Nicolas_Ferlay

Nicolas Ferlay

Enseignant-Chercheur
Bât. P5 - Bureau 323
03 20 33 62 30

Career

  • 2006-present: Associate Professor, Physics Department - Faculté des Sciences et Tecnhologies, Université de Lille, Laboratoire d'Optique Atmosphérique (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France).
  • 2004-2006: Postdoctoral position, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.
  • 1999-2003: Doctoral position, Research assistant and teacher in physics, Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont II), Laboratoire de Météorologie Physique, France.

Activities

My research interests are cloud processes and cloud radiation interaction, remote sensing of cloudy atmosphere. I work mainly on the characterization of 3D cloud structures from satellite,

using multi-angle passive measurements in the oxygen-A absorbing bands, in synergy with active measurements. I am also interested by the complex variability of surface solar irradiance due to clouds.

Methods

  • Exploitation of A train measurements
  • Retrieval algorithm of cloud parameters from satellite remote sensing
  • Radiative transfer: successive order of scattering approach, Monte-Carlo radiative transfer
  • Exploitation of pyranometer and pyrheliometer measurements
  • Davis, A., Merlin, G., C.-Labonnote, L., Riedi, J., Cornet, C., Dubuisson, P., Ferlay, N., Min, Q., Yang, Y. & Marshak, A. (2018). Cloud information content in EPIC/DSCOVR’s oxygen A- and B-band channels: An optimal estimation approach. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 216, 6-16. 10.1016/j.jqsrt.2018.05.007
  • Deaconu, L., Waquet, F., Josset, D., Ferlay, N., Peers, F., Thieuleux, F., Ducos, F., Pascal, N., Tanré, D., Pelon, J. & Goloub, P. (2017). Consistency of aerosols above clouds characterization from A-Train active and passive measurements. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 10(9), 3499-3523. 10.5194/amt-10-3499-2017
  • Desmons, M., Ferlay, N., Parol, F., Riedi, J. & Thieuleux, F. (2017). A Global Multilayer Cloud Identification with POLDER/PARASOL. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 56, 1121-1139. 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0159.1
  • Merlin, G., Riedi, J., C.-Labonnote, L., Cornet, C., Davis, A. B., Dubuisson, P., Desmons, M., Ferlay, N. & Parol, F. (2016). Cloud information content analysis of multi-angular measurements in the oxygen A-band: application to 3MI and MSPI. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9(10), 4977-4995. 10.5194/amt-9-4977-2016
  • Minvielle, F., Ferlay, N., Garrett, T. J. & Penide, G. (2015). Un mammatus à l'envers : par-delà le visible, des nuages inconnus !. La Météorologie, 90(8), 50-52. 10.4267/2042/56838
  • Ferlay, N., Garrett, T. J. & Minvielle, F. (2014). Satellite Observations of an Unusual Cloud Formation near the Tropopause. J. of Atm. Sci., 71, 3801-3815. 10.1175/JAS-D-13-0361.1
  • Desmons, M., Ferlay, N., Parol, F., Mcharek, L. & Vanbauce, C. (2013). Improved information about the vertical location and extent of monolayer clouds from POLDER3 measurements in the oxygen A-band. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 6(8), 2221-2238. 10.5194/amt-6-2221-2013
  • Ferlay, N., Thieuleux, F., Cornet, C., Davis, A. B., Dubuisson, P., Ducos, F., Parol, F., Riedi, J. & Vanbauce, C. (2010). Toward new inferences about cloud structures from multidirectional measurements in the oxygen A band: Middle-of-cloud pressure and cloud geometrical thickness from POLDER3/PARASOL. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., 49(12), 2492-2507. 10.1175/2010JAMC2550.1
  • Gabriel, P., Barker, H. W., O'Brien, D., Ferlay, N. & Stephens, G. L. (2009). Statistical approaches to error identification for plane-parallel retrievals of optical and microphysical properties of three-dimensional clouds: Bayesian inference. J. Geophys. Res., 114, D06207. 10.1029/2008JD011005
  • Ferlay, N., Isaka, H., Gabriel, P. & Benassi, A. (2006). Multiresolution analysis of radiative transfer through inhomogeneous media. Part II: Validation and new insights. J. Atmos. Sci., 63(4), 1213-1230. 10.1175/JAS3679.1
  • Ferlay, N. & Isaka, H. (2006). Multiresolution analysis of radiative transfer through inhomogeneous media. Part I: Theoretical development. J. Atmos. Sci., 63(4), 1200-1212. 10.1175/JAS3678.1
Observation satellitale d'une structure nuageuse inédite et spectaculaire

Nicolas Ferlay, maître de conférences du LOA, a observé une structure nuageuse inédite ...

J'innove en Nord-Pas-de-Calais - 01/03/2015

Un super-nuage nommé mammatocumulus

C’est un monstre gla­cé, invisible à l’œil nu, né dans la haute troposphère. Un nuage hors nor­me ...

Science & Vie - 01/12/2014

Observation satellitale d'une structure nuageuse inédite et spectaculaire

Des chercheurs du LOA ont décrit l’observation par des instruments satellitaux d’une structure ...

Université de Lille - 09/10/2014