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Veronica Nieves

  • Ph.D., Applied Physics and Scientific Simulation (Honors & European Doctorate Mention), Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain (2008)
  • M. Sc., Meteorology and Climatology, University of Barcelona, Spain (2003)
  • B. Sc., Physics, University of Barcelona, Spain (2002)

Research Interests

Ocean warming and sea level rise. Regional climate phenomena. Earth's global heat and freshwater budgets. Assessment of current and future states of the Earth's climate system that identify potential impacts under global climate change. Other research interests lie in the development of fractals models to characterize ocean currents and eco-hydro-geomorphological processes.


The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) produces descriptions of the complete time-evolving state of the ocean by synthesizing nearly all extant observations with state-of-the-art models.

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Jason-3 will continue the time series of ocean surface topography data after TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2. Launch is planned for 2015.

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OSTM/Jason-2 provides continues the legacies of TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1 missions for measuring ocean surface dynamic topography.

Professional Experience
  • University of California Los Angeles:
    • Associate Project Scientist, JIFRESSE (2018 - present)
    • Assistant Researcher, JIFRESSE (2014 - 2018)
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology:
    • Member of the NASA Sea Level Change Team (N-SLCT) (2017 - present)
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, Sea Level and Ice Group (2011 - 2014)
  • University of California Irvine:
    • Postdoctoral Researcher, Hydroclimatology Group (2009 - 2011)
  • University of California San Diego:
    • Visiting Researcher, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2007 - 2008)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA (2011)
  • Balsells Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA (2009 and 2010)
  • Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship, USA (2009, declined)
  • Spanish National Research Council Predoctoral Fellowship, Spain (2006 and 2007)
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia Technology Transfer Centre Grant, Spain (2004 and 2005)
  • SOCRATES Programme Fellowship, France (2003)
  • DAAD Summer School Fellowship at University of Freiburg, Germany (2002)
  • University of Barcelona Internship at Meteorological Service of Catalonia, Spain (2001)
  • University of Barcelona Internship at Cartographic Institute of Catalonia, Spain (2000)
  • Spanish Ministry of Education Scholarship, Spain (1995, 1997, 1999, and 2000)

Selected Publications
  1. V. Nieves, M. Marcos, and J. K. Willis. Upper-ocean contribution to short-term regional coastal sea level variability along the U.S. J. Climate (2017), doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0896.1
  2. X.-H. Yan, T. Boyer, K. Trenberth, T. R. Karl, S.-P. Xie, V. Nieves, K.-K. Tung, and D. Roemmich. The global warming hiatus: slowdown or redistribution? Earth's Future, 4: 472-482 (2016).
  3. V. Nieves, J. K. Willis, and W. C. Patzert. Recent hiatus caused by decadal shift in Indo-Pacific heating. Science, 349(6247): 532-535 (2015).
  4. V. Nieves, J. Wang, and J. K. Willis. A conceptual model of ocean freshwater flux derived from sea surface salinity. Geophys. Res. Lett., 41: 6452-6458 (2014).
  5. J. Wang, R. L. Bras, V. Nieves, and Y. Deng. A Model of Energy Budgets over Water, Snow and Ice Surfaces. J. Geophys. Res. 119: 6034-6051 (2014).
  6. J. Wang, V. Nieves, and R. L. Bras. MaxEnt and MaxEP in Modeling Fractal Topography and Atmospheric Turbulence. Beyond the Second Law: Entropy Production and Non-Equilibrium Systems (Eds. R. C. Dewar, C. Lineweaver, R. Niven, and K. Regenauer-Lieb), Understanding Complex Systems series, Springer, pp.309-322 (2013).
  7. V. Nieves, J. Wang, and R. L. Bras. A Bayesian analysis of scale-invariant processes. AIP Conf. Proc., 31st Int. Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering (Eds. P. Goyal, A. Giffin, K. H. Knuth, E. Vrscay), 1443: 56-62 (2012).
  8. V. Nieves, J. Wang, and R. L. Bras. Statistics of multifractal processes using the maximum entropy method. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38: L17405 (2011).
  9. V. Nieves, E. Wood, J. Wang, and R. L. Bras. Maximum entropy distributions of scale-invariant processes. Phys. Rev. Lett., 105(11): 118701 (2010).
  10. A. Turiel, V. Nieves, E. Garcia-Ladona, J. Font, M. H. Rio, and G. Larnicol. The multifractal structure of satellite sea surface temperature maps can be used to obtain global maps of streamlines. Ocean Science Discus., 6: 129-151 (2009).
  11. V. Nieves and A. Turiel. Analysis of ocean turbulence using an adaptive CVE on altimetric maps. J. Mar. Syst., 77: 482-494 (2009).
  12. A. Turiel, J. Sole, V. Nieves, J. Ballabrera, and E. Garcia-Ladona. Tracking oceanic currents by singularity analysis of Microwave Sea Surface Temperature images. Rem. Sens. Env., 112: 2246-2260 (2008).
  13. V. Nieves, C. Llebot, A. Turiel, J. Sole, E. Garcia-Ladona, M. Estrada, and D. Blasco. Common turbulent signature in sea surface temperature and chlorophyll maps. Geophys. Res. Lett., 34: L23602 (2007).
  14. A. Turiel, J. Sole, V. Nieves, and E. Garcia-Ladona. Obtaining and monitoring of global oceanic circulation patterns by multifractal analysis of Microwave Sea Surface Temperature images. IGARSS, IEEE Intern. Conf. Proc., 1895-1898 (2007).

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