Arnoldo Valle-Levinson


Civil and Coastal Engineering Department
365 Weil Hall
PO Box 116580
Gainesville, FL, 32611
352-392-9537 ext. 1479

Ph.D., M.S., State University of New York (1992, 1988)
B.S., Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico (1985)

Physical Oceanography
Observations and numerical modeling of estuarine and coastal hydrodynamic processes; estuary-ocean exchange; competition between buoyancy and mixing.

Dr. Valle-Levinson came to University of Florida in August 2005. Throughout his career, he has carried out observational and theoretical studies on exchange processes in semienclosed basins. His work has concentrated in the hydrodynamics of fjords, as well as of temperate, subtropical, and tropical systems. He conducted the first studies that used high resolution acoustic Doppler current profiler measurements in the lower Chesapeake Bay, in Chilean and Argentinean waters, in Central American coastal waters, and in Mexican coastal lagoons.

Research Interests.

Dr. Valle-Levinson is interested in studying the effects of bathymetry on volume exchange at the mouth of semienclosed basins, with emphasis on estuaries, fjords and coastal lagoons. He studies bathymetric effects on wind-induced, density-induced and tidally induced exchange processes between semi-enclosed basins and the adjacent coastal ocean. Recently, he is focusing efforts to understand processes that favor ocean water intrusion into freshwater aquifers. Dr. Valle-Levinson has also investigated the potential impact of those exchange processes on nutrient fluxes, harmful algae and ichthyoplankton transport. He has carried out research on the role of transverse circulation and vertical mixing in estuarine transport processes. Moreover, he has characterized the shape of density-driven exchange flows in terms of the dynamic width and depth of the basins involved.

Curriculum Vitae

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Below are publications for which I have a PDF file. Click on the reference to request the PDF file. For an entire list of publications, please refer to the CV .

Waterhouse, A., B. Tutak, A. Valle-Levinson, P. Sheng, Influence of two tropical storms on the residual flow in a subtropical tidal inlet, Estuaries and Coasts, 36, 1037-1053, doi: 10.1007/s12237-013-9606-3, 2013.

Winant, C.D., A. Valle-Levinson, A. Ponte, C.D. Winant, G. Gutierrez de Velasco, K. Winters, Observations on the lateral structure of wind-driven flows in a stratified, semiarid bay of the Gulf of California, Estuaries and Coasts, doi: 10.1007/s12237-013-9641-0, 2013.

Basdurak, N.B., A. Valle-Levinson and P. Cheng, Lateral structure of tidal asymmetry in vertical mixing and its impact on exchange flow in a coastal plain estuary, Cont. Shelf Res., 64, 20-32. 2013.

Valle-Levinson, A., M. Olabarrieta, and A. Valle, Semidiurnal perturbations to the surge of Hurricane Sandy, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 2211-2217, doi:10.1002/grl.50461, 2013.

Serrano, D., E. Ramírez-Félix and A. Valle-Levinson, Tidal hydrodynamics in a two-inlet coastal lagoon in the Gulf of California, Cont. Shelf Res., 63,1-12, 2013.

Cheng, P., H. E. de Swart, and A. Valle-Levinson, Role of asymmetric tidal mixing in the subtidal dynamics of narrow estuaries, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, 2623-2639, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20189, 2013.

Basdurak, B. and A. Valle-Levinson, Tidal variability of lateral advection in a coastal plain estuary, Cont. Shelf Res., 61-62, 85-97, 2013.

Bravo, L., M. Ramos, M. Sobarzo, O. Pizarro, and A. Valle-Levinson, Barotropic and baroclinic semidiurnal tidal currents in two contrasting coastal upwelling zones of Chile, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, 1226-1238, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20128, 2013.

Lee, J., and A. Valle-Levinson, Bathymetric effects on estuarine plume dynamics, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, 1969-1981, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20119, 2013.

Expósito-Díaz, G., M.A. Monreal-Gómez, A. Valle-Levinson and D.A. Salas de León, Tidal variations of turbulence at a spring discharging to a tropical estuary, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 898-903, doi:10.1002/grl.50194, 2013.

