Reviewed papers


A. Bracco, F. Falasca, A. Nenes, I. Fountalis, C. Dovrolis (2017)

Advancing climate science with Knowledge-Discovery through Data mining

NPJ Climate and Atmosph. Science, Accepted


Barkan, R., J.C. McWilliams, A.F. Shchepetkin, J. Molemaker, L. Renault, A. Bracco, J. Choi (2017)

Submesoscale dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Part I: Regional and seasonal characterization, and the role of river outflow

J. Phys. Ocean., In Press


Barkan, R., J.C. McWilliams, J. Molemaker, J. Choi, K. Srinivasan, A.F. Shchepetkin, A. Bracco (2017)

Submesoscale dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Part II: Temperature-Salinity Relations and Cross Shelf Transport processes

J. Phys. Ocean., In Press


Choi, J., A. Bracco, R. Barkan, A. F. Shchepetkin, J.C. McWilliams, J. Molemaker (2017)

Submesoscale dynamics in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Part III: Lagrangian implications

J. Phys. Ocean., In Press


Tagklis, F., A. Bracco, T. Ito (2017)

Physically driven patchy O2 changes in the North Atlantic Ocean simulated by the CMIP5 Earth System Models.

Global Biogeochem. Cycles, doi:10.1002/2016GB005617, In Press


Fountalis, I., A. Bracco, B. Dilkina, C. Dovrolis (2017)

Delta-MAPS: From spatio-temporal data to a weighted and lagged network between functional domains

Proceedings of the Workshop on Mining Big Data in Climate and Environment (MBDCE 2017), In Press


Zhong, Y., A. Bracco , J. Tian, J. Dong, W., Zhao, Z. Zhang (2017)

Observed and simulated vertical pump of an anticyclonic eddy in the South China Sea.

Scientific Reports , 44011, doi:10.1038/srep44011 [file]


Stammer, D., A. Bracco , V. Detemmerman (2017)

CLIVAR looks to the future at conference marking 20th anniversary

EOS, 98, doi.org/10.1029/2017EO073225


Joye, S.B., A. Bracco, T. Ozgokmen, J.P. Chanton, M. Grosell, I. MacDonald, E.E. Cordes, J.P. Montoya, U. Passow (2016)

The Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, six years after the Macondo oil well blowout

Deep Sea Res. II, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.04.018 [pdf file]


Cardona Y., D.V. Ruiz-Ramos, I.B. Baums, A. Bracco (2016)

Potential connectivity of coldwater black coral communities in the northern Gulf of Mexico

PLOS ONE, 11(5): e0156257. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156257[pdf file]


Luo H., R. Castelao, A. K. Rennermalm, M. Tedesco, A. Bracco, P. L. Yager, T. L. Mote (2016)

Oceanic transport of surface meltwater from the southern Greenland ice sheet

Nature Geoscience, doi:10.1038/NGEO2708 [link to Nat. Geo. file]


Cardona Y., A. Bracco, T. A. Villareal, A. Subramaniam, S. C. Weber, J. P. Montoya (2016)

Highly variable nutrient concentrations in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Deep Sea Res. II, doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.04.010 [pdf file]


Luo, H., A. Bracco, Y. Cardona and J.C. McWilliams (2016)

The submesoscale circulation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Surface processes and the impact of the freshwater river input

Ocean Modelling, 101, 68-82, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.03.003 [pdf file]


A. Bracco, J. Choi, K. Joshi, H. Luo and J.C. McWilliams (2016)

The submesoscale circulation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico: Deep phenomena and dispersion over the continental slope.

