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Laboratory of Satellite Oceanography

About the laboratry

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.: 11.G34.31.0078

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Federal state budget educational institution of higher professional learning "Russian State Hydrometeorological University"

Fields of scientific research:
Earth sciences

Project goal:
To develop a new scientific research field at the university, "Satellite Oceanography", and to establish a scientific research laboratory operating within that field.

Key project objectives:
1. To conduct scientific research required to design new methods and techniques of collecting, analyzing, and using satellite data with the view to research and monitor the physical condition of the ocean and atmosphere, assess the extent of anthropogenic impact, as well as to observe and forecast dangerous natural phenomena and assess their impact upon human activity and the environment.
2. To develop education activities within the suggested research field by introducing, among other things, innovative methods of instruction, by holding youth schools, seminars, and conferences on issues associated with studying Earth from space and processing satellite data.
3. To implement and commercialize the operating output of the new laboratory within the field related to acquisition, processing, and transmission of satellite data.

Anticipated scientific outcomes:
1. The project will help create a globally recognized world-class school of satellite oceanography at the Russian State Hydrometeorological University.
2. The project will help establish a center of collection, processing, and dissemination of satellite measurement data.
3. The project will help implement fundamental research in physical and satellite oceanography and meteorology and design new methods of collaborative utilization of satellite data and models for creation of environment monitoring systems.
4. The project will help find practical application for the research project results. In particular, the project team plans to implement two pilot projects:
а) A project designed to assess the amount of electric power that can be wind-generated off the shore of the Gulf of Finland for the purpose of development of alternative power production methods.
b) A project designed to develop an environment monitoring system in the Arctic Basin (including dangerous atmospheric and storm conditions, ice, pollution, etc.).

Leading scientist

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Leading scientist's full name: Bertrand Chapron

Link to the scientist's profile

Academic degrees and titles:
Doctor of sciences

Job title:
French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, Brest, France (IFEMER), Head of the satellite oceanography laboratory, Head of the Center for collection and application of satellite data (CERSAT)

Areas of scientific interest:
Satellite oceanology, physical oceanology, ocean-atmosphere interaction, atmospheric boundary layers, remote sensing, data processing, web technologies

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