Lee, J., B. Webb, K. Park, B. Dzwonkowski and A. Valle-Levinson, Bathymetric influences on tidal currents at the entrance to a highly stratified, shallow estuary, Cont. Shelf Res., 58, 1-11, 2013.

Pérez-Santos, I., J. Garcés-Vargas, W. Schneider, S. Parra, L. Ross & A. Valle-Levinson Doble difusión a partir de mediciones de microestructura en canales y fiordos de la Patagonia Central (47.85°S) (Chile), Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research , 41(1), 2013

Reyes-Hernandez, C. and A. Valle-Levinson, Fortnightly variations of the lateral structure of flow and hydrography at the Chesapeake Bay entrance, Cont. Shelf Res., 52, 46-61,, 2013.

Basdurak, N. B. and A. Valle-Levinson, Influence of Advective Accelerations on Estuarine Exchange at a Chesapeake Bay Tributary, J. Phys. Oceanogr. 42(10), 1617-1634, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-11-0134.1, 2012.

Waterhouse, A., A. Valle-Levinson and R. Morales-Perez, Tidal asymmetries in velocities and stratification over a bathymetric depression in a tropical inlet, Cont. Shelf Res., 48, 87-99, 2012.

Arnott, K., A. Valle-Levinson and M. Luther, Friction-Dominated Exchange in a Florida Estuary, Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 113, 248-258, 2012.

Cho, K-H, H.V. Wang, J. Shen, A. Valle-Levinson, Y.-c. Teng, A modeling study on the response of Chesapeake Bay to hurricane events of Floyd and Isabel. Ocean Modelling, 49-50, 22-46, 2012.

Lee, J. and A. Valle-Levinson, Influence of bathymetry on hydrography and circulation at the region between an estuary mouth and the adjacent continental shelf. Cont. Shelf Res., 41, 77-91, 2012.

Ponte, A., G. Gutierrez, A. Valle-Levinson, C. Winant, and K. Winters, Wind-Driven Subinertial Circulation inside a Semienclosed Bay in the Gulf of California, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 42, 940-955, DOI: 10.1175/JPO-D-11-0103.1, 2012.

Valle-Levinson, A., Impact of record flooding of a subtropical river on estuary/ocean exchange, Ocean Dynamics, 62(1), 77-85, DOI 10.1007/s10236-011-0491-7, 2012.

Shaha, D.C., Y-K. Cho, T-W. Kim, and A. Valle-Levinson, Spatio-temporal variation of flushing time in the Sumjin River Estuary, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 23(1), doi: 10.3319/TAO.2011.08.22.01, 2012.

Valle-Levinson A. Large Estuaries (Effects of Rotation). In: Wolanski E and McLusky DS (eds.) Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, Vol 2, pp. 123-140. Waltham: Academic Press, 2011.

Valle-Levinson A. Classification of Estuarine Circulation. In: Wolanski E and McLusky DS (eds.) Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science, Vol 1, pp. 75-86. Waltham: Academic Press, 2011.

Moraga-Opazo, J., A. Valle-Levinson, M. Ramos and M. Pizarro-Koch, Upwelling-triggered near-geostrophic recirculation in an equatorward facing embayment, Cont. Shelf Res., 31, 1991-1999, 2011.

Waterhouse, A.F., A. Valle-Levinson, and C.D. Winant, Tides in a System of Connected Estuaries, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 41, 946-959, 2011.

Valle-Levinson, A., I. Mariño-Tapia, C. Enriquez, and A.F. Waterhouse, Tidal variability of salinity and velocity fields related to intense point-source submarine groundwater discharges into the coastal ocean, Limnol. Oceanogr., 56(4), 1213–1224, doi:10.4319/lo.2011.56.4.1213, 2011.

Torres, R., M. Frangopulos, M. Hamame, V. Montecino, C. Maureira, G. Pizarro, B. Reid, A. Valle-Levinson, J. L. Blanco, Nitrate to silicate ratio variability and the composition of micro-phytoplankton blooms in the inner-fjord of Seno Ballena (Strait of Magellan, 54S), Continental Shelf Research, 31(3-4), 244-253, DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2010.07.014, 2011.

