Go to content Go to the menu Go to the search

The Laboratory - Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer
Unité Mixte de Recherche 7093 – CNRS/UPMC




| lire cet article en Français

Key figures

 LOV members - June 2014 (87)


- 34 Research Scientists and University Faculty

- 22 permanent technical and administrative staff

- 9 Post-docs

- 8 externally funded staff

- 14 Ph.D. students

Equipe Télédétection de l’Environnement Marin (TEM)



The main research field of interest of the Remote Sensing of Marine Environment group (TEM) from LOV (head : M. Chami) is to analyze the propagation of the solar light into the ocean-atmosphere system to gain understanding on marine ecosystems functioning. The TEM group investigates the interaction of the light with aerosols and marine particles for quantifying the concentration of suspended matter such as phytoplankton biomass by satellite. As a result, the production of carbon at global scale could thus be determined.

The TEM group focuses his research work on the development of relevant methodologies that aim at determining the optical, bio-optical and biogeochemical properties of seawater based on both satellite ocean colour sensors and in-situ measurements. Therefore, the TEM group works more specifically on the following research topics:

    • • Development of remote sensing inverse algorithms for the ongoing and future satellite ocean colour missions : atmospheric correction methods, inversion of the satellite signal to retrieve various geophysical parameters of interests (e.g., marine reflectance, phytoplankton biomass, aerosol abundance, oceanic windspeed, sun glint contribution, primary production),
    • • Characterization of the optical properties of organic matter (phytoplankton, detritus) and mineral-like suspended particulate matter in seawater,
    • • Analysis and interpretation of time series of satellite ocean colour data,
    • • Innovative development of optical instruments for improving the scattering mechanisms of hydrosols (directional effects, polarization properties) in relation to remote sensing studies.

Research axis

    • Theme 1: Radiative transfer modelling : fundamental optics and algorithm development
    • Theme 2: Application of remote sensing inverse algorithms to study the marine environment



Key words

    • • Ocean colour, remote sensing,
    • • Optical properties of atmospheric and oceanic constituents, open ocean and coastal waters.

LOV - 26/05/15