Researcher Profile

Yves Gratton

Job Title: Professeur
Employer: University of Québec Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
High School attended: Collège St-Viateur d'Outremont
Further Education: Universite du Quebec (B.Sc. - Mathematics; M.Sc. - Oceanography), University of British Columbia (Ph.D. - Physics). Geographic focus of research: Québec (Gulf of St.Lawrence, Saguenay Fjord), NWT (Baffin Bay), Western Mediterranean Sea, North-West Atlantic

Brief synopsis of current research:
Satellite infrared thermal image of a cyclonic eddy and of a shear instability in the lower St.Lawrence Estuary. The surface temperature ranges from 5°C (dark blue) to 17°C (dark green)
Geophysical fluid dynamics.
Ocean circulation, mixing processes, waves and tides.
Impacts of physical processes on biological production.
Process modelling.
Polar oceanography.

Mailing address:
INRS-Eau, 2800 Einstein, Ste-Foy, Qc, G1V 4C7

Recent Publications:

Zakardjian, B.A., Y. Gratton and A.F. Vézina. 2000. Late-spring phytoplankton bloom in the lower St. Lawrence estuary: the flushing hypothesis revisited. Mar. Ecol. Prog Ser., in press.

Marsden, R.F. and Y. Gratton, 1998. Surface pulses in the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary. Atmos.-Ocean, 36(3) : 271-295.

Marsden, R.F. and Y. Gratton, 1997. A method for correcting vertical velocities measured from a vessel-mounted acoustic Doppler current profiler. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 14: 533-597. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 14: 533-538.

Aquatic sciences, especially polar oceanography, should offer new career opportunities in the near future. Global warming will impact our northern aquatic regions, especially the Canadian Arctic Achipelago. We need to know to what extent. We also need to know how this will affect our marine species.