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Dr Francesco Nencioli

Marine Earth Observation Scientist

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I am an oceanographer mainly interested in studying meso- and submesoscale processes and their impact on biogeochemical dynamics by combining remote sensing and in situ observations.

Originally from Italy (where I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna), I have also worked in the US (PhD in Oceanography at the University of California Santa Barbara) and in France (postdocs in Marseille and Brest).

At PML I am currently involved in the activities of the Sentinel-3 Mission Performance Center (satellite altimetry) as well as those of the Atlantic Meridional Transect cruise (in situ optical observations).


Sea State CCI

Sea State CCI

Contact: Dr Graham Quartly

Sea State CCI is part of the European Space Agency's programme to deliver long-term homogeneous datasets covering many of the recognised...


SOLSTICE-WIO: Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean

Contact: Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou

SOLSTICE – WIO is a four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address...

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Other key projects

  • GlobCurrent
  • Sentinel-3 Mission Performance Center
  • MASSMO – Marine Autonomous Systems for Marine Observations 

Recent publications

  • Nencioli, F; Dall’Olmo, G; Quartly, GD. 2018 Agulhas ring transport efficiency from combined satellite altimetry and Argo profiles. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.
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  • Nencioli, F; Quartly, GD. 2018 Exploring the synergy between along-track altimetry and tracer fronts to reconstruct surface ocean currents. Remote Sensing of Environment.
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  • Poisson, JC; Quartly, GD; Kurekin, A; Thibaut, P; Hoang, D; Nencioli, F. 2018 Development of an ENVISAT altimetry processor providing sea level continuity between open ocean and Arctic leads. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, PP. 21, pp.
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  • Sebille, EV; Griffies, SM; Abernathey, R; Adams, TP; Berloff, P; Biastoch, A; Blanke, B; Chassignet, EP; Cheng, Y; Cotter, CJ; Deleersnijder, E; Döös, K; Drake, H; Drijfhout, S; Gary, SF; Heemink, AW; Kjellsson, J; Koszalka, IM; Lange, M; Lique, C; MacGilchrist, GA; Marsh, R; Mayorga Adame, CG; McAdam, R; Nencioli, F; Paris, CB; Piggott, MD; Polton, JA; Rühs, S; Shah, SHAM; Thomas, MD; Wang, J; Wolfram, PJ; Zanna, L; Zika, JD. 2017 Lagrangian ocean analysis: fundamentals and practices. Ocean Modelling.
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  • Dall’Olmo, G; Brewin, RJW; Nencioli, F; Organelli, E; Lefering, I; McKee, D; Röttgers, R; Mitchell, C; Boss, E; Bricaud, A; Tilstone, GH. 2017 Determination of the absorption coefficient of chromophoric dissolved organic matter from underway spectrophotometry. Optics Express, 25 (24). A1079.
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  • Quartly, GD; Nencioli, F; Labroue, S; Féménias, P; Scharroo, R; Abdalla, S; Bonnefond, P; Cancet, M; Frery, ML; Raynal, M; Baker, S; Muir, A; Brockley, D; Shepherd, A; Garcia, P; Roca, M; Calmant, S; Cretaux, JF. 2017 Ensuring that the Sentinel-3A altimeter provides climate-quality data. Proc. of SPIE Remote Sensing 2017, 10422, 104220R. 16, pp.
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Selected key publications

  • Nencioli, F., F. d’Ovidio, A.M. Dolgioli and A.A. Petrenko. 2013 In-situ estimates of submesoscale horizontal eddy diffusivity across an ocean front. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 7066-7080. doi:10.1002/2013JC009252
  • Nencioli F., F. d’Ovidio, A. Doglioli, and A. Petrenko. 2011. Surface coastal circulation patterns by in-situ detection of Lagrangian Coherent Structures. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L17604. doi:10.1029/2011GL048815
  • Nencioli F., C. Dong , T.D. Dickey, L. Washburn, J.C. McWilliams. 2010. A vector geometry based eddy detection algorithm and its application to a high-resolution numerical model product and high-frequency radar surface velocities in the Southern California Bight. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 27(3), 564-579. doi:10.1175/2009JTECHO725.1
  • Nencioli, F., T.D. Dickey, V.S. Kuwahara, R.R. Bidigare and Y.M. Rii. 2008. Physical dynamics and biological implications of a mesoscale eddy in the lee of Hawaii: cyclone opal observations during E-Flux III. Deep-Sea Research II, 55, 1195-121. doi:10.1029/2009JC005346