CAPO, Las Palmas, Spain
CAnary Physical Oceanography (CAPO) Group
Facultad de Ciencias del Mar
Universidad de Las Palmas de G.C.
Alonso Hernandez-Guerra, Profesor Titular de Universidad (Tenure Track position at Associate Professor level) in Physical Oceanography at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from 1997, obtained his Ph.D. in Satellite Oceanography in 1990. He spent 9 months in the Institute for Remote Sensing Application in the Joint Research Centre at Ispra (Italy) in 1988-1989. He has been working in the application of remote sensing data to the upwelling system off northwest Africa and the ocean surrounding the Canary Islands from 1987. He has obtained research contracts from the Commision of the European Union, the Spanish Commision for Science and Technology, the Autonomic Government of the Canary Islands, and the Joint Research Centre.
Hernández-Guerra, A. & L. Nykjaer, 1997. Sea surface temperature variability off north-west Africa: 1981-1989. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 18, 2539-2558Role in the SMOS mission:
Arístegui, J., P. Tett, A. Hernández-Guerra, G. Basterretxea, M.F. Montero, K. Wild, P. Sangrá, S. Hernández-León, M. Cantón, J.A. García-Braun, M. Pacheco & E.D. Barton, 1997. The influence of island-generated eddies on chlorophyll distribution: a study of mesoscale variation around Gran Canaria. Deep-Sea Research, 44, 71-96
Pelegrí, J.L., P. Sangrá & A. Hernández-Guerra, 1997. Heat gain in the Eastern North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre. The Mathematics of Models for Climatology and Environmet, NATO ASI Series I.48, 419-436
Arístegui, J., P. Sangrá, S. Hernández-León, M. Cantón, A. Hernández-Guerra & J.L. Kerling, 1994. Island-induced eddies in the Canary Islands. Deep-Sea Research, 41, 1509-1525
Hernández-Guerra, A., J. Arístegui, M. Cantón & L. Nykjaer, 1993. Phytoplankton pigment patterns in the Canary Islands area as determined using Coastal Zone Colour Scanner data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 14, 1431-1437.
In this proposal, the CAPO group will have two roles in this proposal. First, they will carry out several campaigns in the upwelling area off northwest Africa, a region of low salinity, and will compare it with measurements in the area surrounding the Canary Islands, a region of higher salinity. This will be done with the purpose to calibrate the sensor. CAPO group has a satellite receiving station acquiring daily images of Sea Surface Temperature which will help to this objective. Second, they will apply these data to different oceanographic studies: 1) Time and space variability of the upwelling off nortwest Africa; 2) The influence of ENSO (El Niño - Southern Oscillation) in the southeast North Atlantic.