Ocean Modelling, 101, 43-58, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.03.002 [pdf file]


Kleindienst, S., S. Grim, M. Sogin, A. Bracco, M. Crespo-Medina and S. B. Joye   (2015) 

Diverse, rare microbial taxa responded to the Deepwater Horizon deep-sea hydrocarbon plume

The ISME Journal, doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.121 [Link to Journal]


Ito, T.,A. Bracco, C. Deutsch, H. Frenzel, M. Long and Y. Takano   (2015) 

Sustained growth of the Southern Ocean carbon storage in a warming climate

Geoph. Res. Letters, 42, 4516-4522 [Link to Journal]


A. Bracco, M. Long, N. Levine, Q. Thomas, C. Deutsch and G. McKinley   (2015) 

NCAR’s Summer Colloquium: Capacity building in Cross-disciplinary Research of Earth System Carbon-climate Connections

BAMS, doi:http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00246.1 [Link to Journal]


Fountalis, I.,A. Bracco and C. Dovrolis   (2015) 

Network connectivity in climate simulations from the recent past to the twenty-third century

Climate Dyn., 45, 511-538 [pdf file]


Luo, H., A. Bracco , and F. Zhang (2014) 

The seasonality of convective events in the Labrador Sea

J. Climate , 27, 6456-6471 [pdf file]


Crespo-Medina, M., C. D. Meile, K. S. Hunter, A-R. Diercks, V. L. Asper, V. J. Orphan, P. L. Tavormina,

L. M. Nigro, J. J. Battles, J. P. Chanton, A. M. Shiller, D-J. Joung, R. M.W. Amon, A. Bracco, J. P. Montoya,

T. A. Villareal, A. M.Wood and S. B. Joye (2014)

The rise and fall of a methanotrophy following a deepwater oil-well blowout

Nature Geoscience, http://10.1038/ngeo2156, [Link to journal]


Cardona Y. and A. Bracco (2014)

Predictability of mesoscale circulation throughout the water column in the Gulf of Mexico

Deep Sea Res. II, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.01.008, [pdf file]


Foudalis I., A. Bracco and C. Dovrolis (2014)

Spatio-temporal network analysis for studying climate patterns

Climate Dyn., 42, 879-899, doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1729-5, [pdf file]


Di Lorenzo, E., V. Combes, J. E. Keister, T. P. Strub, A. C. Thomas, P. J.S. Franks, M. D. Ohman,

J. Furtado, Bracco A., S. J. Bograd, W. T. Peterson, F. B. Schwing, S. Chiba, B. Taguchi, S. Hormazabal, and C. Parada (2013)

Synthesis of Pacific Ocean climate and ecosystem dynamics

Oceanography,26(4), 68–81, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2013.76, [pdf file]


Zhong Y., and A. Bracco,  (2013) 

Submesoscale impacts on horizontal and vertical transport in the Gulf of Mexico

J. Geoph. Res. - Oceans , 118, 5651-5668, doi:10.1002/jgrc.20402, [pdf file]


Bracco A., D. J. Neelin, H. Luo, J. C. McWilliams, J. E. Meyerson   (2013) 

High dimensional decision dilemmas in climate models

Geosci. Model Dev. , 6, 1673-1687, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-1673-2013, [pdf file]


Barimalala R., A. Bracco,  F. Kucharski, J. P. McCreary and A. Crise (2013) 

Arabian ecosystem response to the south tropical Atlantic teleconnection

J. Marine Systems, 117-118, 14-30 [pdf file]


Luo H., A. Bracco, I. Yashayaev and E. Di Lorenzo (2012)

The interannual variability of potential temperature in the central Labrador Sea

J. Geoph. Research - Oceans, 117, C10016, doi:10.1029/2012JC007988 [pdf file]


Cardona Y., and A. Bracco (2012)

Enhanced vertical mixing within mesoscale eddies due to high frequency winds in the South China Sea

Ocean Modeling, 42, 1-15, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2011.11.004 [pdf file]


Zhong Y., A. Bracco and T. Villareal (2012)

Pattern formation at the ocean surface: Sargassum distribution and the role of the eddy field

L&O Fluid and Environments, 2, 12-27, doi:10.1215/21573689-1573372 [pdf file]


Barimalala R., A. Bracco and F. Kucharski (2012)

The representation of the South Tropical Atlantic teleconnection t o the Indian Ocean in the AR4 coupled models

