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Pierre-François Coheur

Scientific Career

  • 2017-: Professor at ULB
  • 2016-: Co-director of the laboratory of Spectroscopy, Quantum Chemistry and Atmospheric Remote Sensing
  • 2015-2017: Associate Professor at ULB
  • 2013-2015: Senior Research Associate (Maître de Recherches) at FRS-FNRS
  • 2005-2013: Research Associate (Chercheur Qualifié) at FRS-FNRS
  • 2005-2015: Senior Lecturer « Maître de conférence et d’enseignement » at ULB
  • 2009-2011: Supply Professor UMH (Mons-Hainaut University)
  • 2004-2005: Postdoctoral Researcher, Belspo/Prodex, ULB
  • 2001-2004: Postdoctoral Researcher (Chargé de Recherches), FNRS
  • 1999-2001: Postdoctoral Researcher, Belspo, ULB
  • 1994-1998: IRSIA/FRIA fellow (PhD bursary), ULB

Research interests

  • Remote-sensing of Earth and planetary atmospheres
  • Atmospheric radiative transfer and retrievals
  • Atmospheric chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Molecular spectroscopy

Membership of science committees and institutions

  • Member of the Local Committee for Chemistry of the Solvay Institutes. (2013-now)
  • Member of the Science Committee and former president of the FRS-FNRS Doctoral School “Sciences de l'Univers, de l'Espace, de la Terre et du Climat (UNITER)”. (2005-now)
  • Member of the MTG-IRS Mission Advisory Group (EUMETSAT). (2017-now)
  • Member of the IASI Sounder Science Working Group (EUMETSAT-CNES). (2009-now)
  • Member of the scientific committee of the international IASI Conference series. (2006-now)
  • Member of the ACE Science Team. (2004-now)
  • Lead Investigator of the Nitrosat Earth Explorer candidate mission (ESA).
  • FRS-FNRS committees

  • Member of the SEN4 scientific commission of FRS-FNRS. 2016-2018
  • Member of the SEN1 scientific commission of FRS-FNRS. 2012-2014
  • Member of the FRIA PE10-jury 1. 2016-now
  • Member of the FRIA scientific commission 16. 2013-2015

Running projects

  • “Satellite Application Facility on Atmospheric Composition Monitoring (ACSAF)” EUMETSAT. (2017-2022)
  • “Oxygenated organic Compounds in the Tropical Atmosphere: Variability and atmosphere-biosphere Exchanges (OCTAVE)”. Belspo-BRAIN. (2017-2020)
  • “CaRbon species in the Atmosphere of Mars from Infrared Composition sounders” (CRAMIC). F.R.S.-FNRS. (2016-2020)
  • “Infrared Atmospheric Sounding with IASI and Follow-on missions” (IASI.Flow). Belspo-ESA-Prodex. (2019-2021)
  • Satellite Application Facility on Ozone and Atmospheric Chemistry Monitoring, Belgian contribution to the third Continuous Development and Operations Phase – BO3MSAF (ESA/Belspo Prodex). (2017-2022)

PhD theses

  • Hélène De Longueville; Sciences (Chemistry), ongoing
  • Gilles Lecomte; Sciences (Chemistry), ongoing
  • Jimmy Bouche; Sciences (Chemistry), ongoing
  • Ermioni Dimitropoulou; Sciences (Chemistry), co-supervision with BIRA-IASB, ongoing
  • Veerle De Bock; Sciences (Chemistry), co-supervision with KMI-IRM ongoing
  • Stamatia Doniki; Sciences (Chemistry), Août 2019
  • Gaétane Ronsmans; Sciences (Chemistry), November 2018
  • Simon Whitburn; Bioengineering sciences, December 2017
  • Enrico Dammers; Environmental Sciences, co-supervision with VU Amsterdam September 2017
  • Sophie Bauduin; Sciences (Chemistry), October 2016
  • Yannick Willame; Sciences (Physics), co-supervision with BIRA-IASB November 2015
  • Martin Van Damme; Bioengineering sciences, joint supervision with VU Amsterdam May 2015
  • Jean-Lionel Lacour; Sciences (Geology), January 2015
  • Yasmina R’honi; Sciences (Chemistry), June 2014
  • Robin Campion; Sciences (Geology), co-supervision with A. Bernard ULB, 2011
  • Catherine Wespes; Sciences (Chemistry), February 2010

Former Postdocs and Research Assistants

  • Valentin Duflot (now at Laboratoire de l’atmosphère et des Cyclones, Université de La Réunion)
  • Federico Karagulian (now at Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi KU)
  • Michaël Theunissen
  • Robin Campion (now at now at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Department of Vulcanology)
  • Yasmine Ngadi
  • Oliver Scharf (now at IFG Institute for Scientific Instrument)
  • Hervé Herbin (now at Laboratoire d4optique Atmosphérique, Université de Lille 1,)
  • Brice Barret (now at Laboratoire d’Aérologie, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France)

Principal Collaborations

  • Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales, Paris, France (C. Clerbaux, M. George, J. Hadji-Lazaro, S. Safieddine, A. Boynard).
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Division, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, U.S.A. (D. Edwards, H. Worden)
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut, The Netherlands (P. Levelt, F. Boersma and coworkers)
  • Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France (S. Turquety, C. Crevoisier)
  • Atmospheric Composition Analysis Group, Dpt of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, (R. Martin)
  • Laboratoire de l’Atmosphère et des cyclones, Université de La Réunion, France (V. Duflot, H. Benchérif)
  • University of Waterloo, Canada; University of Old Dominion, MA, U.S.A. (P. Bernath)
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland (J. Tamminen, S. Hasinnen)
  • Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy (BIRA/IASB), Brussels, Belgium (M. De Mazière, M. Van Roozendael, J. Stavrakou, J.F. Müller, AC Vandaele)
  • NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK (M. Sutton, S. Reis)
  • VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Hydrology and Geo-environmental Sciences, The Netherlands (J.W. Erisman, G. Van der Werf)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Composition Modeling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A. (C. Heald)
  • Atmospheric Chemistry Group, Princeton University, U.S.A. (M. Zondlo)
  • Institute for Space Astrophysics and Planetology, Rome, Italy (M. Giurana)
  • Dep. Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Japan (Y. Kasaba)

Teaching Activities

Publications

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Contact

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Université Libre de Bruxelles, CP160/09
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