Olivia Cabrera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 7
Contact(s): ocabrera@iesm.upd.edu.ph or occabrera@up.edu.ph
Educ. Background:
Ph.D. Marine Science, University of the Philippines
M.S. in Marine Science, University of the Philippines
B.S. in Biology, University of the Philippines
Head: Sea-Air Interaction Laboratory

Interests & Research ProjectsCourses Teaching & Other InfoPublication
  • Sea-Air-Land Interaction
  • Upper Ocean Dynamics
  • Ocean Circulation
  • Wind and Waves
  • Modeling
  • Wave Exposure Maps
  • Topographic Interactions
  • Ocean Optics
  • Phytoplankton Pigments and Productivity

Current Research Project and Collaboration:

  • Regional Scales of Variability in Precipitation (RSVP) Project
  • Spatiotemporal Distribution and relative abundance of small cetaceans along southern Tañon Strait in relation to environmental factors
  • Benham Rise Potential Productivity Research Project
  • National Assessment for the Coral Reef Environmental (NACRE) Project (Watershed and Ocean Parameters for the Assessment of Coral Reef Health [WOPAC])
  • Coastal Assessment for Rehabilitation Enhancement:Capability Development and Resiliency of EcoSystems (CARE-CaDRES)

Courses Teaching:

  • Env. Sci. 1 (Environment and Society)
  • Env. Sci. 271.1 (Photonic Techniques)
  • Env. Sci. 271 (Principles of Photonic Techniques for Environmental Science)
  • Env. Sci. 297 (Special Topics in Environmental Science)
  • Env. Sci. 299 (Independent Master’s Study)
  • Env. Sci. 399 (Independent Doctoral Study)
  • Meteo 203 (Methods of Analytical Meteorology and Oceanography)
  • Meteo 204 (Tropical Meteorology)
  • Meteo 206 (Hydrometeorology)
  • Meteo 211 (Climatology)

Recent Publications:

  1. Manuel, A., A.C. Blanco, O. Cabrera, and M.L. San Diego-McGlone. (2021). Mapping Coloured Dissolved Organic Matter in Manila Bay Using Sentinel-3 and WASI. The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, XLVI-4/W6-2021, 207–212.
  2. Yoneyama, K., M. Fujita, A. Seiki, R. Shirooka, S. Yokoi, E.O. Cayanan, C.O. Iglesia, O.C. Cabrera. (2021). Evaluation of LMS6 and RS41 Radiosonde Humidity Data Obtained during YMC-Boreal Summer Monsoon Study in 2018 and 2020, Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan. Ser. II, 99(4), 1115-1125
  3. Macalalad, R., Badilla, R., Cabrera, O., and Bagtasa, G. (2021). Hydrological response of the Pampanga River Basin in the Philippines to intense tropical cyclone rainfall. Journal of Hydrometeorology (in press). https://doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-20-0184.1
  4. Manuel, A., Blanco, A. C., Tamondong, A. M., Jalbuena, R., Cabrera, O., & Gege, P. (2020), Optmization of bio-optical model parameters for turbid lake water quality estimation using Landsat 8 and wasi-2D. The International Archives of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences, 42, 67-72. https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-3-W11-67-2020, 2020.
  5. Rodrigo, S.M.T., Villanoy, C.L., Briones, J.C., Bilgera, P.H.T., Cabrera, O.C.C., Narisma, G.T.T., (2018), The mapping of storm surge-prone areas and characterizing surge-producing cyclones in Leyte Gulf, Philippines. Natural Hazards 92: 1305. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-018-3252-9
  6. Soria, J. L. A., Switzer, A. D., Villanoy, C. L., Fritz, H.M., Bilgera, P. H. T., Cabrera, O. C., Siringan, F. P., Yacat-Sta. Maria, Y., Ramos, R.D., and Fernandez, I.Q. (2016), Repeat Storm Surge Disasters of Typhoon Haiyan and Its 1897 Predecessor in the Philippines. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 31–48
  7. Cabrera, O.C., Villanoy, C.L., Alabia, I.D., and Gordon, A.L. (2015), Shifts in chlorophyll a off eastern Luzon, Philippines, associated with the North Equatorial Current bifurcation latitude. Oceanography 28(4):46–53, http://dx.doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2015.80 W.Y.Licuanan.
  8. Samson, M.S., Mamauag, S.S., David, L.T., Borja-Del Rosario, R., Quibilan, M.C.C., Siringan, F.P., Sta Maria, M.Y.Y., España, N.B., Villanoy, C.L., Geronimo, R.C., Cabrera, O.C., Martinez, R.J.S., and Aliño, P.M. (2015), I-C-SEA Change: A participatory tool for rapid assessment of vulnerability of tropical coastal communities to climate change impacts. AMBIO A Journal of the Human Environment 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/ s13280-015-0652-x
  9. Pullen, J., Gordon, A. L., Flatau, M., Doyle, J. D., Villanoy, C., & Cabrera, O. (2015), Multiscale influences on extreme winter rainfall in the Philippines. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 1–18. doi:10.1002/2014JD022645
  10. Cabrera, O. C., Villanoy, C.L., Jacinto, G.S., Bernardo, L.P.C., Ferrera, C.M., Velasquez, I.B., and Azanza, R.V. (2014), Salt-plug estuarine circulation in Malampaya Sound, Palawan, Philippines, Philipp. Sci. Lett.7(2), 428–437.
  11. Villanoy C. L., Salamante, E., and Cabrera, O. (2013), Chapter 3. Exposure: waves and storm surges. In: MERF, 2013. Vulnerability assessment tools for coastal ecosystems: A Guidebook. Marine Environment and Resources Foundation, Inc. Quezon City, Philippines.
  12. Villanoy, C., David, L., Cabrera, O., Atrigenio, M., Siringan, F., Aliño, P., and Villaluz, M. (2012), Coral reef ecosystems protect shore from high-energy waves under climate change scenarios, Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0399-3.
  13. Cabrera, O. C., Villanoy, C.L., David, L.T., and Gordon, A.L. (2011), Barrier layer control of entrainment and upwelling in the Bohol Sea, Philippines, Oceanography, 24(1), 130–141
  14. Villanoy, C. L., Cabrera, O.C., Yniguez, A., Camoying, M., De Guzman, A., David, L.T., and Flament, P. (2011), Monsoon-Driven Coastal Upwelling, Oceanography, 24(1), 156–165.
  15. Senal, M. I. S., Jacinto, G. S., San Diego-McGlone, M. L., Siringan, F., Zamora, P., Soria, L., Cardenas, M. B., Villanoy, C., and Cabrera, O. (2011), Nutrient inputs from submarine groundwater discharge on the Santiago reef flat, Bolinao, Northwestern Philippines., Marine Pollution Bulletin, 63(5-12), 195–200, doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2011.05.037.
  16. Cardenas, M. B., Zamora, P. B., Siringan, F. P., Lapus, M. R., Rodolfo, R. S., Jacinto, G. S., San Diego-McGlone, M. L., Villanoy, C. L., Cabrera, O., and Senal, M. I. (2010), Linking regional sources and pathways for submarine groundwater discharge at a reef by electrical resistivity tomography, 222 Rn, and salinity measurements, Geophysical Research Letters, 37(16), 1–6, doi: 10.1029/2010GL044066