Professors Bertrand Chapron and Lofti Aouf from France Visited SOED


Recently, invited by Dr. YANG Jinsong, Professor Bertrand CHAPRON, former head of the Ifremer Laboratoire Océanographie Spatiale, Professor Lofti AOUF from the Division Marine et Océanographie (DPREVI/MAR), and Ms. Yvonne TRAN from the French Consulate General in Shanghai visited SOED. The two professors gave excellent presentations to SOED scientists.

  During the presentations, the two French experts gave a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the development and application of current satellite altimeters. Professor Chapron introduced the application of the new generation of satellite altimeters in oceans, such as in the study of hurricanes, eddies, marine ecological responses. Professor Aouf focused on how to assimilate satellite altimeter data and SAR data to improve the accuracy of wave prediction. Subsequently, Dr. YANG Jinsong spoke about SOED’s progress in the area of marine microwave remote sensing. SOED scientists benefited a great deal from the wonderful presentations, which generated lively discussion.

  In the afternoon, a panel discussion was held in the administrative building. Ms. TRAN, Professor CHAPRON, Professor AOUF, Mr. ZENG Jiangning, Deputy Director of the Science and Technology Department, Dr. BAI Yan, Deputy Director of SOED, Dr. YANG Jinsong and other scientists participated in the panel. Mr. ZENG Jiangning welcomed the guests from France, and spoke about SIO, the status of marine research, and international cooperation over the years. Subsequently, the two sides engaged in a warm discussion about ocean observation, applications of the Chinese-French Oceanography Satellite (CFOSAT), and other fields. Prof. CHAPRON and Prof. YANG Jinsong are the chief scientists of the Sino-European “Dragon Plan.”