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.


Open code yields better science: check out my repositories on github and the links on my publication list.



Rocha, C. B., Wagner, G. L, Young, W. R.: Stimulated generation—extraction of energy from balanced flow by near-inertial waves, submitted, J. Fluid Mechanics.


Ardhuin, F., Gille, S. T., Menemenlis, D., Rocha, C. B., Rascle, N., Chapron, B., Gula, J., Molemaker, J., (2017): Small-scale open-ocean currents have large effects on wind-wave heights, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 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

Gille, S. T. et al., 2018: Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science: A perspective from NASA-supported ocean modeling and ocean data analysis , White Paper on Best Practices for a Future Open Code Policy for NASA Space Science, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

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.

Rocha, C. B., 2013: Energetics, baroclinic instability and models of vertical structure in the Brazil Current region (22–28S), Dissertação de Mestrado, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil.