Marine Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Prediction

Place of the Conference: University of Liège - Place du 20-Août, 7 - 4000 Liège - Belgium

4-8 May 2015

Terms of reference

Ocean modelling has become a standard tool for management of ocean resources during the last decade. Observational networks are operating on a routine basis and numerical models are assimilating data for specific purposes. Though used routinely, monitoring, modelling and data assimilation still pose a series of open scientific questions that should be addressed in order to improve the products of those 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 and assessments. The colloquium will give the 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:

  • Monitoring and data related problems including, cost/benefit analyses of observation networks (data impact studies), definition for optimal spatial and temporal coverage, quality check of data, optimisation of observational systems, integration of multidisciplinary observations, strategies for data storage and reanalyses, new low cost observing techniques, data mining and big data problems
  • Modelling and prediction aspects including error assessments, understanding and correction of biases, model error modeling, intercomparison strategies, specific adaptations for coastal zones vs. open ocean monitoring and modelling systems, incorporation of bio-geochemical and ecosystem modelling, coupling with atmospheric models, ice cover models, multi-model approaches and next generation models (e.g. finite volumes, adaptive grids).
  • Data Assimilation aspects including development of new assimilation techniques, incorporation of coastal data into open ocean models or global systems, up and downscaling problems, and qualitative and quantitative assessments of ocean analysis, assimilation challenges related to bio-geochemical and ecosystem models and dealing with non-gaussian distributions
  • Demonstrations of operational products and downstream applications (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 preliminary program can be accessed here.


  • For poster presentation: Poster should fit within a vertical frame with 125 cm height and 92 cm width
  • For oral presentation: You will have 15 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes for questions

Special Issue

A special issue will be published Ocean Dynamics with contributions from the authors of the colloquium.

Contributions from first author of an oral or poster presentation during the colloquium are welcome.


Scientific Organizing Committee

  • Barth, A., ULg, Belgium
  • Beckers, J.-M., ULg, Belgium
  • Bertino, L., NERSC, Norway
  • Brasseur, P., LGGE, France
  • Chassignet, E., FSU, USA
  • De Mey, P. LEGOS, France
  • Fennel, K., Dalhousie University, Canada
  • Goosse, H., UCL, Belgium
  • Kurapov, A., OSU, USA
  • Lermusiaux, P., MIT, USA
  • Le Traon, P.-Y., Ifremer/EuroGOOS, France
  • Nerger, L., AWI, Germany
  • Smith, N., TPOS 2020, Australia
  • Stanev, E., HZG, Germany
  • Van Leeuwen, P.-J., U-Reading, United Kingdom
  • Verlaan, M., Deltares, Netherlands
  • Wang, B., IAP, CAS, China
  • Yan, Y., LISTIC, France
  • Zhu, J., IAP, CAS, China

Keynote speakers

  • Joaquín Tintoré (SOCIB/UIB, Spain): The impact of new multi-platform observing and forecasting systems in science and society
  • Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Ifremer/Mercator-Océan, France): Operational Oceanography in Europe: status, perspectives and challenges
  • Katja Fennel (Dalhousie University, Canada)
  • John Wilkin (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Nadia Pinardi (INGV, Italy)
  • Peter-Jan Van Leeuwen (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
  • Pierre Lermusiaux (MIT, USA)



You can register to the 47th Liege Colloquium by filling the form below.

Registration form

If you have difficulties with the registration form, please e-mail this information to


Abstract submission

The abstracts submission deadline has passed. Late submissions might still be considered as a poster.

To submit an abstract, please use our online submission system.

If you have some questions, please contact

If you want your abstract to be considered in one of the thematic sessions, please specify the name of the session during the submission.

If you have problems with the online submission system, you can send your abstract by e-mail to, using one of the templates below to format it.

The abstract must fit on one page.


  • 30th January 2015: submission of abstracts  (late contributions may still be considered as a poster)
  • 21th February 2015: decision of the Scientific organizing committee of accepted abstracts
  • 7th March 2015: the preliminary program will be made available


Registration fee

Registration fee for the 47th International Lige Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics is 330 (early registration deadline has passed)

Payements can be made by:

  1. BANK Transfer  (see details below)
  2. Cheques, Eurocheques or Cheques on an American Bank in US Dollars. (Add 10% if you pay by cheque!) (See details below)
  3. Visa/Mastercard/American Express/Paypal  (Paypal account is not necessary in some countries to go through paypal paiement, see options)
  4. Optional message to organizers
  5. Cash money.

The registration fee includes :

  • all the documents
  • coffee breaks
  • participation to the Colloquium dinner held at the "Crowne Plaza Hotel" (Wednesday evening at 19:00)
  • the ice breaker party (Monday evening)

Once paid, the registration fee can not be reimbursed

Bank transfer

Modelenvironment account: 001-4193631-09

IBAN: BE52 001419363109

rue du Sart Tilman, 373
4031 Angleur

Do not forget to:

  • mention the name of the participant in the bank transfer communication ("firstname & lastname of the participant / Colloquium 2015").
  • pay extra costs (bank charges)


Cheques must be made out to:

Dr Salim Djenidi
University of Liège
Sart Tilman B5a
4000, Liège

Do not forget to:

  • Add 10% if you pay by cheque for bank charges.
  • mention the name of the participant in the bank transfer communication ("firstname & lastname of the participant / Colloquium 2015").


Jacques Nihoul student poster award

We are pleased to announce the "Jacques Nihoul PhD Student Poster Award" to a PhD student presenting a poster at the Liège colloquium.

PhD students who wish to participate have to mention in the upper left corner of their poster "PhD Student Poster Contest".

The scientific committee will select the winner during the poster session on Wednesday May 6th and the award will be delivered during the colloquium official dinner on Wednesday May 6th evening.

The selection will be made Steering Committee members based on quality of the overall presentation and the scientific content.