Dr Joaquín Tintoré is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies (IMEDEA). Since 2008, he has served as Director for the Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), a multi-platform facility 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, Tintoré has studied the physical processes and mechanisms that explain the dynamics of the coastal ocean and its multidisciplinary interactions, with particular emphasis on the impacts of fronts and instabilities such as mesoscale and submesoscale eddies on upper ocean vertical biogeochemical exchanges. His present interests include the implementation of new monitoring devices, which he believes will contribute towards a paradigm change in ocean observation, from single platform ship-based observations to multi-platform integrated and distributed observing and forecasting systems.

He has published 140 papers in international refereed journals, coordinated two EU-funded international projects and been principal investigator in 47 peer reviewed research projects. In 2003, he obtained the Spanish National Research Award for his “outstanding research contributions in the field of coastal oceanography and mesoscale dynamics”.