The Physical Oceanography and Applied Geophysics research group (OFYGA) is currently composed of lecturers and students at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) that develop their research activity in the areas of Applied Physics, Earth Physics and Cartographic, Geodetic and Photogrammetry Engineering.

 

Physical Oceanography

OFYGA develops most of its teaching and research activity in the field of Physical Oceanography. In particular, it focuses its activity on mixing processes, regional oceanography, marine pollution and circulation at intermediate levels.

Applied Geophysics

This is the second branch in which OFYGA develops its teaching and research activities. It is currently focused on magnetometry, hoping to expand it in the near future to gravimetry and seismic.

Scientific dissemination

OFYGA dedicates part of its effort to communicate its scientific work in a close and understandable way for society as a whole.

In addition to participating in numerous projects, the group has a wide-ranging scientific output in its curriculum, as well as having supervised a multitude of master's and bachelor's degree theses and several doctoral dissertations.

Professors and researchers

  • Ángel Rodríguez Santana

    Academic position: Full Professor of the ULPGC specialized in Physics of the Earth.

    Corporate email:
    angel.santana@ulpgc.es


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  • Ángeles Marrero Díaz

    Academic position: Full Professor of the ULPGC specialized in Applied Physics.

    Corporate email:
    angeles.marrero@ulpgc.es


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  • Francisco Jesús Santana Sarmiento

    Technical engineer inSurve ying, graduated in Market Research and Techniques, and PhD from the ULPGC. His research career focuses on Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has contributed to international scientific journals and has disseminated the results of his research at national and international congresses. His studies has focused on Territorial Competitiveness, Geophysics, Geology and Renewable Energies. In addition, he has tutored numerous undergraduate projects on various subjects.

    Academic position: Full Professor at the ULPGC, specialising in Geomatics and GIS.

    Corporate email:
    franciscojesus.santana@ulpgc.es


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  • Francisco José Machín Jiménez

    D. in Marine Sciences, he has developed his research career in the field of Physical Oceanography. he is a professor at the ULPGC since 2014. His teaching focus has been on Applied Physics courses, and he has been co-supervisor of doctoral theses, as well as undergraduate and master projects. He has contributed with 42 publications in impact journals and has participated in numerous research projects at regional, national and international level. In addition, he has collaborated as evaluator for projects and scientific articles. Since 2018, he has been coordinating the Master in Oceanography at the ULPGC.

    Academic position: Full Professor of the ULPGC specialized in Applied Physics.

    Corporate email:
    francisco.machin@ulpgc.es


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  • Borja Aguiar González

    Academic position: Professor hired by the ULPGC specialized in Applied Physics.

    Corporate email:
    borja.aguiar.gonzalez@gmail.com


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Lecturers and Researchers

Students

  • Inés Hernández García

    Graduated in Marine Sciences and Master's degree in Oceanography from the ULPGC, she is currently doing her PhD in Oceanography and Global Change, contracted through a pre-doctoral grant from the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society. The main topic of her thesis is the numerical modelling of physical processes in the ocean.

    Academic position: Research staff in training. PhD student at the ULPGC

    Corporate email:
    ines.hernandez@ulpgc.es


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  • Marta Veny López

    Graduated in Marine Sciences, she has a master's degree in Oceanography. Currently, she is doing the PhD Program in Oceanography and Global Change at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), and hired as predoctoral research staff in training at the ULPGC by the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society. The main focus of my thesis is on the study of variability in shelf circulation, hydrography and chlorophyll-a concentration northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula.

    Academic position: Contract Research Staff specialized in Applied Physics.

    Corporate email:
    marta.veny101@alu.ulpgc.es


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  • Luis Valencia Castro

    Oceanographer, with a Master's degree in Oceanography, mention in Physics, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile). His research deals with the study of small to large scale physical processes in Eastern Surgence Systems. He has worked in Chile as a collaborating researcher in several governmental and scientific/academic projects. He is currently working on his doctoral thesis, through the "BECAS CHILE Doctorate Abroad Programme", focused on the mixing processes present in mesoscale structures and their relationship with internal waves of near-inertial and tidal frequencies.

    Academic position: PhD student at the ULPGC.

