Catherine Guiavarc'h

Ocean modelling scientist, developing and validating NEMO-FOAM (Forecasting Ocean Assimilation Model) models.

Current activities

Catherine's role is to contribute to the scientific development, operational implementation and quality assessment of NEMO-FOAM models.

Catherine works especially on air-sea fluxes interactions, looking at the sensitivity of ocean models to atmospheric forcing. Catherine's work has involved testing the downstream impact of increasing the spatial resolution of atmospheric forcing on ocean models. Additionally, Catherine's future works will involve developing the use of bulk formulae and increasing the temporal resolution of the Atmospheric forcing in order to resolve the diurnal cycle of the oceanic surface layers.

Catherine also works on the validation of the  NEMO-FOAM system with a special interest in the validation of the mesoscale activity using comparison with ocean colour data. As a scientist, Catherine has the responsibility to present work of Ocean Forecasting R&D, both at conferences and meetings and in the literature.

Career background

Catherine joined the Ocean Forecasting research and development group of the Met Office in September 2008.

Before joining the Met Office she did a PhD in Physical Oceanography at the  Laboratoire de Physique des Oceans and at the  Laboratoire Environnement Profond (December 2003 to December 2006). Catherine worked on the modelling of the currents in the Gulf of Guinea focusing on deep equatorial and coastal waves. In order to understand the mechanism of biweekly oscillations observed in the Gulf of Guinea, she developed a high-resolution regional model based on NEMO.

Catherine did a postdoc at the Laboratoire de Physique des Oceans (January 2007 to April 2008) working on the development of a 1/12th degree configuration of the Tropical and the North Atlantic Ocean and studying the intraseasonal variability on the continental slope.

Catherine studied for a Bachelor's degree in Physics at  University of Western Brittany and for a Master's degree in physical oceanography at the  European Institute of Marine Studies (2002/2003).

Last updated: 29 September 2011

About Catherine Guiavarc'h

Catherine Guiavarc'h

Catherine works on developing and validating ocean modelling.

Areas of expertise:

  • Ocean general circulation modelling.

  • Air-sea fluxes interactions.

  • Coastal and equatorial waves.

Publications by Catherine