Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Piero Mazzini - Assistant Professor

Physical Oceanography
Romberg Tiburon Center and Department of Earth & Climate Sciences


Phone: (415) 338-3706

Lab website: coming soon!

Research Interests

I am a coastal physical oceanographer, and my general interest is to understand how the coastal ocean responds to wind-forcing, freshwater input from rivers, and how mass and momentum are exchanged between shelf-estuaries and between shelf-deep ocean. My interest for these topics arise due to their impact on the transport and fate of sediments, oxygen, nutrients, larvae, as well as dispersion of pollutants, and hence affecting the health of marine ecosystems.

In my research, I use a combination of different tools to study the
coastal ocean dynamics, such as underwater gliders, moorings,
shipboard data, satellite remote sensing (sea surface temperature, ocean color, winds, altimetry), High-Frequency land-based radars (measures surface currents), and numerical simulations using the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS).


Selected Papers

Mazzini, P. L. F. and Chant, R.J. 2016. Two-dimensional circulation and mixing in the far field of a surface-advected river plume. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 121, 3757-3776, doi:10.1002/2015JC011059.

Mazzini, P.L.F., C. M. Risien, J. A. Barth, S. Pierce, A. Erofeev, E. Dever, M. Kosro, M. Levine, R. K. Shearman, M. Vardaro. 2015. Anomalous near-surface low-salinity pulses off the central Oregon coast. Scientific Reports, 5, 17145, doi: 10.1038/srep17145.

Mazzini, P.L.F., J.A. Barth, R.K. Shearman, and A. Erofeev. 2014. Buoyancy-driven coastal currents off Oregon during fall and winter. Journal of Physical Oceanography, 44, 28542876, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0012.1.

Mazzini, P.L.F., and J. A. Barth. 2013. A comparison of mechanisms generating vertical transport in the Brazilian coastal upwelling regions. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118, 59775993, doi: 10.1002/2013JC008924.

Pianca, C., P.L.F. Mazzini, and E. Siegle. 2010. Brazilian offshore wave climate based on NWW3 reanalysis. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography, vol.58, n.1, pp. 53-70 .

Mazzini, P.L.F. and C.A.F. Schettini. 2009. Avaliacao de metodologias de interpolacao espacial aplicadas a dados hidrograficos costeiros quase-sinoticos. Brazilian Journal of Aquatic Science and Technology, v. 13, p. 53-64.


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