    Corporate email:
    luis.valencia102@alu.ulpgc.es


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  • Tania Pareira Vázquez

    Graduate in Marine Sciences by UVigo, and Master in Oceanography by UVigo and ULPGC, specializing in open ocean processes and unique regions. Currently hired as predoctoral research staff by the ULPGC through funds belonging to the ACIISI (Canary Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society), for the development of her doctoral thesis. Her thesis project focuses on the study and characterization of the western boundary current system located in the Weddell Gyre, with the title: "Spatial and temporal characterization of the current system in the western boundary of the Weddell Gyre".

    Academic position: PDI contracted, predoctoral

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    tania.pereira@ulpgc.es


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  • Marina Gutiérrez García

    Graduated in Marine Sciences from the University of Alicante, she holds a Master's degree in Oceanography from the ULPGC. Her line of research focuses on Physical Polar Oceanography, both in the Arctic and Antarctic.

    Academic position: Research staff in training at the ULPGC.

    Corporate email:
    marina.gutierrez103@alu.ulpgc.es


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  • Álex Ruiz Urbaneja

    Álex Ruiz Urbaneja

    Graduated in Marine Sciences and Master's degree in Oceanography from the ULPGC, specialising in open ocean processes and unique regions. He is currently working on his PhD, focusing on the study of the changes caused by climate patterns in the North Atlantic current system, with the title 'Ocean Dynamics between the North Atlantic Gyres and their Interactions with Large Scale Climate Variability'.

    Academic position: PhD student.

    Corporate email:
    alex.ruiz@ulpgc.es

  • Giovanny Alejandro Cuervo Londono

    Graduated in Geology from the National University of Colombia and a master's degree in Oceanography from the ULPGC. He specialises in data science, machine learning (including deep learning) and big data. His line of research focuses on integrating computational techniques, particularly deep learning, with oceanographic data in research projects related to oceanography and marine science. He is currently a PhD student, focusing on understanding and improving the prediction of upwelling systems in the Canary Islands.

    Academic position: PhD student at the ULPGC.

    Corporate email:
    giovanny.cuervo101@alu.ulpgc.es


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Active projects

  • 2ND SCIENTIFIC FILM WEEK

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 6,000

    Start/end date: 12-09-2007 / 31-12-2007

  • STUDY OF OCEAN FLOW VARIABILITY AND DIURNAL MIXING PROCESSES IN THE CHANNEL BETWEEN TENERIFE AND LA GOMERA.

    Principal investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 6

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 20.108€Budget: 20.108€.

    Start/finish date: 22-06-2006 / 21-06-2008

  • SPECIFIC COLLABORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ULPGC AND ICM-CSIC

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 14.125,71€.

    Start/end date: 12-12-2006 / 15-10-2008

  • ESP2005-06823-C05-04 CALIBRATION OF THE MEASUREMENTS OBTAINED BY THE MIRAS RADIOMETER OF THE SMOSY MISSION AND GENERATION OF SOIL SALINITY AND HUMIDITY MAPS. ULPGC PART

    Principal investigator:
    Eugenio González, Francisco

    Number of researchers involved: 4

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 95.200€.

    Start/end date: 31-12-2005 / 30-12-2008

  • TALLERY TERTULIA IN PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY 2009

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: Autonomous Community

    Budget: 4.750€.

    Start/end date: 01-01-2009 / 30-12-2009

  • PROMECA-2010 OCEANOGRAPHIC CAMPAIGN

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 80,000 euros

    Start/end date: 01-12-2009 / 31-12-2010

  • MIXING PROCESSES IN THE CANARY BASIN: CANARY CURRENT AND NORTHWEST AFRICAN UPWELLING SYSTEM.

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 24.200€.

    Start/end date: 01-01-2009 / 31-12-2011

  • PROMOTION OF SUSTAINABLE FORAGE PRODUCTION ON THE ISLAND OF EL HIERRO (PDE)

    Principal Investigator:
    Palacios Díaz, María Del Pino

    Number of researchers involved: 9

    Scope of financing: Autonomous

    Budget: 52.304€.

    Start/finish date: 06-10-2009 / 05-10-2012

  • MICROSTRUCTURE PROFILER AND ROTARY TABLE EQUIPMENT: PROGRESS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 59,974.78

    Start/end date: 01-01-2010 / 31-12-2012

  • WATER MASS TRANSPORT AND ITS SEASONAL VARIABILITY IN THE OCEANOGRAPHIC REGION OF THE CANARY ISLANDS.

