Civil and Coastal Engineering Department
365 Weil Hall
PO Box 116580
Gainesville, FL, 32611
Ph.D., M.S., State University of New York (1992, 1988)
B.S., Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico (1985)
Coastal Physical Oceanography
Studies 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.
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, coastal lagoons and
bays. 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 seeks to understand processes that favor ocean water intrusion into freshwater aquifers and estuaries. In particular, he is studying how sea-level variability affects saltwater intrusion.
Dr. Valle-Levinson has also investigated the potential impact of 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.
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