Event Date and Time
Hartwick Conference Room, 4321 Hartwick Road, 4th Floor, College Park, MD

Dr. Jean-Martial Cohard, from the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France, will visit the Department December 2-4, 2015.  Dr. Cohard will offer a seminar entitled, "On the use of scintillometry to close water and energy budget at parcel and landscape scales." The seminar will start at 3:30 pm in the Hartwick Buidling conference room.  Please click here to download a flyer.


The interactions between climate and the biosphere are governed by a set of processes operating from the local to the global scale. The field scale and the 'landscape' scale, ranging from hm² to a few tens km², are suitable for hydrological as well as agricultural issues. This is confirmed by the production of satellite-derived AET products at the km scale (MODIS Global Evapo-transpiration), by the development  of disaggregation methodologies from existing space data, and by attempts to develop high spatial resolution remote sensing systems in the thermal infrared (e.g. HyspIRI, MISTIGRI, THIRSTY). However, the validation of the energy water and energy exchanges remains difficult at these scales — only scintillometry has been recognized as a suitable technology (at least in the optical domain for sensible heat fluxes).  Indeed, scintillometry fills the gap between local station networks (demanding in terms of maintenance and monitoring) and airborne eddy covariance methods (difficult to implement, representative of larger scales and incompatible with continuous monitoring). The talk will show how scintillometer data have been used to understand hydrological behavior for specific case studies. One of them concerns West Africa: a region of the world most vulnerable to climate changes, especially for water resources, with the highest demographic rate in the world (3% per year) and still insufficient access to drinkable water. On the southern site of the critical zone AMMA-CATCH observatory, in Benin, scintillometry data have been combined with other hydrological data to close the water budget at catchment scale. Among others, this study aims to make IR scintillometry an operational method to document turbulent fluxes. On-going scintillometry development will also be presented.


Jean-Martial Cohard is an atmospheric physicist and hydrologist, teaching at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France. After completing his Ph.D. on cloud processes, he turned to surface boundary layer processes studies which confer an expertise on vertical water transfers between atmosphere and surface.  He has animated several experiments to document water and energy exchange from parcel to catchment scales, specifically in West Africa.  He is responsible for the new PHyREV team at Laboratory for Transfer studies in Hydrology and Environment (LTHE), a team which aims to understand and document the coupling of hydrological processes and scale transfer laws in critical zones.