What we do

in short

Our on-going activities are related to spatial observations, modelling and forecasting of the ocean (ocean height, ocean currents, ocean physical properties such as salinity and temperature) and of sea ice:

  • We are involved in activities to design future observationnal missions, which builds on high-quality and hight-resolution simulations of the ocean, in order to anticipate the future observation data and to develop innovative numerical methods and models to get ready to process and exploit these future data when they arrive.
  • We are also involved in activities to develop and improve numerical models of the ocean and sea ice in order to better understand existing observations and the physical processes at play, and to better forecast the physical properties that matters for operational stakeolders and end users.

The products and services we provide are:

  • our scientific and technical expertise,
  • prototypes of innovative algorithms and softwares,
  • data products such as simulation outputs, pseudo-observation datasets, forcing datasets, pre-operational forecast products,
  • data challenge frameworks (to set up and coordinate an intercomparison of algorithms applied to a well-posed science problem and a demonstration dataset),
  • science communication (academic articles, visualisation, project websites, etc).

Read more about some past and on-going science activities we are involved in:

Participation to the SWOT science team (CNES):

Innovative data inversion methods in preparation for the coming observation data from the wide-swath altimetry mission SWOT [...]

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World Ocean Circulation project (WOC/ESA):

Innovative data inversion methods for better World Ocean Current products [...]

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SLICING project (CMEMS Service Evolution):

Collaborative data challenges for the next-generation sea level anomaly metrics, observation and mapping products. [...]

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SASIP project (VESRI):

A better understanding of the impact of amplified warming in polar regions, through the development of a new sea ice modelling paradigm [...]

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Quantification of the ocean response to the time-varying freshwater discharges (river unoffs and Greenland melt), based on ensembles of ocean numerical simulations [...]

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MEDWEST60 (IGE collab.):

Kilometric-scale modelling over the West Mediterranean sea and probabilistic quantification of short-term predictability of the ocean dynamics [...]

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