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


Simon Bélanger


Contact information:
Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR),
Department of biology, chemistry and geography
300, allée des Ursulines
local B-115
Rimouski, (Quebec) G5L 3A1 Canada

Phone : 418-723-1986 ext. 1969
Fax : 418-724-1849
Email :

Ph.D. Oceanography (2006)
Paris VI, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France
Response of light-related carbon fluxes in the Arctic Ocean to climate change: Quantification and monitoring of dissolved organic matter photo-oxidation in the Beaufort Sea using satellite remote sensing

M.Sc. in Remote Sensing (2001)
Sherbrooke University, Canada

B.Sc. physical Geography (1998)
Sherbrooke University, Canada

Research Interests :

  • Ocean colour remote sensing algorithms
  • Colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) and Phytoplankton dynamics
  • Light-driven carbon processes: photoxidation and primary production
  • Diagnostic C flux modeling using remote sensing data synergy

Publications (last 5 years):

Matsuoka, A., A. Bricaud, R. Benner, J. Para, B. Charrière, L. Prieur, S. Bélanger and M. Babin (submitted) Tracking the transport of colored dissolved organic matter in Southern Beaufort Sea waters, Canadian Arctic: relationship with hydrographical characteristics, submitted to Biogeosciences

Xie, H., C. Aubry, S. Bélanger, and G. Song (In revision) Absorption properties of chromophoric dissolved organic matter and particles in a large subarctic estuarine and fjord system, Mar. Chem.

Lefouest, V., C. Postlethwaite, M. A. Morales Maqueda, S. Bélanger and M. Babin (2011) On the role of tides and strong wind events in promoting summer primary production in the Barents Sea, J. Marine Sys. In press.

Tremblay, J-E., S Bélanger, D. G. Barber, M. Asplin, J. Martin, G. Darnis, L. Fortier, Y. Gratton, H. Link, P. Archambault, A. Sallon, C. Michel, W. G. Williams, B. Philippe and M. Gosselin (2011) Climate forcing multiplies biological productivity in the coastal Arctic Ocean, Geophys. Res. Letters, vol. 38, L18604, doi:10.1029/2011GL048825

Doron, M., S. Bélanger, D. Doxaran, and M. Babin (2011), Spectral variations in the near-infrared ocean reflectance, Remote sensing of Environment, 115, 1617-1631.

Smirnov et al., (2011) Maritime aerosol network as a component of AERONET – first results and comparison with global aerosol models and satellite retrievals. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 583–597.

Forest, A, S. Bélanger, Sampei M., Sasaki H. and Fortier L. (2010) Three-year assessment of particulate organic carbon fluxes in the Amundsen Gulf (Beaufort Sea): Satellite observations and sediment trap measurements, Deep-Sea Research. 57(1), 125-142.

Lalande, C., S. Bélanger, and L. Fortier (2009) Impact of a decreasing Arctic ice cover on vertical export of particulate organic carbon in the northern Laptev Sea, Siberian Arctic, Geophys. Res. Letters, 36, L21604, doi:10.1029/2009GL040570.

Xie, H., S. Bélanger, S. Demers, W. F. Vincent, and T. Papariakou (2009), Photobiogeochemical cycling of carbon monoxide in the southeastern Beaufort Sea in spring and autumn, Limnol. Oceanogr., 54, 234-249.

Bélanger, S., M. Babin, and P. Larouche (2008), An empirical ocean color algorithm for estimating the contribution of Chromophoric Dissolved Organic Matter to total light absorption in optically complex waters, Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, C04027, doi:10.1029/2007JC004436.

Bélanger S., J. Ehn, et M. Babin, (2007) Impact of sea ice on the retrieval of water-leaving reflectance, chlorophyll a concentration and inherent optical properties from satellite Ocean Color data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 111: 51-68.

Bélanger, S., H. Xie, N. Krotkov, P. Larouche, W.F. Vincent, and M. Babin, (2006) Photomineralization of terrigenous dissolved organic matter in Arctic coastal waters from 1979 to 2003: Interannual variability and implications of climate change, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 20, GB4005, doi:10.1029/2006GB002708.

Morel, A. and S. Bélanger, (2006) Improved Detection of turbid waters from Ocean Color information. Remote Sensing of Environment. 102: 237-249.