Dr. Gildas Cambon is a Modeling engineer at IRD, at LOPS (Laboratoire d’Océanographie Physique et Spatiale) In 2008, he obtained a Ph.D in physical oceanography at the University of Western Brittany (Brest, France). It was focused on the modeling and variability of the strong tidal front (called the Ushant front) acting, on the continental shelf, at the entrance of the English Channel. The same year, in 2008 he was been hired by Institut de Recherche pour le Development (IRD) as a modeling engineer. IRD is a French governmental pluridisciplinary science institute, whose specificity is to focus their research activities on collaboration and capacity building with developing countries.
He worked for IRD from 2008 to 2014 in LEGOS (Laboratoire d’Etude Géophysique e d’Océanographie Spatiale) in Toulouse (France). His activities were divided into two main parts. Firstly, he was responsible for the maintenance, development and distribution of the ROMS_AGRIF model and the associated pre- and post-processing tools. This ocean model is widely used in the community. The second part of his job was research oriented. He was involved in several research projects that focused on the modelling and dynamic of the Humboldt Current system, along the Peruvian and Chilean coasts. Thanks to these research activities, through long-stay visit, he spent several months in Peru, working with colleagues of IMARPE and IGP in Lima. In 2014, I joined LOPS HeBrest, France) as a research engineer in modelling and oriented his research activities towards the Benguela Upwelling system (along South-African and Namibian coasts), with a special focus on the modeling an understanding of fine scale processes and air-sea interactions at play in the nearshore upwelling zone. In this context he is still largely involved in the development the model CROCO (http://www.croco-ocean.org), that is descendant of ROMS_AGRIF), especially through the development of the coupling with atmospheric model as WRF.