I’m a PhD candidate in the Climate-Ocean-Atmosphere Program at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. I combine theory, observations, and computer simulations to study how the ocean flows and shapes the climate. My recent research has targeted the turbulent and wavy dynamics of the upper ocean at horizontal scales between 1-300 km. You can find more about me on my vitae and bio sketch. I also have a cv of failures.


I strongly believe scientists must share code and data. Check out my repositories on github and the links on my publication list. I’m a member of NumFOCUS (open code, better science), I agree with Lorena Barba, and I endorse the science code manifesto.



Ardhuin, F., Gille, S. T., Menemenlis, D., Rocha, C. B., Rascle, N., Chapron, B., Gula, J., Molemaker, J.,: Small-scale open-ocean currents have large effects on wind-wave heights, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, in press, doi: 10.1002/2016JC012413.

Rocha, C. B., S. T. Gille, T. K. Chereskin, D. Menemenlis: Seasonality of submesoscale dynamics in the Kuroshio Extension (2016), Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, doi: 10.1002/2016GL071349. (project repository, corrigendum, EOS research spotlight.)

Rocha, C. B., T. Chereskin, S. T. Gille, and D. Menemenlis (2016): Mesoscale to submesoscale wavenumber spectra in Drake Passage, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 601-620, doi:10.1175/JPO-D-15-0087.1. (preprint, data and codes.)

Rocha, C. B., W. R. Young, and I. Grooms (2016): On Galerkin approximations of the surface-active quasigeostrophic equations, J. Phys. Oceanogr., 46, 125–139, doi:10.1175/JPO- D-15-0073.1. (pdf, arXiv, codes, algebra details, wordle.)

Rocha, C. B., I. C. A. da Silveira, B. M. Castro, and J. A. M. Lima (2014), Vertical structure, energetics, and dynamics of the Brazil Current System at 22S–28S, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 52–69, doi:10.1002/2013JC009143.

Rocha, C. B., A. Tandon, I. C. A. da Silveira, and J. A. M. Lima (2013), Traditional quasi-geostrophic modes and surface quasi-geostrophic solutions in the Southwestern Atlantic, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 118, 2734–2745. doi:10.1002/jgrc.20214.

The gray literature

Rocha, C. B., 2015: Coupled reduced equations for strongly stratified flows, Proceedings of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA.