International Laboratory of Oceanography (HILO)
- Director: Dr. Marine Herrmann, IRD
- Location: HILO is located on the 6th floor of USTH main building, on VAST campus.
1. History and Objectives
This joint Laboratory was set up in 2014 with the mentioned partners.
The HILO laboratory of oceanography aims at understanding and forecasting the functioning and variability of the coupled hydrodynamical-biogeochemical system in the regional and coastal marine areas. Due the strong coupling between the dynamical and biological processes, as well as the multiple spatial and temporal scales involved, oceanography is fundamentally a multidisciplinary science. Its study requires the involvement of different specialties and the combination of a large range of tools. To reach its objectives, HILO will therefore gather scientists of different disciplines (physics, optics, biogeochemistry, geology...) who will use jointly satellite and in situ observations, modeling and assimilation techniques. The large field of research covered in the frame of this new laboratory allows a large community of institutes, researchers, and students (PhD, master) to be involved. It also allows to answer to large panel of research funding from national and international calls in collaboration with the different Vietnamese institutes and French universities and laboratories involved in this project. The presence in Vietnam of the two PI of the project through the IRD program is a great advantage for the efficient implementation of HILO.
The general research program at HILO follows the following steps:
• Identify and understand the physical and biogeochemical processes involved in the functioning of the oceanic system,
• Understand its variability at different scales (daily to long term evolution) and identify the factors that trigger those scales of variability (atmospheric, oceanic, hydrological, anthropogenic...),
• Forecast the evolution of the oceanic system, from the short-term scales (operational forecast) to the long-term evolution (impact of climate change).
High-resolution coupled physical-biogeochemical modeling, multi-sensors satellite observations, in-situ measurements and assimilation are used complementarily to answer these questions. Several PhD and master students are and will be trained within HILO. This will give them the opportunity to work in the frame of a highly interdisciplinary laboratory, and to learn different technical and scientific approaches relevant to environmental studies.
Keywords : Multidisciplinary oceanography ; Regional and coastal oceanography; Coupled physical-biogeochemical system; numerical modeling; data assimilation; satellite altimetry; satellite ocean color ; in-situ measurements; East Sea; climatic variability; climate change.
*) From Vietnam:
STI-VAST, IMER-VAST, HMo-VNU
*) From France:
ULCO, IRD, Université Fédéral Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, LOG, LEGOS, LA, EcoLab
*) Vietnamese Institutions researchers
Nguyen Nguyet Minh, USTH,
Trinh Bich Ngoc, USTH,
Dinh Ngoc Dat, Space Technology Institute (STI), VAST
Tran Duc Viet, Space Technology Institute (STI), VAST
Nguyen Minh Huan, Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University (VNU-HUS)
Vu Duy Vinh, Institute of Marine Environment and Resources (IMER), Haiphong, VAST
*) French Institutions Researchers
Marine Herrman, LEGOS/IRD
Hubert Loisel, LOG/ULCO
Cédric Jamet, LOG/ULCO
Alexei Sentchev, LOG/ULCO
Philippe Fraunié, MIO/UTLN
Sylvain Ouillon, LEGOS/IRD
Florence Birol, LEGOS/Universi té de Toulouse
Fernando Nino, LEGOS/IRD
*) PhD students
Nguyen Dac Da, PhD student
Vu Duy Vinh, PhD student
Dinh Ngoc Dat, PhD student