Antonietta Capotondi

Scientist - Antonietta Capotondi

Dynamics and Multiscale Interactions Team
Affiliation: CIRES

Antonietta Capotondi is a Physical Oceanographer who studies the influence of large-scale ocean circulation in climate variability and change using observations, climate models, as well as Linear Inverse Models (LIMs). A major topic of interest is El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO), with emphasis on its dynamics, diversity, decadal modulation, precursors, and impacts.

Dr. Capotondi is also interested in the variability of ocean physical properties (e.g. temperature, salinity, and resulting stratification) that can impact biological processes by directly changing the physical environment of biological species, or by altering the level of nutrient entrainment from the deep ocean to the euphotic zone. The influence of climate change on the physical environment of biological species is also an important topic of her research.

Research Interests

  • ENSO diversity and its impacts

  • Oceanic climate variability and change relevant for biology

  • Decadal Variability

  • Coastal upwelling and its relationship with leading modes of climate variability

Professional Activities

  • Member of the US CLIVAR POS Panel

  • Co-Chair of the US CLIVAR "ENSO Diversity" working group

  • • Paper Reviewer: Journal of Physical Oceanography, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Geophysical Research Letters, Climate Dynamics, Nature Geosciences, Nature Climate Change

  • Proposal Reviewer and Panelist: NSF, DOE

  • Organizer:US CLIVAR "ENSO Diversity" workshop, 6-8 February 2013, Boulder CO


  • B.S.: 1981

    Department of Physics, University of Pisa, Pisa , Italy

  • PhD: 1993

    Department of Physical Oceanography, MIT-WHOI Joint Program