Cheng, P. A. Valle-Levinson, H. E. de Swart, A numerical study of residual circulation induced by asymmetric tidal mixing in tidally dominated estuaries, J. Geophys. Res., 116, C01017, doi:10.1029/2010JC006137, 2011.

Díaz, P., C. Molinet, M.A. Cáceres, A. Valle-Levinson, Seasonal and intratidal distribution of Dinophysis spp. in a Chilean fjord, Harmful Algae, 10, 155-164, 2011.

Cheng, P. A., Valle-Levinson, H. E. de Swart, Residual currents induced by asymmetric tidal mixing in weakly stratified narrow estuaries, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 40, 2135-2147, 2010.

Reyes, A.C. and A. Valle-Levinson, Wind modifications to density-driven flows in semienclosed, rotating basins, J. Physical Oceanography, 40, 1473-1487, 2010.

Safak, I., A. Sheremet, A. Valle-Levinson, A. Waterhouse, Variation of overtides by wave enhanced bottom drag in a North Florida tidal inlet, Cont. Shel Res., 30, 1963-1970, 2010.

Pérez-Santos, I., W. Schneider, M. Sobarzo, R. Montoya-Sánchez, A. Valle-Levinson, and J. Garcés-Vargas, Surface wind variability and its implications for the Yucatan basin-Caribbean Sea dynamics, J. Geophys. Res., 115, C10052, doi:10.1029/2010JC006292, 2010.

Cheng, P. A., Valle-Levinson, C.D. Winant, A.L.S. Ponte, G. Gutierrez, K.B. Winters, Upwelling-enhanced seasonal stratification in a semiarid bay, Cont. Shelf. Res.,30, 1241-1249, 2010.

Waterhouse, A. and A. Valle-Levinson, Transverse structure of subtidal flow in a weakly stratified subtropical tidal inlet, Cont. Shelf. Res., 30, 281-292, 2010.

Valle-Levinson, A. and X. Guo, Asymmetries in tidal flow over a Seto Inland Sea scour pit, J. Marine Research., 67(5), 619-635, 2009.

Murphy, P., A. Waterhouse, A. Penko, T. Hesser and A. Valle-Levinson, Subtidal flow and its variability at the entrance to a subtropical lagoon, Cont. Shelf Res., 29, 2318-2332, 2009.

Cheng, P. and A. Valle-Levinson, Influence of lateral advection on residual currents in microtidal estuaries, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 39, 3177-3190, 2009.

Cheng, P. and A. Valle-Levinson, Spatial variations of flow structure over estuarine hollows, Continental Shelf Research, 29, 927-937, 2009.

Salas-Monreal, D. and A. Valle-Levinson, Continuously stratified flow dynamics over a hollow, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, C03021, doi:10.1029/2007JC004648, 2009.

Valle-Levinson,A., G. Gutierrez de Velasco, A. Trasviña, A. Souza, R. Durazo, A. Mehta, Residual exchange flows in subtropical estuaries, Estuaries and Coasts, 32, 54-67, doi:10.1007/s12237-008-9112-1, 2009.

Murphy, P. and A. Valle-Levinson, Tidal and residual circulation in the St. Andrew Bay system, Florida, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 2678-2688, 2008.

Cáceres, M., A. Valle-Levinson, M. Bello, Residual flow over a bump in Quellón Bay, Revista de Biología Marina y Oceanografía, 43(3), 2008.

Narváez, D. A., and A. Valle-Levinson, Transverse structure of wind-driven flow at the entrance to an estuary: Nansemond River, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C09004, doi:10.1029/2008JC004770, 2008.

Guo, X. and A. Valle-Levinson. Wind effects on the lateral structure of density-driven circulation in Chesapeake Bay, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 2450-2471, 2008.

Caliskan, H. and A. Valle-Levinson. Wind-wave transformations in an elongated bay, Continental Shelf Research, 28, 1702-1710, 2008.

