Joaquin Tintoré Subirana

  •  Director
  • Phone number:  +34 971439821
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  • E-mail:  jtintore at

About me

Ph. D. Physics – Physical Oceanographer


Dr. Joaquín Tintoré is Professor of physical oceanography from CSIC at IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) and since December 2008, Director of the Spanish Large Scale Marine Infrastructure, SOCIB (Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System), a new multi-platform facility of facilities that responds to scientific, technological and strategic society priorities related to the role of the oceans and the coasts in a global change framework.

Throughout his career he has studied the physical processes and mechanisms that can explain the dynamics of the coastal ocean and its multidisciplinary interactions (from the nearshore to the open ocean) with particular emphasis on the impacts of fronts and instabilities such as mesoscale and submesoscale eddies on upper ocean vertical biogeochemical exchanges. He has always combined a threefold approach: (a) searching for new and non-repetitive scientific ideas, (b) maintaining high quality excellent science linked to technology development and (c) developing new tools for decision support and by this increasing the transfer of knowledge to society and contributing to science and ecosystem based Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management (ICOM).

He has published 139 papers in international refereed journals, has been principal investigator in 47 peer reviewed research projects and has also coordinated two EU funded international projects. He has been the advisor for 9 Ph. D Thesis and 10 MSc Thesis. In 2003 he obtained the Spanish National Research Award for his “outstanding research contributions in the field of coastal oceanography and mesoscale dynamics”.

With respect to some of his experience in Management of science, he was Scientific Manager of the first Spanish Marine Sciences and Technology Programme (1995-1998) and Vice-Chairman from the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation (1997-1998; member 95-98). He was Director from IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) from 1999 to 2008 and Executive Scientific Coordinator from Marine and Environmental research activities at CSIC involving 21 research institutes in Spain and over 1.700 research personnel (2001-2004). He served in the Prestige Scientific Advisory Committee (CCA) in 2002-2003, as well as in many other international committees and boards.  

His present interest includes the implementation of new monitoring devices such as autonomous underwater gliders (more than 15.000 profiles since 2006) by this contributing to a paradigm change in ocean observation: from single platform ship based observations to multi-platform integrated and distributed observing and forecasting systems (the basis for new international observatories and of the large scale installation SOCIB).

SOCIB reaches in 2014 its operational phase, therefore contributing to peer review state of the art science, the development of new technologies and also the development of tools for science based decision support, by this, increasing our capacity for knowledge based, reliable and independent response to society needs.

Publications record:

139 publications in peer review journals.

- H index: 33 (H=22 for the last 5 years; citations 3498 (1650; last 5 years). Source: Google Scholar citations 12/2013:

- H index: 26. Citations 1.848 (without self citations). Source: ISI WoK, 12/2013.

Curriculum vitae: cv_joaquin_tintore.pdf