Jean-Pierre Blanchet is a professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences of the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). He is a member of the Institute for Environmental Sciences (UQAM) and director of the Centre for study and climate simulations at the regional scale (ESCER). From 1974 to 1990, he worked at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as a research meteorologist and as a scientist. For 12 years, he was responsible for developing cloud and radiation schemes for the first two generations of the Canadian GCM. He has been responsible for the development of the NLTE infrared radiation and solar radiation schemes in the Canadian Middle Atmospheric Model (CMAM). He has led, as principal co-investigators, the Northern Aerosols Regional Climate Model (NARCM) Network to simulate the first explicit aerosol scheme (12 size bins and 5 species) in a regional climate model. Expert in arctic aerosols and clouds processes in climate models, his research focuses on the intricate feedback processes involving aerosols, clouds, radiation, and precipitation in the Arctic climate system. He was a member of the European Space Agency (ESA) joint mission advisory comity (JMAG) on Earth Cloud-Aerosol-Radiation Experiment (EarthCARE) and is a member of the science team on the NASA-CSA CloudSat mission. He has developed an early passive/active satellite instruments simulator to analyze Earth Radiation Mission (ERM) for ESA and CloudSat-Picasso data in CRCM for CSA, and of cloud-resolving models (CRM) embedded into CRCM as part of the MOC2 (CFCAS) initiative, and for development of a physically based Instrument Simulator for EarthCARE. He has collaborated with JPL on applications of MLS instruments into CRCM/NARCM. He was investigator in CSOLAS, responsible for coupling a prognostic bio-emission source of DMS from the ocean, called NODEM, to NARCM to improve the simulation of natural aerosols in the atmosphere.
He is a member of the advisory committee on the atmosphere (ASAC) at CSA. He is currently investigating the far IR radiometry for applications to microphysics measurements of thin ice cloud and the water cycle in the high latitudes. He is lead investigator of the Thin Ice Cloud in Far IR Experiment (TICFIRE) as part of the candidates for a future polar satellite.
Phone:514-987-3000 ext 3316
Département des sciences de la Terre et de l’atmosphère
Université du Québec a Montréal (UQÀM)