Sylvain Ouillon received his Ph.D. degree in 1993 from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He is a physical coastal oceanographer and a Senior Scientist at the Laboratoire d’Etudes Geophysiques et d’Oceanographie Spatiale (LEGOS, Toulouse, France). He belongs to the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). He developed numerical models to simulate hydrodynamics and transport into suspension of cohesive and noncohesive particles in channels, in the Gambia River estuary, in river plumes of the Mediterranean Sea, in the lagoon of New Caledonia, and now in Vietnam. His field of interest encompasses water color and associated applications to remote sensing (optical properties at sea, biooptical algorithms, and suspended sediments mapping) and coastal processes in flow and sediment transport (grain size distribution and aggregation, wave-current interactions, and erodibility of sand-mud mixtures). He participated in numerous coastal sea cruises. Because of the strong interactions between living organisms and nonliving matter in coastal and estuarine environments, he is convinced of the necessity to mix different scientific approaches to improve our knowledge of sediment transport mechanisms in these natural environments and thus supported and participated in many pluridisciplinary studies for years with geochemists, microbiologists, and biogeochemists. Since September 2011, he has been posted in Hanoi (Vietnam) as the Director of the Water-Environment-Oceanography Department, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam.
Biography Updated on 19 August 2012