Climate Dyn., 38, 1147-1166, doi:10.1007/s00382-011-1082-5 [pdf file]


Luo H., A. Bracco and E. Di Lorenzo (2011)

The interannual variability of the surface eddy kinetic energy in the Labrador Sea

Progress in Oceanography, doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2011.01.006 [pdf file]


 Neelin J. D., A. Bracco, H. Luo, J.C. McWilliams and J.E. Meyerson (2010)

Considerations for parameter optimization and sensitivity in climate models

Proc. Nat. Acad. Science, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1015473107 [pdf file]


Di Lorenzo E., K.M. Cobb, J.C. Furtado, N. Schneider, A. Bracco, M.A. Alexander and D.J. Vimont (2010)

Central Pacific El Nino and decadal climate change in the North Pacific Ocean

Nature Geosciences, doi: 10.1038/NGEO984 [pdf file]


Kucharski F., A. Bracco, R. Barimalala and J.H. Yoo (2010)

Contribution of the east-west thermal heating contrast to the South Asian Monsoon and consequences for its variability

Climate Dyn., doi: 10.1007/s00382-010-0858-3 [pdf file]


Bracco A. and J. C. McWilliams (2010)

Reynolds-number dependency in homogeneous, stationary two-dimensional turbulence.

J. Fluid Mechanics, 646, 517-526 [pdf file]


Koszalka I., L. Ceballos and A. Bracco

Vertical mixing and coherent anticyclones in the ocean: The role of stratification (2010)

NonLinear Processes in Geosciences, 17, 37-47 [pdf file]


Koszalka I., A. Bracco, J. C. McWilliams and A. Provenzale (2009)

Dynamics of wind-forced coherent anticyclones in the open ocean.

J. Geophysical Research -Oceans, 114, C08011, doi:10.1029/2009JC005388 [pdf file]


Di Lorenzo E., J. Fiechter, N. Schneider, A. Bracco, A. J. Miller, P. J. S. Franks, S. J. Bograd , A. M. Moore, A. Thomas, W. Crawford A. Pena and A. Herman (2009)

Nutrient and Salinity Decadal Variations in the central and eastern North Pacific.

Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2009GL038261. [pdf file]


Wang C., F. Kucharski, R. Barimalala and A. Bracco (2009)

Teleconnections of the Tropical Atlantic to the Tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans: A Review of Recent Findings

Special Issue of Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 18, 445-454, doi:10.1127/0945 [pdf file]


Furtado J.C., E. Di Lorenzo, K.M. Cobb and A. Bracco (2009)

Paleoclimate reconstructions of tropical seas surface temperatures from precipitation proxies: Methods, uncertainties and nonstationarity.

J. Climate, 22(5),1104-1123, doi:10.1175/2008JCLI2415.1 [pdf file]


Kucharski F., A. Bracco, J.H. Yoo, A. Tompkins, L. Feudale, P. Ruti and A. dell'Aquila (2009)

A Gill-Mastuno-type mechanism explains the Tropical Atlantic influence on African and Indian Monsoon rainfall

Quart. J. Royal Meteor. Soc. - doi:10.1002/qj.406, 135, 569-579 [pdf file]


Bracco A., S. Clayton and C. Pasquero (2009)

Horizontal advection, diffusion and plankton spectra at the sea surface.

J. Geophysical Research - Oceans, 114, C02001, doi:10.1029/2007JC004671 [pdf file]


Bracco A., J. Pedlosky, R. S. Pickart (2008)

Eddy formation near the West coast of Greenland

J. Physical Oceanography, 38(9), 1992-2002 [pdf file]


Kucharski F., A. Bracco, J.H. Yoo and F. Molteni (2008)

The Atlantic forced component of the Indian Monsoon interannual variability

Geophysical Research Letters, L04706, doi:10129/2007GL033037 [pdf file]


Koszalka I., A. Bracco, C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2007)

Plankton cycles disguised by turbulent advection

Theoretical Population Biology, doi:10.1016/j.tpb.2007.03.007. [pdf file]


Kucharski F., A. Bracco, J.H. Yoo and F. Molteni (2007)

Low-frequency variability of the Indian monsoon - ENSO relation and the Tropical Atlantic:

The 'weakening' of the '80s and '90s.

