The newly-appointed Science Officer, Louise Rousselet, will collaborate with the SWOT-AdAC members to support their in situ campaigns to compare results from different sites and develop near real-time sampling strategies.
Welcome to Louise Rousselet, the new SWOT-AdAC Science Officer. Louise will coordinate the sampling strategy for the offshore campaigns of the SWOT-AdAC Consortium, by harmonizing the methodological approach of each campaign so as to maximize the intercomparison of data across different sites.
In order to achieve this, she will provide support for Copernicus and CLS model and satellite products as well as the software SPASSO (Software Package for an Adaptive Satellite-based Sampling for Oceanographic cruises). The SPASSO tool analyzes satellite images in real time and calculates Lagrangian diagnostics which allow to target structures and geographical areas of interest during ship-based campaigns in near real-time.
Prior to joining SWOT-AdAC, Louise was a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California San Diego, where she studied the large-scale Meridional Overturning Circulation using Lagrangian tools (particle trajectories) and 3D numerical data.
Louise holds a PhD in Physical Oceanography and Biogeochemistry from the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography (MIO), Aix-Marseille University. Her thesis focused on the study of the influence of fine scales on the spatial distribution of biogeochemical and biological elements. She detected finescale structures (eddies, fronts) using Lagrangian-derived diagnostics from satellite data and compared them with in situ measurements of biogeochemical/biological parameters (chl-a, particle abundances, phytoplankton community structure and abundance) to investigate the structuring role of finescale structures on the horizontal and vertical distribution of biological factors. Therefore she has a broad knowledge of in situ sampling, in particular for coupled biophysical measurements, as well as a wide experience in the use of the SPASSO software.