Clément de Boyer Montégut

Research Scientist at IFREMER
Laboratory of Ocean Physics and Satellite remote sensing (LOPS)


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Contact :

IFREMER - Centre de Brest
Laboratoire d'Océanographie Physique et Spatiale
Pointe du diable, BP 70
29280 Plouzane
tel: +33-2-98-22-45-54
fax: +33-2-98-22-45-33


- Research interests
- Data
- Publications
- Curriculum

Research interests

- Estimation and analysis of oceanic surface layer characteristics and variability from in-situ observations (World Ocean Database, Argo...), e.g. estimation and generation of data of mixed layer depth, temperature, salinity, and study the role of salinity on surface stratification

- Understanding SST/SSS regulation mechanisms and air-sea interactions at basin scale, especially in the Indian Ocean Area, at intra-seasonal to interannual timescales. One tool often used is Ocean or Coupled General Circulation Models (e.g. Nemo).


The data produced in the frame of my work can be used freely with the appropriate reference and are available from:

You can also see below, in the publications list, which paper corresponds with the production and presentation of a new dataset/product (see articles with *), along with a link to the data.



See my ResearcherID or Google Scholar webpages for some citation metrics. As of January 2017, h-index is 18 from ResearcherID, and 21 from Google Scholar.

NB : Articles with a * are the ones for which a new dataset has been produced and a link is given to the corresponding data.


Keerthi, M. G., M. Lengaigne, M. Levy, J. Vialard, V. Parvathi, C. de Boyer Montégut, C. Ethé, O. Aumont, I. Suresh, and P.M. Muraleedharan (2017), Physical control of the interannual variations of the winter chlorophyll bloom in the northern Arabian Sea, submitted to Biogeosciences.


Refereed (28):


  • [28] Akhil, V. P., M. Lengaigne, J. Vialard, F. Durand, M. G. Keerthi, A. V. S. Chaitanya, F. Papa, V. V. Gopalakrishna, and C. de Boyer Monte︎gut (2016), A modeling study of processes controlling the Bay of Bengal sea surface salinity interannual variability, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC011662. [doi:10.1002/2016JC011662] / [pdf]
  • [27] Akhil, V. P., M. Lengaigne, F. Durand, J. Vialard, A. V. S. Chaitanya, M. G. Keerthi, V. V. Gopalakrishna, J. Boutin, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2016), Assessment of seasonal and year-to-year surface salinity signals retrieved from SMOS and Aquarius missions in the Bay of Bengal, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37 (5), 1089-1114. [doi:10.1080/01431161.2016.1145362] / [pdf]
  • [26] Keerthi, M. G., M. Lengaigne, K. Drushka, J. Vialard, C. de Boyer Montégut, S. Pous, M. Levy, and P. M. Muraleedharan (2016), Intraseasonal variability of mixed layer depth in the Tropical Indian Ocean, Clim. Dyn. [doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2721-z]


  • [25] Rodgers, K. B., O. Aumont , S. E. Mikaloff Fletcher, Y. Plancherel, L. Bopp, C. de Boyer Montégut, D. Iudicone, R. F. Keeling, G. Madec, and R. Wanninkhof (2014), Strong sensitivity of Southern Ocean carbon uptake and nutrient cycling to wind stirring, Biogeosciences, 11, 4077-4098. [doi:10.5194/bg-11-4077-2014] / [pdf]
  • [24] Benshila, R., F. Durand, S. Masson, R. Bourdallé-Badie, C. de Boyer Montégut, F. Papa, and G. Madec (2014), The upper Bay of Bengal salinity structure in a high-resolution model, Ocean Modelling, 74, 36-52. [doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2013.12.001] / [pdf]
  • [23] Praveen Kumar, B., J. Vialard, M. Lengaigne, V. S. N. Murty, G. R. Foltz, M. J. McPhaden, S. Pous, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2014), Processes of interannual mixed layer temperature variability in the thermocline ridge of the Indian Ocean, Clim. Dyn., 43, 2377-2397. [doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2059-y] / [pdf]
  • [22] de Boyer Montégut, C., F. Durand, R. Bourdallé-Badie, and B. Blanke (2014), Role of fronts in the formation of Arabian Sea barrier layers during summer monsoon, Ocean Dyn., 64, 809-822. [doi:10.1007/s10236-014-0716-7] / [pdf]
  • [21] Akhil, V. P., F. Durand, M. Lengaigne, J. Vialard, M. G. Keerthi, V. V. Gopalakrishna, C. Deltel, F. Papa, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2014), A modelling study of the processes of surface salinity seasonal cycle in the Bay of Bengal, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JC009632. [doi:10.1002/2013JC009632] / [pdf]


