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Severine Fournier

Séverine Fournier did her PhD at IFREMER, France on the relationship between sea surface salinity and optical properties in river plumes using satellite measurements. She joined JPL in 2015. She currently studies land-sea fluxes and the effects of freshwater forcing on ocean dynamics using principally satellite sea surface salinity, ocean color and ocean currents measurements.

  • Ph.D., in Space Oceanography, IFREMER, LOS, Brest, France with Nicolas Reul and Bertrand Chapron, with Honors
  • Research Master Degree, Physical Methods in Remote sensing, University Paris 7
  • French Graduate Engineering School, ENSIETA, Brest, France - Specialization Hydrography-Oceanography, Category A IHO Certificate

Research Interests
  • Land-sea fluxes
  • Effects of freshwater forcing on ocean dynamics
  • Applications of satellite sea surface salinity missions (SMAP, AQUARIUS, SMOS)
  • Ocean color products

Professional Experience
  • Scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena (2018-present)
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (2017)
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA,USA (2015 - 2017)
  • Engineer intern at CLS (Collecte et Localisation par Satellites), Toulouse, France (2010)
  • Hydrographer onboard a Canadian Coast Guard Ship with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Newfoundland and Labrador (2008)

Selected Awards
  • 2014 NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship - Application of multi-sensor satellite observations to study river plumes and their relationship with other oceanic biophysical properties

Selected Publications
  1. Fournier S., Lee T., Wang X., Fukumori I., Kwok R., Wang O. (2019). Sea surface salinity as a proxy for Arctic Ocean freshwater changes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, in preparation
  2. Reul N., Arias M., Boutin J., Catany R., Chapron B., D'Amico F., Dinnat E., Donlon C., Fore A., Fournier S., Grodsky S.A., Guimbard S., Hasson A., Kolodziejczyk N., Lagerloef G., Lee T., LeVine D., Lindstrom E., Maes C., Mecklenburg S., Meissner T., Olmedo E., Sabia R., Turiel A., Tenerelli J., Thouvenin-Masson C., Vergely J.L., Vinogradova N., Wentz F., and Yueh S. (2019) Sea Surface Salinity estimates from Spaceborne L-band radiometers: an overview of the first 9 years of observations (2010-2018). Remote Sensing of Environment, Special issue on 50 years of Sea Surface Salinity, in review
  3. Vinogradova N., Lee T., Boutin J., Drushka K., Fournier S., Sabia R., Stammer D., Bayler E., Reul N., Gordon A., Melnichenko O., Li L., Hackert E., Martin M., Hasson A., and Lindstrom E. (2019) Satellite Salinity Observing System: Recent Discoveries and the Way Forward. Frontiers in Marine Science, in review
  4. Fournier, S., Reager, J.T., Dzwonkowski, B., Vazquez-Cuervo, J. (2019). Statistical mapping of freshwater origin and fate signatures as land/ocean 'regions of influence' in the Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, in review
  5. Lee, T., Fournier, S., Gordon, A.L., Sprintall, J. (2019). Maritime Continent Water Cycle Regulates Low-latitude Chokepoint of Global Ocean Circulation. Nature Communications, accepted
  6. Olmedo, E., Gabarró, C., González-Gambau, V., Martínez, J., Ballabrera-Poy, J., Turiel, A., Portabella, M., Fournier, S. and Lee, T. (2018). Seven Years of SMOS Sea Surface Salinity at High Latitudes: Variability in Arctic and Sub-Arctic Regions. Remote Sensing, 10(11), p.1772.
  7. Vazquez-Cuervo J., Fournier S., Dzwonkowski B. (2018) Intercomparison of In-Situ and Remote Sensing Salinity Products in the Gulf of Mexico, a River-Influenced System. Remote Sens, 10(10), 1590.
  8. Dzwonkowski B., Fournier S., Reager J., Milroy S., Park K., Shiller A., Greer A., Soto I., Sanial V. (2018) Tracking Sea Surface Salinity and Oxygen in the Mississippi Bight: Is the System Primed for Hypoxia? Continental Shelf Research, accepted
  9. Dzwonkowski B., Fournier S., Park K., Dykstra S., Reager J.T. (2018) Water Column Stability and the Role of Velocity Shear on a Seasonally Stratified Shelf, Mississippi Bight, Northern Gulf of Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. doi: 10.1029/2017JC13624
  10. Tang, W.; Yueh, S.; Yang, D.; Fore, A.; Hayashi, A.; Lee, T.; Fournier, S.; Holt, B. (2018) The Potential and Challenges of Using Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Sea Surface Salinity to Monitor Arctic Ocean Freshwater Changes. Remote Sens., 10, 869. doi: 10.3390/rs10060869
  11. Fournier S., Vialard J., Lengaigne M., Lee T., Gierach M. (2017). Modulation of the Ganges-Brahmaputra river plume by the Indian Ocean Dipole and eddies inferred from satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans,122.
  12. Fournier, S., Vandemark, D., Gaultier, L., Lee, T., Jonsson, B., & Gierach, M. M. (2017). Interannual variation in offshore advection of Amazon-Orinoco plume waters: Observations, forcing mechanisms, and impacts. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122.
  13. Fournier, S., Reager, J. T., Lee, T., Vazquez-Cuervo, J., David, C. H., Gierach, M. M. (2016). SMAP observes flooding from land to sea: The Texas event of 2015. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 10,338-10,346, doi: 10.1002/2016GL070821
  14. Fournier S., Lee T., Gierach M. (2016). Seasonal and interannual variations of sea surface salinity associated with the Mississippi River plume observed by SMOS and Aquarius. Remote Science of Environment, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 180, 2016, Pages 431-439, ISSN 0034-4257,
  15. Fournier S., Chapron B., Salisbury J., Vandemark D., Reul N. (2015). Comparison of spaceborne measurements of Sea Surface Salinity and colored detrital matter in the Amazon plume. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 120, 3177-3192, doi: 10.1002/2014JC010109
  16. Reul N., Quilfen Y., Chapron B., Fournier S., Kudryavtsev V., Sabia R. (2014). Multi-Sensor Observations of the Amazon Orinoco River Plume Interactions with Hurricanes. J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, 8271-8295, doi: 10.1002/2014JC010107
  17. Reul N., Fournier S., Boutin J., Hernandez O., Maes C., Chapron B., Alory G., Quilfen Y., Tenerelli J., Morisset S., Kerr Y., Mecklenburg S., and Delwart S. (2013). Sea surface salinity observations from space with the SMOS satellite: A new means to monitor the marine branch of the water cycle. J. et. al.. Surv. Geophys. (2014) 35: 681.

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