Oscar Pizarro, PhD.

Associate Researcher @ IMO
Professor @ UDEC




Associate Researcher @ IMO


Doctor @ IMO


El Dr. Oscar Pizarro (Chile, 1963) is an Oceanographer from the P. Universidad Católica de Valparaíso in Chile. He obtained his PhD in Oceanography from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1999.

His research areas are: Eastern Boundary Current Systems, circulation dynamics, upwelling and coastal ocean processes, Equatorial dynamic, El Niño, Ocean Variability and Climate.

He is the Director and a Professor at the Department of Geophysics of the Facultad de Ciencias Físicas y Matemáticas of the Universidad de Concepción.


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The role of the Magellan Strait on the southwest South Atlantic shelf

Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science | Volume 237, Article 106661

doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2020.106661May, 2020

Brun, A.A.Ramírez, N.Pizarro, O.Piola, A.R.

Multidisciplinary Observing in the World Ocean’s Oxygen Minimum Zone Regions: From Climate to Fish — The VOICE Initiative

Frontiers in Marine Science | Volume 6, Pages 1-22

doi:10.3389/fmars.2019.00722December, 2019

Garcon, V.Karstensen, J.Palacz, A.Telszewski, M.Aparco Lara, T.Breitburg, D.Pizarro, O....

Seasonal Variability of the Southern Tip of the Oxygen Minimum Zone in the Eastern South Pacific (30°‐38°S): A Modeling Study

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Volume 124, Pages 8574-8604

doi:10.1029/2019JC015201December, 2019

Pizarro-Koch, M.Pizarro, O.Dewite, B.Montes, I.Ramos, M.Paulmier, A.Garcon, V.

Subsurface Mesoscale Eddy Generation in the Ocean off Central Chile

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Volume 124, Pages 5700-5722

doi:10.1029/2018JC014723August, 2019

Contreras, M.Pizarro, O.Dewitte, B.H. Sepúlveda, H. Renault, L.

The impact of spring-neap tidal-stream cycles in tidal energy assessments in the Chilean Inland Sea

Renewable Energy | Volume 139, Pages 496-506

doi:10.1016/j.renene.2019.02.092August, 2019

Artal, O.Pizarro, O.H.Sepúlveda, H.

Understanding Sea Level Change in the South Pacific During the Late 20th Century and Early 21st Century

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Volume 124, Pages 3849-3858

doi:10.1029/2018JC014828June, 2019

Albrecht, F.Pizarro, O.Montecinos, A.Zhang, X.

Phytoplankton size structure in association with mesoscale eddies off Central-Southern Chile: the satellite application of a phytoplankton size-class model

Remote Sensing | Volume 10, Issue 6, Article 834

doi:10.3390/rs10060834June, 2018

Coastal upwelling front detection off Central Chile (36.5–37°S) and spatio-temporal variability of frontal characteristics

Remote Sensing | Volume 10, Issue 5, Article 690

doi:10.3390/rs10050690May, 2018

How biophysical interactions associated with sub- and mesoscale structures affect planktonic larvae of the spiny lobster in the Juan Fernández Ridge: A modeling approach

Progress in Oceanography | Volume 162, Pages 98-119

doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2018.02.017March, 2018

Vertical energy flux at ENSO time scales in the subthermocline of the Southeastern Pacific

Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans | Volume 122, Issue 7, Pages 6011-6038

doi:10.1002/2016JC012614July, 2017

Vergara, O.Dewitte, B.Ramos, M.Pizarro, O.

Underwater glider observations in the oxygen minimum zone off central Chile

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society | Volume 97, Issue 10, Pages 1783-1789

doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00040.1October, 2016

Seasonal variability of the oxygen minimum zone off Peru in a high-resolution regional coupled model

Biogeosciences | Volume 13, Issue 15, Pages 4389-4410

doi:10.5194/bg-13-4389-2016August, 2016

Vergara, O.Dewitte, B.Montes, I.Garçon, V.Ramos, M.Paulmier, A.Pizarro, O.

Biogeochemical characteristics of a long-lived anticyclonic eddy in the eastern South Pacific Ocean

Biogeosciences | Volume 13, Issue 10, Pages 2971-2979

doi:10.5194/bg-13-2971-2016May, 2016

Cornejo, M.Bravo, L.Ramos, M.Pizarro, O.Karstensen, J.Gallegos, M.Correa-Ramirez, M.Silva, N.Farías, L.Karp-Boss, L.

Twilight vertical migrations of zooplankton in a Chilean fjord

Progress in Oceanography | Volume 129, Pages 114-124

doi:10.1016/j.pocean.2014.03.008December, 2014

Valle-Levinson, A.Castro, L.Caceres, M.A.Pizarro, O.

Environmentally friendly anti-fouling system for oceanographic equipment

Sea Technology | Volume 55, Issue 10, Page 43

October, 2014

Variations of tidally driven three-layer residual circulation in fjords

Ocean Dynamics | Volume 64, Issue 3, Pages 459-469

doi:10.1007/s10236-014-0694-9March, 2014

Valle-Levinson, A.Caceres, M.A.Pizarro, O.
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