    Principal Investigator:
    Marrero Díaz, María De Los Ángeles

    Number of researchers involved: 9

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 30,000

    Start/end date: 08-01-2011 / 07-01-2014

  • STUDIES OF THE OCEANIC VERTICAL PUMP IN MESOSCALE EDDIES

    Principal Investigator:
    Sangrá Inciarte, Pablo

    Number of researchers involved: 14

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 222,300 Euros

    Start/end date: 01-01-2013 / 31-12-2015

  • CANARY GEOROUTES I (GRAN CANARIA): INTERACTIVE GEO-GUIDE OF THE TRAILS OF GRAN CANARIA

    Principal Investigator:
    Yepes Temiño, Jorge

    Number of researchers involved: 3

    Scope of funding: Local

    Budget: 4.500€.

    Start/end date: 06-11-2014 / 05-11-2016

  • CONSOLIDATION AND STRENGTHENING OF THE INTEGRATED MARINE TECHNOLOGY SERVICE (SITMA) IN MARINE POLLUTION MONITORING TASKS.

    Principal Investigator:
    Arístegui Ruiz, Javier

    Number of researchers involved: 5

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 21,251.67

    Start/end date: 01-01-2017 / 30-11-2017

  • HABILITATION AND EQUIPMENT OF THE SITM LABORATORY

    Principal Investigator:
    Arístegui Ruiz, Javier

    Number of researchers involved: 4

    Scope of financing: Autonomous

    Budget: 44.000€.

    Start/end date: 01-01-2016 / 30-06-2017

  • CARBON FLUXES IN A COASTAL UPWELLING SYSTEM (CAPE BLANCHE, NW AFRICA); SUBMESOSCALE MODULATION OF CARBON PRODUCTION, EXPORT AND CONSUMPTION

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 11

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 139,150€.

    Start/end date: 01-01-2016 / 31-12-2018

  • COLLABORATION AGREEMENT BETWEEN THALES ALENTA SPACE SPAIN AND THE UNIVERSITY OF LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA FOR THE PROJECT "HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGE COMPRESSION (VNIR AND SWIR) WITH THE CCSDS 123.0 - B - 2 STANDARD".

    Principal Investigator:
    Santana Sarmiento, Francisco Jesús

    Number of researchers involved: 1

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 65.632,1€.

    Start/finish date: 27-07-2019 / 22-07-2019

  • BIOGEOCHEMICAL IMPACT OF SUB-MESOSCALE PROCESSES THROUGHOUT THE LIFE CYCLE OF CYCLONIC AND ANTICYCLONIC EDDIES: PHYSICAL DYNAMICS

    Principal Investigator:
    González Ramos, Antonio Juan

    Number of researchers involved: 9

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 11.110€.

    Start/finish date: 01-01-2020 / 15-10-2020

  • EXTERNAL TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ANALYSIS AND DIAGNOSIS OF EXISTING NETWORKS. STRENGTHENING OF PREDICTION CAPACITY, SUPPORT TO THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SENSOR NETWORK, DESIGN, SPECIFICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF WORKING PROCEDURES, AND SUPERVISION AND TRAINING OF TECHNICAL SUPPORT.

    Principal Investigator:
    González González, Aridane

    Number of researchers involved: 2

    Scope of financing: Autonomous

    Budget: 4138,85

    Start/finish date: 22-09-2020 / 15-12-2020

  • MICROSTRUCTURE PROFILERS AND MARINE OPTICAL INSTRUMENTATION: ADVANCING THE UNDERSTANDING OF OCEANIC PROCESSES

    Principal Investigator:
    Rodríguez Santana, Ángel

    Number of researchers involved: 12

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 180,238.09

    Start/end date: 01-01-2019 / 31-12-2020

  • CLOSING THE WATER CYCLE IN THE AGRICULTURAL ENVIRONMENT: DYNAMICS OF EMERGING POLLUTANTS IN THE WATER/SOIL/RHIZOSPHERE/PLANT SYSTEM AND EFFECTS OF SLUDGE APPLICATION

    Principal Investigator:
    Palacios Díaz, María Del Pino

    Number of researchers involved: 5

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 7.718€.

    Start/finish date: 01-01-2020 / 31-03-2021

  • INTEGRATED MARINE POLLUTION RISK ASSESSMENT AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICE IN PORTS AND COASTAL ENVIRONMENTS

    Principal investigator:
    González Ramos, Antonio Juan

    Number of researchers involved: 2

    Scope of funding: European

    Budget: 313.500€.

