João Albuquerque


A long way for a surfer who pretends to be able to sing and happens to have a degree in Computer Science:

I got my BSc and MSc in Computer Science at Federal University of Paraná (UFPR, Curitiba – Brazil). My MSc thesis is an assessment of computer’s memory hierarchy behaviour, based on CPU performance counters on linux machines.

Outside of academia, for a number of years I worked as a linux/Unix support analyst as well as a system analyst, building software tools and designing project’s solutions for SIMEPAR Technological Institute, a meteorological research centre in Curitiba. The interest in a PhD sparked after I started lecturing at Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) and UFPR universities.

Under Giovanni Coco's supervision, I'm doing my PhD research on offshore and near-shore wave climate projections for the 21st century, the New Zealand area in particular. I am absolutely passionate about this work and happy to share the project outcome with the wave community, improving our understanding of the future wave climate of New Zealand.


Phone: +64 210 236 5705


Recent Publications

First author / Presenter

  •  Albuquerque, J., Antolínez, J. A. A., Gorman, R., Méndez, F. J., & Coco, G. (2019). The past and future wave climate of New Zealand: from hindcasts to projections [presentation]. New Zealand Coastal Society annual conference. Invercargill, Murihiku.

  • Albuquerque, J., Antolínez, J. A. A., Rueda, A., Méndez, F. J., & Coco, G. (2018). On the development of a calibrated wave hindcast for New Zealand [poster os31e-1849]. AGU Fall Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • Albuquerque, J., Antolínez, J. A. A., Rueda A., Méndez, J. F. and Coco, G. (2018) Directional correction of modeled sea and swell wave heights using satellite altimeter data. Ocean Modelling, 131, DOI: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2018.09.001
  • Albuquerque, J., Antolínez, J. A. A., Rueda, A., Méndez, F. J., & Coco, G. (2017). A method for sea and swell wave heights correction based on satellite measurements: application and assessments in the New Zealand area [presentation]. Third Australian wind wave symposium. Perth, Western Australia.  


  • Cid, A., Albuquerque, J., Erikson, L., Coco, G., & Mendez, F. J. (2019). Hybrid Downscaling methodology for high-resolution 21 century wave projections: A case study at New Zealand [presentation]. 2nd International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges and Coastal Hazards. Melbourne, Victoria.

  • Greenslade, D., Hemer, M., Babanin, A., Lowe, R., Turner, I., Power, H., Young, I., Ierodiaconou, D., Hibbert, G., Williams, G., Aijaz, S., Albuquerque, J., Allen, S., Banner, M., Branson, P., Buchan, S., Burton, A., Bye, J., Cartwright, N., Chabchoub, A., Colberg, F., Contardo, S., dufois, f., Earl-Spurr, C., Elliott, G., Farr, D., Flynn, J., Goodwin, I., Gunson, J., Hansen, J., Hanslow, D., Harley, M., Hetzel, Y., Hoeke, R., Jones, N., Kinsela, M., Liu, Q., Makarynskyy, O., Marcollo, H., Mazaheri, S., McConochie, J., Millar, G., Moltmann, T., Moodie, N., Morim, J., Morison, R., Orszaghova, J., Pattiaratchi, C., Pomeroy, A., Proctor, R., Provis, D., Reef, R., Rijnsdorp, D., Rutherford, M., Schulz, E., Shayer, J., Splinter, K., Steinberg, C., Strauss, D., Stuart, G., Symonds, G., Tarbath, K., Taylor, P., Taylor, D., Taylor, J., Thotagamuwage, D., Toffoli, A., Valizadeh, A., van Hazel, J., Vieira da Silva, G., Wandres, M., Whittaker, C., Williams, D., Winter, G., Xu, J., Zed, M., Zhong, A., & Zieger, S. (2019). 15 priorities for wind-waves research: An australian perspective. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , 0 ,null. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0262.1

  • Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Antolínez, J. A. A., Albuquerque, J. C., Castanedo, S., Coco, G., & Méndez, F. J. (2019). Marine climate variability based on weather patterns for a complicated island setting: The New Zealand case. International Journal of Climatology, 39 , 1777-1786. doi: 10.1002/joc.5912.

  • Rueda, A., Cagigal, L., Antolínez, J. A. A., Coco, G., Albuquerque, J., & Méndez, F. J. (2017). New Zealand wave climate variability based on weather patterns [presentation]. 1st International Workshop on Waves, Storm Surges, and Coastal Hazards. Liverpool, UK.

  • Méndez, F. J., Rueda, A., Barnard, P., Mori, N., Nakajo, S., & João, A. (2016). Interannual variability of the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones striking the California coast [poster a13e-0324]. AGU Fall Meeting. San Francisco, California.