  • [20]* Cabanes, C., A. Grouazel, K. von Schuckmann, M. Hamon, V. Turpin, C. Coatanoan, F. Paris, S. Guinehut, C. Boone, N. Ferry, C. de Boyer Montégut, T. Carval, G. Reverdin, S. Pouliquen, and P.-Y. Le Traon (2013), The CORA dataset: validation and diagnostics of in-situ ocean temperature and salinity measurements, Ocean Sci., 9, 1–18. [doi:10.5194/os-9-1-2013] / [pdf] / data (CORA dataset)


  • [18] Martinez, E., D. Antoine, F. d'Ortenzio, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2011), Phytoplankton spring and fall blooms in the North Atlantic in the 1980s and 2000s, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 116, C11029, 11 pp. [doi:10.1029/2010JC006836] / [pdf]
  • [17] Souza, J. M. A. C., C. de Boyer Montégut, C. Cabanes, and P. Klein (2011), Estimation of the Aghulas ring impacts on meridional heat fluxes and transport using ARGO floats and satellite data, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L21602, 5pp. [doi:10.1029/2011GL049359] / [pdf]
  • [16] Souza, J. M. A. C., C. de Boyer Montégut, and P.-Y. Le Traon (2011), Comparison between three implementations of automatic identification algorithms for the quantification and characterization of mesoscale eddies in the South Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Sci., 7, 317-334. [doi:10.5194/os-7-317-2011] / [pdf]


  • [15] Izumo, T., J. Vialard, M. Lengaigne, C. de Boyer Montégut, S. K. Behera, J-J. Luo, S. Cravatte, S. Masson, and T. Yamagata (2010), Influence of the Indian Ocean Dipole on following year's El Nino, Nature Geo., 3, 168-172. [doi:10.1038/NGEO760] / [pdf] / suppl. informations [pdf] / news and views by Webster and Hoyos [pdf]
  • [14] Izumo, T., S. Masson, J. Vialard, C. de Boyer Montégut, S. K. Behera, G. Madec, K. Takahashi, and T. Yamagata (2009), Low and high frequency Madden-Julian oscillations in austral summer: interannual variations, Climate Dynamics, 35 (4), 669-683. [doi:10.1007/s00382-009-0655-z] / [pdf]


  • [12] Vialard, J., J.P. Duvel, M. McPhaden, P. Bouruet-Aubertot, B. Ward, E. Key, D. Bourras, R. Weller, P. Minnett, A. Weill, C. Cassou, L. Eymard, T. Fristedt, C. Basdevant, Y. Dandoneau, O. Duteil, T. Izumo, C. de Boyer Montégut, S. Masson, and F. Marsac (2009), Cirene: air-sea interactions in the Seychelles-Chagos thermocline ridge region, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., jan. 2009, 45-61. [doi:10.1175/2008BAMS2499.1] / [pdf], / suppl. material [pdf]


