CERC - Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Canada’s New Arctic Frontier


Griet Neukermans

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact information:
Université Laval,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, avenue de la Médecine
Local 2068,
Quebec City, (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada

Phone : 418-656-2131 ext. 7740
Fax : 418-656-2339
Email :

B.Sc. Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2000)
M.Sc. Applied Mathematics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2002)
M.Sc. Marine Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (2004)
Ph.D. Physics, Université du Littoral - Côte d’Opale, France (2012).

Research interests:

I am an optical oceanographer interested in understanding how environmental changes affect marine ecosystems. I am specifically interested in:

  • Impacts of recent climate change on phytoplankton blooms in the Arctic Ocean
  • Phytoplankton ecology and dynamics, species succession
  • Dynamics of suspended particles in marine environments
  • Understanding physical drivers of phytoplankton blooms
  • Ocean color remote sensing and radiometry
  • Bio-optical relationships
  • Light absorption and scattering of seawater constituents
  • Atmospheric correction of optical satellite imagery
  • Quantification and propagation of uncertainties in measurements of optical and biogeochemical properties

Professional experience:

  • Postdoctoral fellow Unversité Laval (Québec, Canada). Impact of recent climate change on phytoplankton blooms in the Arctic Ocean’s in- and outflow shelves using remote sensing (August 2014 – April 2017).
  • Postdoctoral researcher Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (USA). Optical detection of particle concentration, size, and composition within Arctic waters (May 2012 – May 2014).
  • Marine researcher at the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences – Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM), Brussels (Belgium), in parallel to Ph.D. student at the Université du Littoral - Côte d’Opale in Wimereux (France). Optical properties and remote sensing of suspended matter in coastal waters (December 2007 – April 2012).
  • Research Assistant NATO’s Undersea Research Center in La Spezia (Italy). Development of a visualization tool for sonar imagery in NASA World Wind (August 2007 – November 2007).
  • Coordinator International Master Program in Ecological Marine Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium, February 2007 – July 2007).
  • Researcher Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). Spatiotemporal dynamics of mangroves in East-Africa from optical remote sensing (February 2005 – January 2007).



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