    Start/end date: 01-12-2018 / 31-05-2021

  • THE SOUTH ATLANTIC GATEWAY ON THE GLOBAL CONVEYOR BELT

    Principal Investigator:
    Hernández Guerra, Alonso

    Number of researchers involved: 11

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 294,030

    Start/end date: 01-01-2019 / 31-12-2021

  • CYCLIC THERMOHA/INO BEHAVIOR AND ENRICHMENT OF BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTIVITY ASSOCIATED WITH A NEW GENERATION SHALLOW HYDROTHERMAL SYSTEM.

    Principal Investigator:
    Machín Jiménez, Francisco José

    Number of researchers involved: 3

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 40.000€.

    Start/finish date: 01-03-2020 / 01-03-2022

  • ASSESSMENT OF MICROPLASTICS IN THE DEEP WATERS OF THE CANARY ISLANDS AND THEIR ASSOCIATED CHEMICAL CONTAMINANTS

    Principal Investigator:
    Vega Moreno, Daura

    Number of researchers involved: 10

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 48,327.29

    Start/end date: 01-01-2020 / 31-07-2022

  • COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE FROM THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR: RECLAIMED WATER MANAGEMENT MINIMIZING EMERGING POLLUTANTS AND GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

    Principal Investigator:
    Palacios Díaz, María Del Pino

    Number of researchers involved: 7

    Scope of financing: Autonomous

    Budget: 9,084.2

    Start/finish date: 01-06-2022 / 31-10-2022

  • DEVELOPMENT OF INCLUSIVE DIDACTIC MATERIALS IN THE FIELD OF GEOGRAPHY APPLIED TO ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE CANARY ISLANDS (INCLEDUCAN)

    Principal Investigator:
    Perez-Chacon Espino, María Emma

    Number of researchers involved: 12

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 57.030€.

    Start/end date:01-03-2021 / 01-03-2023

  • BIOGEOCHEMICAL IMPACT OF MESOSCALE AND SUBMESOSCALE PROCESSES THROUGHOUT THE LIFE CYCLE OF CYCLONIC AND ANTICYCLONIC EDDIES: PLANKTONIC VARIABILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY

    Principal Investigator:
    Arístegui Ruiz, Javier

    Number of researchers involved: 21

    Scope of funding: National

    Budget: 324,885 Euros

    Start/finish date: 01-06-2020 / 31-05-2023

  • TRANSVERSAL COMPETENCES FROM THE EIIC FOR ITS SOCIAL ECOSYSTEM

    Principal Investigator:
    Hernández Castellano, Pedro Manuel

    Number of researchers involved: 19

    Scope of funding: Autonomous

    Budget: 36.000€.

    Start/finish date: 01-03-2021 / 01-03-2024

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Events

10/07/2024 12/07/2024

This congress is an important meeting point for researchers and professionals in the field of marine sciences in Spain and Europe. With the aim of disseminating the latest scientific research, the results and conclusions of studies in this sector will be presented. The event, dedicated to the nautical and marine-maritime sector, aims to promote and boost the Blue Economy.

Date: 10, 11 and 12 July.

Venue: Port of Valencia.

Organisers: University of Alicante, University of Barcelona, University of Cadiz, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Catholic University of Valencia and University of Vigo.

Partners: Valencia City Council, Valencia Provincial Council, Valencia Port Authority, University of Barcelona, Catholic University of Valencia.

Research groups: EOMAR and OFYGA.

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28/06/2024

Date and time: 28th June, 12h.

Venue: Multipurpose Hall - Marine Science and Technology Park (PCTM) of the ULPGC.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Chris Reason, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Organizer: ECOAQUA.

Research group: OFYGA.

FREE ENTRANCE until full capacity.

07/06/2024 09/06/2024

This event, dedicated to the nautical and marine-maritime sector, aims to promote and boost the Blue Economy. The fair's activities include the dissemination of scientific knowledge about the marine-maritime environment.

Date: 7th, 8th and 9th June.

Venue: Sanapú Quay, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Organisers: INFECAR and Ciudad de Mar, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council.

Partners:  Gran Canaria Island Council, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council, Las Palmas Port Authority.

Research groups: EOMAR, TOTMA, OFYGA and BIOCON.

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