Colloquium 2004


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 36th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics


Marine Environmental Monitoring and Predictions


Colloquium 2004




Operational ocean modelling is becoming a standard tool for management of ocean ressources. Observational networks are operating on a routine basis and numerical models are assimilating data for specific purposes. Though used routinely, operational modelling and monitoring  still pose a series of open scientific questions that should be addressed in order to improve the products of those operational modelling, monitoring and prediction systems.

The aim of the colloquium is to bring together scientists in order to identify the most critical scientific improvements to be brought to these modelling and monitoring systems for marine environmental predictions. The colloquium will give the operational community an opportunity to express scientific needs and priorities based on experience from years of ocean observations and forecasting. Among the topics which should be covered by the presentations are the following:

-Data related problems:

cost/benefit analyses of observation networks (data impact studies), definition for optimal spatial and temporal coverage, operational quality check of data, optimisation of observational systems, integration of multidisciplinary observations, strategies for data storage and reanalyses, qualitative and quantitative assessments of operational products,  

-Modelling and marine data assimilation aspects:

assessments, understanding and correction of biases,  model error modeling, intercomparison strategies, specific adaptations for coastal zones vs. open ocean monitoring and modelling systems,

-Data Assimilation aspects:

development of new assimilation techniques and next generation models (e.g. finite volumes, adaptive grids), incorporation of coastal data into open ocean models or global systems, up and downscaling problems, coupling with atmospheric models, ice cover models  and  incorporation of bio-geochemical modelling into operational models, operational ecosystem modelling.

- Demonstrations of operational or practical products (e.g. pollution management, climate predictions) are also welcome as well as presentations of existing operational systems and their defined needs for scientific development.



The Colloquium is held as usually at the Liège University on Sart-Tilman.

Liège can be reached conveniently by fast train connections from Paris and Köln

and by regular train connections with airports in Brussels, Maastricht and Düsseldorf.

From Liège, popular day visits allow to see

Brussels, Brugge, Namur, Maastricht, Aachen or the natural reserve of "Les Hautes Fagnes".



  • Bahurel, P., SHOM, EU
  • Beckers, J.M., ULg, EU
  • Bell, M., Met Office, EU
  • Chassignet, E., RSMAS, USA
  • Dahlin, H., Eurogoos, EU
  • Deleersnijder, E., UCL, EU
  • Desaubies, Y., IFREMER, EU
  • Evensen, G.,  NERSC, Norway
  • Fellous, J.L., IFREMER, EU
  • Fukumori, I.,  JPL, USA
  • Hulburt, H., NRL, USA
  • Kawamura, H., EORC, Japan
  • Le Traon, P.Y., CLS, EU
  • Ménard, Y., CNES, EU
  • Nihoul, J., ULg, EU
  • Pinardi, N., INGV, EU
  • Rayner, R. Fugro GEOS, EU
  • Smith, N., BMRC/GODAE, Australia
  • Verron, J. , CNRS/LEGI,  EU
  • Wilson, S., NOAA, USA



The members of the Organizing Committees wish to express their gratitude to the :

for their valuable assistance in organizing the Colloquium.




 Last modified 11/09/2005