Interfaces and Troposphere

Members of the InTro group study the physical and chemical properties of the troposphere and its interfaces. Our scientific interests include :

  • Fluid dynamics and turbulence
  • Boundary layer dynamics
  • Physical and chemical modeling of the troposphere
  • Observing the radiative and dynamic properties of the troposphere
  • Surface/atmosphere interactions
  • Water cycle
Team coordinator: Sylvain Mailler


Members of the InTro group work closely with :

  • The SIRTA which hosts several active and passive remote sensing instruments as well as in-situ observations.
  • The ClimServ data center, which provides access to several large public datasets and important computing resources.

Development of geophysical models
CHIMERE, a chemistry-transport model
The CHIMERE model
OPTSIM, a model to observations tool for aerosol
The OPTSIM model
NEMO-Med, an ocean model
The NEMO-Med model

  • Most Intro people work at the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique, located on the Ecole Polytechnique campus in Palaiseau. [Site map]
  • Contact by email:
  • Contact by phone: add prefix:
    • Palaiseau X=+33 1 69 33
    • Jussieu J=+33 1 44 27
  • Fax : +(33) 1 69 33 51 08.
  • Previously with INTRO
Name Status Phone number
ALONZO Bastien PhD student, Polytechnique X 51 70
ARSOUZE ThomasResearch scientist ENSTA-ParisTechX 51 71
BADOSA Jordi IR Polytechnique X 51 26
DA SILVA Nicolas PhD student, Polytechnique X 51 65
DEROUBAIX Adrien Post-doc DACCIWA X 51 13
DROBINSKI PhilippeResearch scientist, DR CNRSX 51 42
DUBOS ThomasAssistant Prof. PolytechniqueX 51 43
DUPRÉ Aurore PhD Student, Polytechnique X 51 93
FITA Lluis Post-doc ANR REMEMBER X 51 65
KHVOROSTYANOV DmitryResearch Engineer, CNRSX 51 73
LEMAIRE Vincent PhD Student, INERIS X 51 75
MAILLER SylvainResearch Scientist, ENPCX 51 91
MARKAKIS KostandinosPost-docX 52 04
MENUT LaurentResearch scientist, DR CNRSX 51 75
NGUYEN QUANG Trung PhD Student, Polytechnique X 51 06
PENNEL Romain Post-doc X 52 33
POLCHER JanResearch scientist, DR CNRSX 51 46
REA GeraldinePHD Student, Univ.P.M.CurieX 51 99
STEFANON Marc Post-doc X 52 33
TUCCELLA Paolo Post-doc ANR DRUMS X 51 02
TURQUETY SolèneAssistant Prof., Univ.P.M.CurieX 51 33 / J 52 78
VALARI MyrtoAssistant Physicist, Univ.P.M.CurieX 51 39 / J 52 85
WANG Fuxing Post-doc X 51 80
MAJDI Marwa PhD Student, Polytechnique

Examples of recent results
  • Scaling of Precipitation Extreme
  • Scaling of Precipitation Extreme with Temperature in the French Mediterranean Region Authors: Drobinski, P., B. Alonzo, S. Bastin, N. Da Silva, and C. Muller (2016), Scaling of precipitation extremes with temperature in the French Mediterranean region: What explains the hook shape?, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. , 121, 3100-3119, doi:10.1002/2015JD023497
  • Scaling of Precipitation Extreme with Temperature in the Mediterranean: past climate and projection in anthropogenic scenarios Authors: Philippe Drobinski, Nicolas Da Silva, Gérémy Panthou, Sophie Bastin, Caroline Muller, Bodo Ahrens, Marco Borga, Dario Conte, Giorgia Fosser, Filippo Giorgi, Ivan Guttler, Vassiliki Kotroni, Laurent Li, Efrat Morin, Baris Onol, Pere Quintana Segui, Raquel Romera, Csaba Zsolt Torma (2016), Scaling of Precipitation Extreme with Temperature in the Mediterranean: past climate and projection in anthropogenic scenarios, Climate Dynamics, 46, doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3083-x

    Recent result
  • Impact of pollution on health
    Markakis, K., Valari, M., Engardt, M., Lacressonniere, G., Vautard, R., Andersson, C.: Mid-21st century air quality at the urban scale under the influence of changed climate and emissions - case studies for Paris and Stockholm, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 15, 1877-1894, 2016.
    Recent result
  • Mediterranean Sea circulation
  • Hiba Omrani, Thomas Arsouze, Karine Béranger, Moncef Boukthir, Philippe Drobinski, Cindy Lebeaupin-Brossier, Hanen Mairech, "Sensitivity of the sea circulation to the atmospheric forcing in the Sicily Channel", Progress in Oceanography, Volume 140, January 2016, Pages 54-68, ISSN 0079-6611,
    Recent result
    Main wind regimes in the Sicily Channel region are determined using a clustering method. Averaged oceanic current velocity (shaded color) and direction (arrows) at 30 m depth (shown for the first wind cluster (cm s1)).
  • Sensitivity of rain to ocean/atmosphere model coupling
    Berthou, S., Mailler, S., Drobinski, P., Arsouze, T., Bastin, S., Béranger, K., and Lebeaupin-Brossier, C. (2014). Sensitivity of an intense rain event between an atmosphere-only and an atmosphere-ocean regional coupled model: 19 september 1996. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2014, DOI:10.1002/qj.2355, PDF.
    Recent result
    Precipitations differences between a coupled ocean-atmosphere model and an atmospheric model forced by low resolution SST model data only.

  • Projects
    International projects
    • HyMeX (HYdrological cycle in Mediterranean EXperiment)
    • GHP GEWEX Hydrometeorological Panel
    European projects
    • ACCEPTED (FP7) Assessment of Changing Conditions, Environmental Policies, Time-activities, Exposure and Disease
    • ATOPICA (FP7) Atopic diseases in changing climate, land use and air quality
    • DACCIWA (FP7) Dynamics-aerosol-chemistry-cloud interactions in West Africa
    • Earth2Observe (FP7), Global Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Assessment
    French projects
    • REMEMBER (ANR) Understanding and modelling the REgional climate system ModEls in the Mediterranean for BEtter water-related Risk prevention in the context of global change
    • Project X-DGA: High resolution modelling of the Med Sea oceanic circulation to study the impact of (sub) meso scale structures on the cross shelf exchange, convection and thermohaline circulation.
      Recent result