J. Climate, 20(16)  4255-4266 [pdf file]


Bracco A., F. Kucharski, F. Molteni, W. Hazeleger and C. Savierijns (2007)

A recipe for simulating the interannual variability of the Asian summer monsoon and its relation with ENSO

Climate Dynamics doi: 10.1007/s000382-006-0190-0 [pdf file]


Kucharski F., F.  Molteni F. and A. Bracco (2006)

Decadal interactions between the Western tropical Pacific and the North Atlantic Oscillation

Climate Dynamics, 26(1), 79-91, doi 10.1007/s000382-005-0085-5 [pdf file]


Bracco A., F. Kucharski, F. Molteni, W. Hazeleger and C. Severijns (2005)

Internal and forced modes of variability in the Indian Ocean.

Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L12707, doi: 10.1029/2005GL023154. [pdf file]


Pasquero C., A. Bracco and A. Provenzale (2005)

Impact of the spatio-temporal variability of the nutrient flux on primary productivity in the ocean.

J. Geophysical Research - Oceans, 110, C07005, doi:10.129/2004JC002738. [pdf file]


Kucharski F., F.  Molteni F. and A. Bracco (2005)

A western tropical Pacific relation to the NAO.

Bull. American Meteor. Soc., 86(10), 1418-1419


Bracco A., F. Kucharski, R. Kallummal and F. Molteni (2004)

Internal variability, external forcing and climate trends in multi-decadal AGCM ensembles

Climate Dynamics, 23(6), 659-678, doi: 10.1007/s00382-004-0465-2 [pdf file]


Bracco A., J von Hardenberg, A. Provenzale, J. Weiss and J.C. McWilliams (2004)

Dispersion and mixing in quasigeostrophic turbulence.

Physical Review Letters, 92 (8), 084501-1  - 4 [pdf file]


Bracco A., E. P. Chassignet, Z. Garraffo and A. Provenzale (2003)

Lagrangian velocity distributions in a high resolution numerical simulation of the North Atlantic.

J. Atmospheric and Oceanic Techn., 8, 1212-1220 [pdf file]


Bracco A. and J. Pedlosky (2003)

Local baroclinic instabilities over variable topography in channel flows.

J. Physical Oceanography, 33, 207-219 [pdf file]


Martin A., J. K. Richards, A. Bracco and A. Provenzale (2002)

Patchy productivity in the open ocean.

Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi:10.1029/2001GB001449

Also in Editor's Choice: Biogeosciences, July 2002.


Berloff P., J. C. McWilliams and A. Bracco (2002)

Material Transport in Oceanic Gyres. Part I: Phenomenology.

J. Physical Oceanography, 32, 764-796.


Bracco A., J. C. McWilliams, G. Murante, A. Provenzale and J. B. Weiss (2000)

Revisiting 2D turbulence at millennial resolution.

Physics of Fluids, 12(11), 2931-2941 [pdf file]


Bracco A., J. LaCasce, C. Pasquero and A. Provenzale (2000)

Velocity PDFs in barotropic turbulence,

Physics of Fluids, 12, 2478-2488. [pdf file]


Bracco A., A. Provenzale, I. Scheuring, (2000)

Mesoscale vortices and the paradox of the plankton.

Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B., 267 (1454), 1795-1800. [pdf file]


Bracco A., J. LaCasce, A. Provenzale (2000)

Velocity probability density functions for oceanic floats.

J. Physical Oceanography, 30, 461-474. [pdf file]


Bracco A. (2000)

Boundary layer separation in the Surface Quasi-Geostrophic equations.

Nuovo Cimento C, 23(5), 487-506.


Bracco A. (2000)

Transport of passive tracers by monopoles on the beta-plane.

Nuovo Cimento C, 23 (6), 597-609.


