveira Garabato, A. C. (2013). Diapycnal mixing processes in the ocean interior. In G. Siedler, S. Griffies, J. Gould, & J. Church (Eds.), Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective. 2nd Ed (pp. 159-184). (International Geophysics; No. 103). Academic Press.
  • Rintoul, S. R., & Naveira Garabato, A. C. (2013). Dynamics of the Southern Ocean circulation. In G. Siedler, S. Griffies, J. Gould, & J. Church (Eds.), Ocean Circulation and Climate: A 21st Century Perspective. 2nd Ed (pp. 471-492). (International Geophysics; No. 103). Academic Press.
  • Naveira Garabato, A. C. (2009). Energetics of ocean mixing. In J. H. Steele, K. K. Turekian, & S. A. Thorpe (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 2nd ed. (pp. 261-270). Academic Press.


  • Rintoul, S. R., Speer, K., Sparrow, M., Meredith, M., Hofmann, E., Fahrbach, E., Summerhayes, C., Worby, A., England, M., Bellerby, R., Speich, S., Costa, D., Hall, J., Hindell, M., Hosie, G., Stansfield, K., Fukamachi, Y., de Bruin, T., Naveira Garabato, A., ... Gladyshev, S. (2010). Southern Ocean Observing System (SOO): rationale and strategy for sustained observations of the Southern Ocean. In J. Hall, D. E. Harrison, & D. Stammer (Eds.), Proceedings of OceanObs'09: Sustained Ocean Observations and Information for Society, Vol. 2 (pp. 851-863). (ESA Special Publication; No. WPP-306). European Space Agency.




SOES2025 Methods in Oceanography – module leader

SOES6014 Introduction to Physical Oceanography – module co-leader

Professor Alberto Naveira Garabato
Ocean and Earth Science
National Oceanography Centre Southampton
University of Southampton Waterfront Campus
European Way
Southampton SO14 3ZH

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