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


Marie-Hélène Forget


Contact information:
Université Laval,
Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, avenue de la Médecine
Local VCH-2064C,
Quebec city, (Quebec) G1V 0A6 Canada

Phone : 418-656-2131 ext. 2777
Fax : 418-656-2339
Email :

Ph.D. Biology (2002-2007)
Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
Assignment of photosynthetic parameters in estimation of marine phytoplankton production from remote sensing of ocean colour

M. Sc. Biology (1999-2003)
University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Daily variation of planktonic respiration and primary production in lakes and rivers using an oxygen method

B. Sc. Biology (1995-1998)
University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Research Interests :
Use of remote sensing of ocean colour and in situ optical measurements to address biological questions related to :

  • Photosynthesis and primary production
  • Phytoplankton biomass and types
  • In situ fluorescence by phytoplankton
  • Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)


Budge, S.M., Devred, E., Forget, M.-H., Stuart, V., Trzcinski, M.K., Sathyendranath, S. and Platt, T. (2014) Essential omega-3 fatty acids in the ocean: Supply and demand, ICES Journal of Marine Science, in press

Devred E., Turpie, K. R., Moses, W., Klemas, V. V., Moisan, T., Babin, M., Toro-Farmer, G., Forget, M.-H., Jo, Y.-H. (2013) Future Retrievals of Water Column Bio-Optical Properties using the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HyspIRI), Remote Sensing, 5, 6812-6837, doi:10.3390/rs5126812

Lawrenz, E., Silsbe, G. Capuzzo, E., Ylöstalo, P., Forster, R.M., Simis, S.G.H. Prášil, O. Kromkamp, J., Hickman, A.E., Moore, C.M. Forget, M.-H., Geider, R.J., Suggett D.J. (2013) Predicting the electron requirement for carbon fixation in seas and oceans, Plos One, 8(3), e58137. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058137

Forget, M.-H., Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., and Fanning, P. (2011) Phytoplankton size structure, distribution and primary production as the basis for trophic analysis of Caribbean ecosystems. ICES Journal of Marine Science. doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsq182.

Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Forget, M.-H. (2010) State of the ecosystem as observed by remote sensing: the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Coastal to Global Operational Oceanography: Achievements and Challenges, EuroGOOS publication no28, ISBN 978-91-974828-6-8: 69-76

Forget, M.-H., Platt, T., Stuart, S. and Sathyendranath, S. (2009) Societal applications in fisheries and aquaculture using remotely-sensed imagery - the SAFARI project. Proceeding of the OceanObs'09 Symposium, Venice, Italy, 5p.

Forget, M.-H., Carignan, R. and Hudon, C. (2009) Influence of diel cycles of respiration, chlorophyll and photosynthetic parameters on the summer metabolic balance of temperate lakes and rivers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 66: 1048–1058.

Sathyendranath, S., Stuart, V., Nair, A., Oka, K., Nakane, T., Bouman, H., Forget, M.-H., Maass, H., and Platt, T. (2009) Carbon-to-chlorophyll ratio and growth rate of phytoplankton in the sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 383: 73-84

Forget, M.-H., Fuentes-Yaco, Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Pommier, J., and Devred, E. (2008) Computation of Primary Production From Remote-Sensing of Ocean Colour at the Lagrangian site of C-SOLAS Marine Ecology Progress Series. 352: 27-38.

Bouman, H.A., Horne, EPW, Forget, M.-H., Sathyendranath, S, & Platt, T (2008) Variability in the community structure and photophysiology of coastal marine phytoplankton over an annual cycle. Proceeding of Ocean Optics XIX, Tuscany, Italy. 16p.

Zhai, L., Platt, T., Tang, C., Dowd, M., Sathyendranath, S. and Forget, M.-H. (2008) Estimation of phytoplankton loss rate by remote sensing. Geophysical Research Letter. 35: doi:10.1029/2008GL035666,

Platt, T., Sathyendranath, S., Forget, M.-H. Whitte, G. N., Caverhill, C., Bouman, H., Devred, E. and Son, S.-H. (2008) Operational mode estimation of primary production at large geographical scales. Remote Sensing of the Environment. 112: 3437-3448.

Nair, A., Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Morales, J., Stuart, V., Forget, M.-H., Devred, E. and Bouman, H. (2008) Remote sensing of phytoplankton functional types. Remote Sensing of the Environment. 112: 3366-3375.

Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., and Forget, M.-H. (2007). Oceanic primary production: Comparison of models. Proceeding of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engeneering (IEEE), Aberdeen, Scotland.

Forget, M.-H, Sathyendranath, S., Platt, T., Pommier, J., Vis, C., Kyewalyanga, M. S., Hudon, C. (2007) Extraction of Photosynthesis-Irradiance Parameters from Phytoplankton Production Data: Demonstration in Various Aquatic Systems. J. Plankton Res. 29(3): 249-262.

Forget, M.-H. (2007) Assignment of photosynthetic parameters in estimation of marine phytoplankton production from remote sensing of ocean colour. PhD Thesis, Dalhousie University, 251p.

Fuentes-Yaco, C, Devred, E., Platt, T, Sathyendranath, S., Forget, M.-H. and Son, S.-H. (2005). Principes physiques et interpretation de la luminance spectrale visible (la couleur de l'océan): applications aux données satellitaires. Physics in Canada. 61: 215-226.

Forget, M.-H. (2003) La variation journalière et saisonnière de la respiration planctonique et des paramètres photosynthétiques dans différents milieux aquatiques. MSc Thesis, University of Montreal, 105p.

Non-refereed publications:

IOCCG (2009). Remote Sensing in Fisheries and Aquaculture. Forget, M.-H., Stuart, V. and Platt, T. (eds.), Reports of the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group, No. 8, IOCCG, Dartmouth, Canada.

Forget, M.-H., Petit, M.A., Ramos, A.G., Andrefouet, S., Dupouy, C., Lotlikar, A., and Hampton, J. (2008). Report on the International Workshop on Remote-Sensing Applications to Fisheries. Workshop report. Published in the Proceedings of the SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing meeting, Noumea, New Caledonia, 13p.

Forget, M.-H. (2007). Phytoplankton community and primary production in the Caribbean waters: the biological oceanography component of the LAPE project. Technical report. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. xvi + 132p.

Bouman, H., Forget, M.-H. and Irwin, B. (2004) Shatt Al-Arab bio-optical program: Optical protocols and data management. Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Canada 48p.

Bondallaz, M., Forget, M.-H., Rondeau, N., and Carignan, R. (2000). Qualités de l'eau et des sédiments qui influencent la croissance de myriophyllum spicatum dans 10 lacs des Laurentides. Report presented within the framework of a prevention operation against myriophyllum spicatum in St-Hypolyte municipality. 15p.

Patoine, A., Blais, A.-M., Forget, M.-H., Lamontagne, S., and Marty, J. (1999). Respecter la variabilité naturelle pour une gestion durable des ressources aquatiques. Essay presented within the framework of public audiences on water management in Quebec. 16p.