Bracco A., P. Chavanis, A. Provenzale and E. A Spiegel (1999)

Particle aggregation in a turbulent keplerian flow. 

Physics of Fluids, 11, 2280. [pdf file]


Reports and volumes


Bracco A., R.K. Archibald, C. Dovrolis, I. Fountalis, H. Luo, J.D. Neelin (2015)

The parameter optimization problem in state-of-the-art climate models and network analysis for systematic data mining in model intercomparison projects.

“The Fluid Dynamics of Climate”, CISM Courses and Lectures Vol. 564, Edited by A. Provenzale, E. Palazzi and K. Fraedrich pp 121-141, Springer, doi 10.1007/978-3-7091-1893-1 [pdf file]


Ito, T., A. Bracco and C. Deutsch (2015)

The future of the Southern Ocean carbon storage in CMIP5 models

U.S. CLIVAR Variations, Spring 2015, vol. 13(2), 24-28  [link to journal]


Bracco A. and K. Johnson (2010)

Ocean carbon biogeochemistry and U.S. CLIVAR joint meeting summary

U.S. CLIVAR Variations, Summer 2010, vol. 10 [pdf file]


Bracco A., F. Kucharski and B. E. Rosenheim 

Commentary: Challenges in the Tropical Atlantic: Understanding its interannual to decadal variability. "The Atlantic Ocean: New Oceanographic Research", Nova Science Publishers, Inc. NY [pdf file]


Provenzale, A. Babiano, A. Bracco, C. Pasquero and J. Weiss (2008)

Coherent vortices and tracer transport.

In Lecture Notes Phys. 744,pp. 101-116, Springer-Verlag, Berlin [pdf file]


Pasquero C., A. Bracco, A. Provenzale and J. Weiss (2007)

Particle motion in a sea of eddies.

In Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics, edited by A. Griffa, A. D. Kirwan, A. J. Mariano, T. Ozgokmen, and T. Rossby, Cambridge University Press [pdf file]


Pasquero C., A. Bracco and A. Provenzale (2004)

Coherent vortices, Lagrangian particles and the marine ecosystem

In Shallow Flows, pp. 399-412, edited by G.H. Jirka and W.S.J. Uijttewaal,  Balkema Publishers,Leiden, NL. [pdf file]


Hazeleger W., F. Molteni, C. Severijns, R. Haarsma,  A. Bracco and F. Kucharski (2003)

SPEEDO: A flexible coupled model for climate studies.

Clivar Exchanges N. 28 - Coupled Modelling. [pdf file]


Bracco A., J. von Hardenberg, A. Provenzale, J. B. Weiss (2003)

Modeling planetary turbulence at very high Reynolds number.

In Science and Supercomputing at CINECA. [pdf file]


Bracco A., A. Provenzale, E. A Spiegel, P. A. Jecko (1999)

Spotted disks.

In Theory of Black Hole Accretion Disks, ed. M. Abramowicz, G. Bjornson, J. Pringle. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press [pdf file]


Bracco A. (1998)

Statistical properties of subsurface float trajectories in the Atlantic Ocean.

TAO Exchange Grant Technical Report.


Bracco A. (1997)

Boundary layer separation in the Surface Quasi-Geostrophic equations.

In "WHOI 1997 - Course Lectures, Abstracts of Partecipants, Program Notes'', Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Technical Report, WHOI-98-09.


Bracco A. (2000)

Dynamics of coherent vortices in geophysical flows.

PhD thesis.


Publications  Submitted


Liu, G., A. Bracco, U. Passow (2017)

Mesoscale and submesoscale circulation influences sinking particles in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, Submitted


A. Bracco, J. Choi, J. Kurian, P. Chang (2017)

Vertical and horizontal resolution dependency in the model representation of tracer dispersion in the northern Gulf of Mexico

Ocean Modell., Submitted


Sun, D., T. Ito, A. Bracco (2016)

Oceanic uptake of oxygen during deep convection events through diffusive and bubble mediated gas exchange

Global Biogeochem. Cycles, Submitted


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