Framiñan, M. B., A. Valle-Levinson, H. H. Sepúlveda, and O. B. Brown, Tidal variations of flow convergence, shear, and stratification at the Rio de la Plata estuary turbidity front, J. Geophys. Res., 113, C08035, doi:10.1029/2006JC004038, 2008.

Valle-Levinson, A. Density-driven exchange flow in terms of the Kelvin and Ekman numbers, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, C04001, doi:10.1029/2007JC004144, 2008.
CORRECTION to the paper above.

Salas-Monreal, D. and A. Valle-Levinson, Sea-level slopes and volume fluxes produced by atmospheric forcing in estuaries: Chesapeake Bay case study, Journal of Coastal Research, 24(2B), 208-217, 2008.

Cáceres, M., A. Valle-Levinson, J. Fierro, M. Bello, M. Castillo, Características del flujo residual en canales Pulluche y Chacabuco, Ciencia y Tecnología del Mar, 30(2), 17-36, 2007.

Webb, B.M., King, J.N., Tutak, B., Valle-Levinson, A., Flow structure at a trifurcation near a North Florida inlet, Continental Shelf Research, 27, 1528-1547, 10.1016/j.csr.2007.01.021, 2007.

Valle-Levinson, A., K. Holderied, C. Li, R. Chant, Subtidal flow structure at the turning region of a wide outflow plume, JGR,112, C04004, doi:10.1029/2006JC003746, 2007.

Valle-Levinson, A., J.L. Blanco, and M. Frangopulos, Depth-dependent overtides from internal tide reflection in a glacial fjord, Estuaries and Coasts, 30(1), 127-136, 2007.

Valle-Levinson, A., N. Sarkar, R. Sanay, D. Soto and J. León, Spatial structure of hydrography and flow in a Chilean Fjord, Estuario Reloncaví, Estuaries and Coasts, 30(1), 113-126, 2007.

Guo, X., and Valle-Levinson, A., Tidal effects on estuarine circulation and outflow plume in the Chesapeake Bay, Cont. Shelf. Res., 27, 20-42, 2007.

Kumar, A., A. Valle-Levinson and L. Atkinson, Observation of shelfwater overrunning the southern slope sea. Progress in Oceanography, 70, 213-232, 2006.

Huijts, K.M.H., H.M. Schuttelaars, H.E. de Swart, A. Valle-Levinson, Lateral entrapment of sediment in tidal estuaries: an idealized model study, J. Geophys Res., Vol. 111, C12016, doi:10.1029/2006JC003615, 2006.

Yannicelli, B., L. R. Castro, A. Valle-Levinson, L. Atkinson, and D. Figueroa, Vertical distribution of decapod larvae in the entrance of an equatorward facing bay of central Chile: implications for transport, J. Plankton Res., 28(1), 19-37; doi:10.1093/plankt/fbi098, 2006.

Valle-Levinson, A. and J. Moraga, Observations of bipolar residual circulation in two equatorward-facing semiarid bays, Cont. Shelf Res., 26, 179-193, 2006.

Stacey, M. and A. Valle-Levinson, Simulation and energy partition of the flow through Paso Galvarino, Chile, J. Mar. Res., 64(2), 249-266, 2006.

Valle-Levinson, A., J.L. Blanco and M. Frangopulos, Hydrography and frontogenesis in a glacial fjord off the Strait of Magellan. Ocean Dynamics, 56, 217-227, DOI: 10.1007/s10236-005-0048-8, 2006.

Cáceres, M., A. Valle-Levinson, C. Molinet, M. Castillo, M. Bello, C. Moreno, Lateral variability of flow over a sill in a channel of southern Chile. Ocean Dynamics, 56, 352-359, DOI: 10.1007/s10236-006-0077-y, 2006.

Sepulveda, A., A. Valle-Levinson and M. Framiñan, Observations of subtidal and tidal flows in the Rio de la Plata estuary, Cont. Shelf Res., 24(4-5), 509-525, doi:10.1016/j.csr.2003.12.002, 2004.

Valle-Levinson, A. and J.L. Blanco, Observations of wind influence on exchange flows in a strait of the Chilean Inland Sea, J. Marine Research, 62(5), 721-741, 2004.

