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UPMC- Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentation et Approche NumériquE (LOCEAN)

UPMC- The Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentation et Approche NumériquE (LOCEAN)

The Laboratoire d’Océanographie et du Climat: Expérimentation et Approche Numérique (LOCEAN) is part of the reknown Pierre et Marie Curie University (UPMC) based in Paris, France. UPMC represents 5000 permanent staff members and 20000 students. LOCEAN is a research laboratory of 80 scientists, engineers and administrative staff. It is a leading laboratory in France for studying world-wide general oceanic circulation and physical oceanic processes based on observations and numerical modelling. In the past, studies have been conducted at all latitudes, equatorial and tropical, mid-latitudes and Polar Regions as well. LOCEAN has been involved in international programs such as TOGA, WOCE, JGOFS and IGBP. Most of LOCEAN senior scientists have been engaged as PIs and/or coordinators in several European Union projects of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th framework programmes. LOCEAN has been deeply involved in the past in deep convection studies in the Mediterranean Sea and the Greenland Sea. Currently LOCEAN is investing a lot of efforts into developing new autonomous observational techniques to be used world-wide in situ as well as remotely from space.

 

Tasks attributed: 1) Arctic data reanalysis (ERA interim). Validation of winter index for predicting Arctic sea ice retreat in summer 2) Sea ice thickness distribution in the Arctic prenial sea ice north of Canada and Greenland 3) Sea ice and icebergs drifts in the Northern Barents Sea 4) Kola Peninsula to cental Barents sea section for monitoring physical and biogeochemical tracers of the Atlantic inflow toward the Arctic. 5) Via work of Adele Airoldi, to offer support to governance analyses in WP5.

6) Leader of WP6 Dissemination, WP7 Management and WP8 Scientific coordination.

 

Principal Investigator :

Jean-Claude Gascard - Senior scientist at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique) and coordinator of the Damocles Integrated Project (2005-2010) and Search for Damocles SSA (2006-2010), he also participates in the European projects ATP and ACoBAR. Jean-Claude Gascard started working in polar oceanography in 1976 in the Labrador Sea in cooperation with the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (Dartmouth, Canada) and contributed to the Marginal Ice Zone international Experiment (MIZEX) in 1983-1984. He has contributed to several major polar programs funded by the European Union such as the European Subpolar Ocean Program (ESOP 1 and ESOP 2) from 1993 until 1998, MAIA (Monitoring the Atlantic Inflow towards the Arctic) from 2000 until 2002 and ASOF (Arctic- Subarctic Ocean Fluxes) which started in 2003 and ended in 2005. He is past chairman of the Arctic Ocean Sciences Board (AOSB) and was member of the IASC steering committee in charge of the preparation of the International Conference for Arctic Research Program ICARP II in 2005. He was convenor of a polar session dedicated to Pan-Arctic long term variability at the European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly in 2003, 2004 and 2005.His main interest concerns the interactions between subtropical and polar water masses leading to the formation of deep and abyssal waters (deep convection), thermohaline circulation, air-sea-ice interactions and the implication of the Arctic Ocean in Climate variability and Global Changes.