A biologist holding a PhD in geostatistics and an HDR (2012), the expertise of Francis GOHIN concerns the processing of ocean "colour" data in the optically complex waters of coastal areas. He has defined an algorithm (OC5) that is now commonly used to evaluate the concentration of chlorophyll and non-algal suspended particles present in the waters of the north-western European shelf. This algorithm is applied at Ifremer as well as at CMEMS (Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service).
He is involved in two European projects: JMP EUNOSAT (Joint Monitoring Programme for assessing the EUtrophication of NOrth-Sea using SATellite and in situ data) and Sentinel-3-EUROHAB. This second project, which runs from 2018 to 2021, aims to use Sentinel-3 to assess the water quality and harmful algal blooms on the surface waters of the Channel.