  • [11] Vialard, J., G. Foltz, M. McPhaden, J.-P. Duvel, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2008), Strong Indian Ocean sea surface temperature signals associated with the Madden-Julian Oscillation in late 2007 and early 2008, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L19608. [doi:10.1029/2008GL035238] / [pdf]
  • [10] Izumo, T., C. de Boyer Montégut, J.-J. Luo, S. K. Behera, S. Masson, and T. Yamagata (2008), The role of the western Arabian Sea upwelling in Indian monsoon rainfall variability, J. Climate, 21, 5603-5623. [doi:10.1175/2008JCLI2158.1] / [pdf]
  • [9] Rodgers, K. B., J. L. Sarmiento, O. Aumont, C. Crevoisier, C. de Boyer Montégut, and N. Metzl (2008), A wintertime uptake window for anthropogenic CO2 in the North Pacific, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 22, GB2020. [doi:10.1029/2006GB002920] / [pdf]


  • [8] Levy, M., D. Shankar, J.-M. André, S. S. C. Shenoi, F. Durand, and C. de Boyer Montégut (2007), Basin-wide seasonal evolution of the Indian Ocean's phytoplankton blooms, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 112, C12014. [doi:10.1029/2007JC004090] / [pdf]
  • [5] Vallina, S. M., R. Simo, S. Gasso, C. de Boyer Montégut, E. del Rio, E. Jurado, and J. Dachs (2007), Analysis of a potential "solar radiation dose-dimethylsulfide-cloud condensation nuclei" link from globally mapped seasonal correlations, Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 21, GB2004. [doi:10.1029/2006GB002787] / [pdf]
  • [4] de Boyer Montégut, C., J. Vialard, S. S. C. Shenoi, D. Shankar, F. Durand, C. Ethé, and G. Madec (2007), Simulated seasonal and interannual variability of mixed layer heat budget in the northern Indian Ocean, J. Climate, 20, 3249-3268. [doi:10.1175/JCLI4148.1] / [pdf]
  • [3] Durand, F., D. Shankar, C. de Boyer Montégut, S. S. C. Shenoi, B. Blanke, and G. Madec (2007), Modeling the barrier-layer formation in the South-Eastern Arabian Sea, J. Climate, 20, 2109-2120. [doi:10.1175/JCLI4112.1] / [pdf]



* Articles with an asterisk ([xx]*) above are the ones for which a new dataset has been produced and a link is given to the corresponding data.

Not Refereed (Newsletters, Scientific Reports...):


  • Cabanes C., de Boyer Montégut C., Coatanoan C., Ferry N., Pertuisot C., Von Schuckmann K., Petit De La Villeon L., Carval T., Pouliquen S., Le Traon P.-Y. (2010). CORA (Coriolis Ocean database for Re-Analyses), a new comprehensive and qualified ocean in-situ dataset from 1990 to 2008 and its use in GLORYS. Mercator/Coriolis Quarterly Newsletter, 37, 15-19. [Archimer open access version] / [pdf]
  • Cabanes C., de Boyer Montégut C., Von Schuckmann K., Coatanoan C., Pertuisot C., Petit De La Villeon L., Carval T., Pouliquen S., Le Traon P.-Y. (2010). CORA -Coriolis Ocean database for Re-Analyses-, a new comprehensive and qualified ocean in-situ dataset from 1990 to 2008. Mercator Quarterly Newsletter, 36, 5-7. [Archimer open access version] / [pdf]

Ph.D. Thesis Dissertation:


since sep. 2008

  • Research Scientist at IFREMER, Laboratory of Oceanography from Space (LOS, until 2015), Laboratory of Ocean Physics and Satellite remote sensing (LOPS since 2016), Brest, France

nov. 2005 - aug. 2008

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Frontier Research Center for Global Change, JAMSTEC, Yokohama, Japan

oct. 2005

  • Ph.D. Physical Oceanography, University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris VI, Paris, France

jun. 2001

  • M.S. Oceanography, Meteorology, Environment, University Pierre and Marie Curie - Paris VI, Paris, France
  • M.S. Engineering, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancées, Paris, France

jun. 1999

  • B.S. Fundamental Physics, University Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France