Li., C., A. Valle-Levinson, L. Atkinson, K.C. Wong, K. Lwiza, Estimation of drag coefficient in James River Estuary using tidal velocity data from a vessel-towed ADCP, J. Geophys. Res., 109 (C3), C03034 10.1029/2003JC001991, 2004.

Cáceres, M. and A. Valle-Levinson, Transverse variability of flow on both sides of a sill/contraction combination in a fjord-like inlet of southern Chile, Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 60, 325-338, 2004.

Valle-Levinson, A., A. Trasviña, G. Gutiérrez and R. González, Diurnal vertical motions over a seamount of the southern Gulf of California, J. Marine Systems, 50, 61-77, 2004.

Cáceres, M., A. Valle-Levinson, and L. Atkinson, Observations of cross-channel structure of flow in an energetic tidal channel, J. Geophys. Res., 108(C4), 3114, doi:10.1029/2001JC000968, 2003.

Valle-Levinson, A., L.P. Atkinson, D. Figueroa and L. Castro, Flow induced by upwelling winds in an equatorward facing bay: Gulf of Arauco, Chile, J. Geophys., 108(C2), 3054, doi:10.1029/2001JC001272, 2003.

Valle-Levinson, A., C. Reyes and R. Sanay, Effects of bathymetry, friction and Earth's rotation on estuary/ocean exchange, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 33(11), 2375-2393, 2003.

Valle-Levinson, A., W.C. Boicourt, and M. Roman, On the linkages among density, flow, and bathymetry gradients at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, Estuaries, 26(6), 1437-1449, 2003.

Caceres, M. A. Valle-Levinson, H.H. Sepulveda, K. Holderied, Transverse variability of flow and density in a Chilean fjord, Cont. Shelf Res., 22, 1683-1698, 2002.

Wong, K. and A. Valle-Levinson, On the relative importance of the remote and local wind effects on the subtidal exchange at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay, J. Mar. Res., 60, 477-498, 2002.

Locarnini, R., L. Atkinson, and A. Valle-Levinson, Real-time monitoring of mean temperature and salinity conditions at the Chesapeake Bay Mouth, Estuaries, 25(1), 1-5, 2002.

Valle-Levinson A., K. Wong and K. Bosley, Response of the lower Chesapeake Bay to forcing from Hurricane Floyd. Continental Shelf Research, 22, 1715-1729, 2002.

Valle-Levinson, A., K. Wong, and K. Bosley, Observations of the wind-induced exchange at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay, J. Mar. Res., 59(3), 391-416, 2001.

Valle-Levinson, A., J.A. Delgado, and L.P. Atkinson, Reversing Water Exchange Patterns at the Entrance to a Semiarid Coastal Lagoon, Estuar. Coast. Shelf Sci., 53, 825-838, 2001.

Valle-Levinson, A., J. Moraga, J. Olivares, and J. Blanco, Tidal and Residual Circulation in a Semiarid Bay: Coquimbo Bay, Chile, Continental Shelf Research, 20(15), 2009-2028, 2000.

Valle-Levinson, A., K.C. Wong, and K.M.M. Lwiza, Fortnightly variability in the transverse dynamics of a coastal plain estuary, J. Geophys. Res, 105(C2), 3413-3424, 2000.

Valle-Levinson, A., C. Li, K. Wong, and K.M.M. Lwiza, Convergence of Lateral Flow Along a Coastal Plain Estuary, J. Geophys. Res., 105(C7), 17,045-17,061, 2000.

Valle-Levinson, A. and L. Atkinson. Spatial gradients in the flow over an estuarine channel. Estuaries, 22(2A), 179-193, 1999.

Li, C.Y., A. Valle-Levinson, K.C. Wong, and K.M.M. Lwiza. Separating baroclinic flow from tidally induced flow in estuaries. Journal of Geophysical Research, 103(C5), 10,405-10,417, 1998.

Valle-Levinson, A., R. E. Wilson and R. L. Swanson. 1995. Physical mechanisms leading to hypoxia and anoxia in western Long Island Sound. Environment International, 21(5), 657-666.


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