Dr Rafa Costa Santana

Coastal Scientist


PhD in Marine Science. MSc in Geophysics. Bachelor in Oceanography.


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I am a physical oceanographer with expertise in the dynamics of coastal, sub- and mesoscale ocean variability from equatorial to polar regions (e.g., Santana et al., 2018, 2019 and 2021). My focus is to improve our understanding of variability in ocean, waves and sea-ice conditions and how it impacts society using observations, numerical modelling, and data assimilation (e.g., Santana et al., 2020 and 2023). I work at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), most specifically within the Coastal and Esturarine Group. At NIWA, my research targets at understanding past ocean conditions and future climate scenarios to see how these changes may affect society.

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