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 The current status of Arctic sea ice

UPMC - Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)

The Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) is one of three institutions making up the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer (OOV), a leading centre for multidisciplinary oceanographic research in France. There has been a marine research laboratory at this site since 1882, initially run by the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and with French control since 1931, making this one of the oldest marine research stations in the world. LOV comprises 5 research teams with 130 research personnel including 35 PhD level scientists from a variety of disciplines in oceanography: biology, biogeochemistry, geochemistry, and physics, and 25 PhD students. LOV is world-renowned for oceanographic research and its scientists are involved in programmes at the national, European and international level.


Tasks attributed: WP1: Understanding the relation between satellite altimeter freeboard and ice thickness.


Principal investigator:

Dr. Martin Doble has over 12 years experience in sea ice research and has become one of Europe’s most experienced sea ice researchers, having carried out 12 field experiments in the Arctic and Antarctic, all but one as Lead Scientist with responsibility for the project in hand. He is a Category-1 PI for the Envisat RA-2 Radar Altimeter full mission archive (ESA project C1P.7228). His research has focused on the measurement of sea ice thickness, both directly (using upward-looking AUV-mounted sonar) and indirectly, exploiting the alteration of wave propagation by an ice cover. His previous work has demonstrated the combination of scientific, technical and practical skills required for the proposed work.