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


Clémence Goyens

ESA 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 :

BSc in Geographical sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium (2004)

MSc in Geographical sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL), Belgium (2005)

MSc in Earth Observation (Remote Sensing and Earth Modelling) Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven), Belgium (2009)

PhD in Physical Oceanography, Université du Littoral - Côte d’Opale, France (2013)

Research interests:

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

  • Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Atmospheric Correction Algorithms
  • Sea-Ice Contamination in Ocean Color data
  • Apparent and Inherent Optical Properties of Optically Complex Waters

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).



Peer reviewed papers:

- Ruddorf, N., Frouin, R., M. Kampel, Goyens, C., Meriaux, X., Schieber, B and Mitchell B. G. (2013). Ocean-colour radiometry across the Southern Atlantic and Southeastern Pacific: Accuracy and remote sensing implications. Remote Sensing of Environment, Vol. 149, pp. 13-32

Goyens, C., Jamet, C., and Ruddick, K. (2013). Spectral relationships for atmospheric correction. I. Validation of red and near infra-red marine reflectance relationships. Optics Express, Vol. 21(8), pp. 21162–21175. DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.021162.

Goyens, C., Jamet, C. & Ruddick, K. (2013). Spectral relationships for atmospheric correction. II. Improving NASA's standard and MUMM near infra-red modeling schemes. Optics Express, Vol. 21(18), pp. 21176–21187. DOI: 10.1364/OE.21.021176. 

Goyens, C., Jamet, C., and Schroeder, T. (2013). Evaluation of four atmospheric correction algorithms for MODIS-AQUA images over contrasted coastal waters. Remote Sensing of Environment, 131: 63-75. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.12.006 

- Lauwaet D., van Lipzig, N.P.M., Van Weverberg, K., De Ridder, K., and Goyens, C. (2011). The precipitation response to the desiccation of Lake Chad. Q. J. R. Meteorol. Soc., 137: 000–000. DOI:10.1002/qj.942

Goyens, C., Lauwaet, D., van Lipzig, N.P.M., and Schröder, M. (2011). Tracking Mesoscale Convective Sytems in the Sahel: Relation between cloud characteristics and precipitation. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2407 

- Cook, G. and Goyens, C. (2008). The impact of wind on trees in Australian tropical savannas: Lessons from Cyclone Monica. Austral Ecology, Vol. 33 (4), pp. 462-470

Goyens, C., Verdoodt, A., Van De Wauw, J., Baert, G., van Engelen, V.W.P., Dijkshoorn, J.A., et Van Ranst, E. (2007). Base de Données Numériques sur les Sols et le TERrain (SOTER) de l'Afrique Centrale (RD Congo, Rwanda et Burundi). Etudes et Gestion des Sols, Vol. 14 (3), pp. 207-218


PhD. Thesis (2013):
Validation and improvement of atmospheric correction methods for ocean colour images in optically complex coastal waters. PhdThesis_CGoyens_ULCO_2013.pdf 

Earth Observation Master Thesis (2009):
Tracking Mesoscale Convective Systems in the Sahel: Relation between cloud characteristics and rainfall efficiency. MasterThesis_CGoyens_KULeuven_2009.pdf 

Online Reports:

- Arellano, A., Briggs, N., Cao, F., Chase, A., Chen, H., Dave, A., Goyens, C., et al., Portfolio of Measurement, Processing, and Analysis Techniques for Optical Oceanography Data, A report created by the students of: Calibration and Validation for Ocean Color Remote Sensing, University of Maine Darling Marine Center, 11-29 July 2011 (Funding provided by NASA)