Bouchra Nechad

Nechad Bouchra
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+32 (0)2 773 21 01
Key Publications
B. Nechad, Ruddick, K. , Schroeder, T. , Oubelkheir, K. , Blondeau-Patissier, D. , Cherukuru, N. , Brando, V. , Dekker, A. , Clementson, L. , Banks, A. C. , and , , CoastColour Round Robin datasets: a database to evaluate the performance of algorithms for the retrieval of water quality parameters in coastal waters, Earth System Science Data Discussions, vol. 8, pp. 173-258, 2015.
B. Nechad, Ruddick, K. G. , and Park, Y. , Calibration and validation of a generic multisensor algorithm for mapping of total suspended matter in turbid waters, REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, vol. 114, pp. 854-866, 2010.
Professional experiences

01/01/2004 > 31/12/2016: Teaching Ocean Colour Remote Sensing Principles and Applications

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

FORMATAC (12-16 July 2004, organized by Pr. André Ozer, ULg in Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Tangier), Hyperteach (RBINS and VUB, 2005, Brussels), and ESA SNAP training course (26-27 September at the National Institute for Marine Research and Development "Grigore Antipa" (INCDM), Constanta, Romania).

01/01/2015 > 31/12/2016: Publication of the CoastColour Round Robin database (ESA CoastColour project). Assessment of the best in-water algorithms for retrieval of TSM, turbidity and IOPs, in scattering and extremely scattering waters (Case2X project, ESA SEOM).

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2010 > 31/12/2016: Participation to several measurement campaigns at sea, rivers and lakes (~1 to 3 per year).

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

Preparation of five RV Belgica campaigns since 2014 and three mini-campaigns in Belgium 2015-2016 (Scheldt River, the Senne, Spuikom). The field measurements were supported by BELSPO (BELCOLOUR-2, SeaSWIR, TurbiNet) and EU FP7 (HighROC).

01/01/2013 > 31/12/2014: Validation of atmospheric correction and TSM algorithms in the extremely turbid waters of the Gironde (France), Río de la Plata (Argentina) and the Yangtze (China) Rivers, establishing the best algorithms for application with MODIS, MERIS and GOCI images

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2012 > 31/12/2012: Intercomparison of MERIS products/algorithms performance (ESA CoastColour project).

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2011 > 31/12/2011: Validation of MODIS TSM products and MODIS-Recoloured (cloud filling with DINEOF) based on turbidity measurements from smart buoys platforms (in collaboration with the University of Liège and Cefas, UK).

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2008 > 31/12/2009: tudy of the variation of the diffuse attenuation with varying cloud conditions and sun zenith angles, using a radiative transfer software (HydroLight). Setting up a water turbidity algorithm for the Belgian coastal waters, refined and validated later for

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2006 > 31/12/2007: Comparison of the Sea Surface Temperature products from MODIS, OPTOS-NOS model and in situ measurements. TSM derived from satellite, in situ and transport model, in the southern North Sea, were compared, in collaboration with the sediment transport modell

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2003 > 31/12/2005: TSM algorithm design, calibration and validation for the turbid Belgian coastal waters, using SeaWiFS imagery. The algorithm was refined and extended for multi-sensor applications (BEL-COLOUR project, 2010) and for various regions (BEL-GOYA project, 2013)

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/01/2001 > 31/12/2002: development of a processing chain for SeaWiFS imagery over the southern North Sea, mapping chlorophyll and TSM concentrations.

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

Later the processing was adapted to include MODIS-Aqua and MODIS-Terra products, and run in near real time.

01/01/2000 > 31/12/2000: geo-referencing and atmospheric correction of HRV-SPOT (20m) imagery, for mapping of Total Suspended Matter concentrations (TSM) over San Vicente Bay (Chile) as part of an environmental study.

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)
Academic training

01/11/1999 > ongoing: Research assistant

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS, Belgium), Operational Directorate Natural Environment (former Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Models)

01/08/1996 > 31/08/1999: Engineer at the Marine Meteorological Forecasting service

Direction de la Météorologie Nationale (DMN, Casablanca, Morocco)

01/09/1993 > 31/07/1996: Engineering graduate in Meteorology

Graduate
Ecole Nationale de Météorologie (Toulouse, France)

thesis on Numerical Forecasting

01/09/1991 > 31/07/1993: Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles

Graduate
Lycée Moulay Youssef (Rabat, Morocco)

