Dr. Valle-Levinson came to University of Florida in August 2005. Throughout his career, he has carried out observational and theoretical studies on exchange processes in semi-enclosed basins. His work has concentrated in the hydrodynamics of fjords, as well as of temperate, subtropical, and tropical systems.
Dr. Valle-Levinson is interested in studying the effects of bathymetry on volume exchange at the mouth of semi-enclosed basins, with emphasis on estuaries, fjords, coastal lagoons and bays. He studies bathymetric effects on wind-induced, density-induced and tidally induced exchange processes between semi-enclosed basins and the adjacent coastal ocean.
Recently, he seeks to understand processes that favor ocean water intrusion into freshwater aquifers and estuaries. In particular, he is studying how sea-level variability affects saltwater intrusion.
Dr. Valle-Levinson has also investigated the potential impact of exchange processes on nutrient fluxes, harmful algae and ichthyoplankton transport. He has carried out research on the role of transverse circulation and vertical mixing in estuarine transport processes. Moreover, he has characterized the shape of density-driven exchange flows in terms of the dynamic width and depth of the basins involved.