Andry William Ratsimandresy
Last change: Jan. 19th, 2005
About my name.
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About my name
As you see, my name is quite long, some letters are pronounced differently in
french as in english:
If you want to learn about the Malagasy language, you can choose references from
this list or check this
reference made by Per Johansson.
- _ For those who speak french, the E is read like AI
in french languange and the S like a normal SS in
the middle of a word.
_ For english speaking person, you would read all A as the A
in "at", and the E as the A in english language.
- Andry, It is pronounced An-dry with the stress on "A",
it is a malagasy word which means Pilor, or the support for anything.
My Occupations (in a reverse chrnological order) (Resume available upon request)
I keep working on the development of the operational oceanography system, but
starting on Oct. 2007, I am doing the study as Ocean Modeller.
The system is presently on a pre-operational phase and result can be seen at
C-NOOFS (Canada Newfoundland Operarional
Oceanography Forecast System).
On Sept. 2007, I moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
Between September 2004 and September 2007, I held a NSERC Visiting Scientist
fellowship at the Biological and Physical Oceangraphy Section of the
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Center,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
For this position, I was responsible for setting up the numerical model NEMO
(Nucleus for European Modelling of the Ocean)
, formerly known as OPA (Océan PArallélisé),
for an operational oceanography system in the Newfoundland and Labrador waters.
On January 2004, I started a 5-month post-doctoral fellowship with the Universidad de
Cantabria, Santander, SPAIN, in collaboration with the
Ente Publico Puertos del Estado (EPPE), Madrid, SPAIN.
The post-doctoral position consists in compiling all available oceanographic and
meteorologic data at EPPE in order to use them for long-term variability in the ocean
state and in meteorological conditions along the Spanish Atlantic coast. The knowledge of
such variability will help in assessing the beach erosion which may have happened along
that part of the Spanish coast.
Until October 2003, I worked as a research scientist with EPPE
and Sociedad de Investigacion Marina (SIDMAR Bernhard Pack,
S.L.), Benissa (Alicante), SPAIN, under the European Union funded research project
HIPOCAS (Hindcast of Dynamic Processes of the Ocean
and Coastal Areas of Europe).
In this project I am responsible for carrying out hindcast of oceanographic parameters
such as wave conditions and sea surface elevations in the Mediterranean Sea. This hindcast
is performed for the whole 44 years starting from 1958 up to 2001. The Mediterranean wave
conditions are computed using the state-of-the-art wave model WAM (The WAMDI
Group et al., 1988: The WAM Model - A third generation ocean wave prediction mode,
J. Phys. Oceanogr., 18, 17775-1810) and the sea surface elevation the Hamburg
Shelf Model, HAMSOM (Alvarez Fanjul et al., 1997: A description of the
tides in the Eastern North Atlantic. Prog. Oceanog., 40, 217-244). Both
numerica models are forced with atmospheric conditions computed by the atmospheric
regional model, REMO (Jacob, D. and R. Podzum, 1997: Sensitivity studies with
regional climate model REMO, Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 63, 119-129).
In parallel to the above research position, I had prepared my Doctorate
degree in Physical Oceanography within the
Physics Department, of the University of Las Palmas de
My thesis was on the Transfer of water from the Subtropical Gyre into the Subpolar
Gyre of the North Altanic: The Gulf Stream and its extension where I studied the
vertical alignment of the Gulf Stream and the possible method by which the Gulf Stream
gets extended into the Subpolar area.
Until May 1994, I studied at the
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography,
Old Dominion University, U.S.A.
On the other side, I was also responsible for the collection and maintenance of the
Oceanographic database at our group of study.
At the same time, I was also interested in numerical models. I then started to study
the effect of the Upwelling and the wind forcing on the Eastern boundary current of the
North Atlantic gyre using a 3 layer mathematical model focusing mainly on the Eastern
boundary. For those who are interested in
Ocean Circulation Models,
try this site from the Texas A&M University (U.S.A).
My main interest at O.D.U. was the study of the transport of larvae in estuaries.
I used a mathematical model, FUNDY, to study the effect of the wind and the tides.
The model, described in Lynch et al., 1982: , uses a finite element method.
In this model, one can specify barotropic and baroclinic forcing to produce the
circulation in the basin. Once the circulation computed, I introduce
tracers and follow their trajectory in order to see how a larvae (considered as
passive particle) is transported from the inlets to the estuary upstream.
Tutorial de IDL en castellano
Once I had to teach a basic IDL (Interactive Data
Language), for that I made a short and simple IDL tutorial
Any suggestion or feedback from you will be welcome, just drop it at
(Please remove "spam" and the blank-space from the address when sending message)
spam andry @ spam.ratsimandresy.org
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