01/09/1984 > 31/07/1991: Secondary school graduate

graduate, Sciences Mathématiques
Rabat, Morocco

2015

A. I. Dogliotti, Ruddick, K. G. , Nechad, B. , Doxaran, D. , and Knaeps, E. , A single algorithm to retrieve turbidity from remotely-sensed data in all coastal and estuarine waters, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 156, pp. 157-168, 2015.
B. Nechad, Ruddick, K. , Schroeder, T. , Oubelkheir, K. , Blondeau-Patissier, D. , Cherukuru, N. , Brando, V. , Dekker, A. , Clementson, L. , Banks, A. C. , and , , CoastColour Round Robin datasets: a database to evaluate the performance of algorithms for the retrieval of water quality parameters in coastal waters, Earth System Science Data Discussions, vol. 8, pp. 173-258, 2015.
E. Knaeps, Ruddick, K. G. , Doxaran, D. , Dogliotti, A. I. , Nechad, B. , Raymaekers, D. , and Sterckx, S. , A SWIR based algorithm to retrieve total suspended matter in extremely turbid waters, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 168, pp. 66-79, 2015.

2013

M. Baeye, Fettweis, M. , Van Lancker, V. , Francken, F. , Nechad, B. , Vanhellemont, Q. , Van den Eynde, D. , and Ozer, J. , Spatio-temporal Dynamics of the Turbidity Maximum in the Belgian-Dutch Coastal Zone (51.5°N).. RBINS, 2013.
M. Baeye, Fettweis, M. , Van Lancker, V. , Francken, F. , Nechad, B. , Vanhellemont, Q. , Van Den Eynde, D. , and Ozer, J. , Spatio-temporal Dynamics of the Turbidity Maximum in the Belgian-Dutch Coastal Zone (51.5°N).. RBINS, 2013.

2012

M. Fettweis, Monbaliu, J. , Nechad, B. , Baeye, M. , and Van den Eynde, D. , Weather and climate related spatial varability of high turbidity areas in the North Sea and the English Channel, vol. 7 - 11 May 2012. Liège Colloquium, 2012.
M. Fettweis, Monbaliu, J. , Baeye, M. , Nechad, B. , and Van Den Eynde, D. , Weather and climate related spatial varability of high turbidity areas in the North Sea and the English Channel, Methods in Oceanography, 2012.

2011

D. Sirjacobs, Alvera-Azcárate, A. , Barth, A. , Lacroix, G. , Park, Y. - J. , Nechad, B. , Ruddick, K. , and Beckers, J. - M. , Cloud filling of ocean color and sea surface temperature remote sensing products over the Southern North Sea by the Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions methodology., Journal of Sea Research, vol. 65, pp. 114-130, 2011.
D. Sirjacobs, Alvera-Azcárate, A. , Barth, A. , Lacroix, G. , Park, Y. - J. , Nechad, B. , Ruddick, K. , and Beckers, J. - M. , Cloud filling of ocean color and sea surface temperature remote sensing products over the Southern North Sea by the Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions methodology., Journal of Sea Research, vol. 65, pp. 114-130, 2011.

2010

B. Nechad, Ruddick, K. G. , and Park, Y. , Calibration and validation of a generic multisensor algorithm for mapping of total suspended matter in turbid waters, REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT, vol. 114, pp. 854-866, 2010.

2009

D. Sirjacobs, Alvera-Azcárate, A. , Barth, A. , Park, Y. - J. , Nechad, B. , Lacroix, G. , Ruddick, K. , and Beckers, J. - M. , Uses of DINEOF algorithm (Data interpolation with Empirical Orthogonal Functions) for reconstruction and analysis of incomplete satellite databases over the North Sea and the Mediterranean, synthesis from the RECOLOUR project., in Earth Observation Days, Maaseik (Belgium), 28 April 2009, 2009.
D. Sirjacobs, Alvera-Azcárate, A. , Barth, A. , Lacroix, G. , Park, Y. - J. , Nechad, B. , Ruddick, K. , and Beckers, J. - M. , Reconstruction of complete space-time surface chlorophyll a (chl), total suspended matter (TSM) and sea temperature (SST) over the North Sea with monovariate and multivariate exploitations of the data interpolating empirical orthogonal functions method., in Book of abstracts An overview of marine research in Belgium anno 2009. 10th VLIZ Young Scientists{'} Day. Special edition at the occasion of 10 years VLIZ. Oostende, 27 November 2009, 2009.

