My name is Daniela Belén Risaro. I’m a PhD student from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) and a teaching assistant in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences of the UBA. I’ve studied Physical Oceanography, and completed my undergraduate studies in 2015 at the UBA. I am currently working towards my PhD under the supervision of Alberto Piola and Dra Maria Paz Chidichimo, in the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) of Argentina.
My current PhD studies are aimed at understanding the changes of the Sea Surface Temperature (SST) in the Patagonian Shelf during the last 35 years. Since the beginning of the satellite era (1980 onwards), physical oceanographic variables, such as SST, Sea Surface Height (SSH) or seawinds, have been measured systematically in the global ocean. These satellite-based retrievals have resulted in SST records of more than 35 years duration, which allow us to understand how the ocean system has been changing and to detect their modes of variability. In particular, my studies involve the analysis of patterns of interannual variability and long-term trends of SST. These patterns constitute an important part of the climate-system and may have significant impact on ocean shelf ecosystems.
To study the ocean from satellite data is key to understanding what occurs in the first layer of the ocean, but this gives us no information about processes that may be taking place in the water column. Therefore, as a part of this programme, I would like to understand the connection between the retrievals from satellite and in-situ data. Moreover, I would be learning about analysis methods and data interpretation of in-situ measurements and its effect in the oceanic systems such as meridional currents and coastal upwelling systems.