2008

2007

M. Fettweis, Nechad, B. , and Van den Eynde, D. , An estimate of the suspended particulate matter (SPM) transport in the southern North Sea using SeaWiFS images, in situ measurements and numerical model results, Continental Shelf Research, vol. 27, pp. 1568-1583, 2007.
Vd.E. D., Nechad, B. , Fettweis, M. , and Francken, F. , Seasonal variability of suspended particulate matter observed from SeaWiFS images near the Belgian coast, Proceedings in Marine Science, vol. 8, pp. 291-311, 2007.
B. Van Mol, Ruddick, K. , Astoreca, R. , Park, Y. , and Nechad, B. , Optical detection of a Noctiluca scintillans bloom, EARSeL eProceedings, vol. 6, pp. 130-137, 2007.
M. Fettweis, Four, I. Du, Zeelmaekers, E. , Baeteman, C. , Franken, F. , Houziaux, J. - S. , Mathys, M. , Nechad, B. , Pison, V. , Vandenberghe, N. , Van Den Eynde, D. , Van Lancker, V. , and Wartel, S. , Mud Origin, Characterisation and Human Activities (MOCHA). 2007.
M. Fettweis, Four, I. Du, Zeelmaekers, E. , Baeteman, C. , Franken, F. , Houziaux, J. - S. , Mathys, M. , Nechad, B. , Pison, V. , Vandenberghe, N. , Van Den Eynde, D. , Van Lanker, V. , and Wartel, S. , Mud Origin, Characterisation and Human Activities (MOCHA). 2007.

2004

B. Van Mol, Park, Y. - J. , Ruddick, K. , and Nechad, B. , Mapping of chlorophyll and suspended particulate matter maps from CHRIS imagery of the oostende core site, in European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP, 2004, pp. 148-155.
K. Ruddick, Park, Y. , and Nechad, B. , Meris imagery of belgian coastal waters: Mapping of suspended participate matter and chlorophyll-A, in European Space Agency, (Special Publication) ESA SP, 2004, pp. 217-226.
B. Van Mol, Park, Y. , Ruddick, K. , and Nechad, B. , Mapping of chlorophyll and suspended particulate matter from CHRIS imagery of the Oostende core site, in ESA Special Publication, 2004, vol. SP-578.

2003

K. Ruddick, Park, Y. , and Nechad, B. , MERIS imagery of Belgian coastal waters: mapping of Suspended Particulate Matter and Chlorophyll-a, presented at the dec, 2003, vol. SP-549.
01/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

TurbiNet (BELSPO, 2015-2017)

TURBINET is a network to establish long-term collaboration and data-sharing by establishing harmonized measurement protocols and data quality for ocean colour satellite data validation activities.
01/01/2015 to 31/12/2017

Case2X (ESA SEOM, 2015-2017)

The objective was to study and advance the state of the art of retrieval of water reflectances, IOPs and concentrations from ocean colour data of extreme absorbing and extreme scattering Case 2 waters, demonstrating this with MERIS historical data and preparing algorithms and processors for the near future Sentinel 3 OLCI and SLSTR sensors.
01/01/2012 to 31/12/2014

SeaSWIR (BELSPO, 2012-2014)

Use of the Short Wave Infrared (SWIR, 1-3 m) range offers new opportunities, but requires fundamental research and measurements for a sound theoretical basis. Providing this basis is the focus of the SeaSWIR proposal.
01/01/2013 to 31/12/2014

BelGOYA (BELSPO, 2013-2014)

The general objective of the BEL-GOYA project was to develop, compare and validate algorithms for atmospheric correction and suspended particulate matter (SPM) retrieval from ocean colour satellite data of extremely turbid river plumes and estuaries.
01/01/2007 to 31/12/2011

COASTCOLOUR (ESA, 2007-2011)

The importance of the coastal zone for economic activities, and the anthropogenic stresses on the ecosystem, have been described and discussed widely throughout the past 20 years.
01/12/2006 to 30/11/2011

BELCOLOUR-2 (BELSPO/STEREO, 2007-2011)

The objective of the BELCOLOUR-2 project was to further improve the quality of existing optical remote sensing products for marine, coastal and inland waters and to develop innovative products including primary production and partial pressure of CO2 for key applications such as aquaculture and air-sea CO2 fluxes. This project has now ended.
01/01/2002 to 31/12/2006

BELCOLOUR (BELSPO/STEREO, 2002-2006)

01/01/2005 to 31/12/2006

Bottom Reflectance and Adjacency Experiment (BRADEX) (BELSPO/STEREO SR/58/041, 2005-2006)

The BRADEX (Bottom Reflectance and Adjacency Experiment) project aims to improve the scientific basis for processing of optical remote sensing imagery in shallow coastal and inland waters, where bottom reflectance and/or adjacency effects (“environmental straylight”) may be significant.
01/01/1999 to 31/12/2000

Télédétection optique régionale et applications à la zone côtière (SSTC T4/36/34, 1999-2000)

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