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Fabien Roquet

Fabien Roquet


Works at Meteorologiska institutionen (MISU)
Telephone +468164338
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 16 C
Room C 670
Postal address Stockholm university Meteorologiska institutionen (MISU) 106 91 Stockholm
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About me


I have been involved in research activities since 2004, first focusing on the observation and study of the Southern Ocean, and then increasingly shifting toward the study of the large-scale circulation of the global ocean.

Main Research interests

  • Southern Ocean circulation
  • Instrumented Elephant Seals gathering hydrographic data (MEOP)
  • Ocean modelling (NEMO, MITgcm)
  • Ocean energetics and thermodynamics (TEOS-10)
  • Structure and dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current





  • Ballarotta M., Roquet F., Falahat S., Zhang Q., and Madec G., 2015. Clim. Past Discuss., 11, 3597-3624.
  • Chambault P., de Thoisy B., Heerah K., Conchon A., Barrioz S., Dos Reis V., Kelle L., Picard B., Roquet F., Le Maho Y., Chevallier D., 2015. The influence of oceanographic and biological features on sea turtles' foraging behavior in the horizontal and vertical dimensions: the case of olive ridley migrating from French Guiana. Progress in Oceanography. Under review.
  • Zhang X., Thompson A., Mar Flexas M., Roquet F., Bornemann H., 2015. Evidence of ice shelf melt in the Bellingshausen Sea from seal-borne observations. Geophysical Research Letters. Under Review.


  • Nycander J., Hieronymus M., Roquet F., 2015. The nonlinear equation of state of sea water and the global water mass distribution. Geophysical Research Letters. Accepted.
  • Roquet F., Madec G., Brodeau L., Nycander J., 2015. Defining a simplified yet “realistic” equation of state for seawater. Journal of Physical Oceanography. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0080.1.
  • Pollmann F., Roquet F. and Madec G., 2015. Effects of the asymmetry between surface and interior flow on the dynamics of a thermohaline loop. Journal of Physical Oceanography. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-15-0022.1.
  • Hindell M. A., McMahon C. R., Bester M. N., Boehme L., Costa D., Fedak M. A., Guinet C., Herraiz-Borreguero L., Harcourt R. G., Huckstadt L., Kovacs K. M., Lydersen C., McIntyre T., Muelbert M., Patterson T., Roquet F., Williams G. and Charrassin J.-B, 2015. Circumpolar habitat use in the southern elephant seal: implications for foraging success and population trajectories. Ecosphere. Accepted.
  • Labrousse S., Vacquié-Garcia J.,  Heerah K., Guinet C., Sallee J.-B., Authier M., Picard B., Roquet F., Bailleul F., Hindell M., Charrassin J.-B., 2015. Winter habitat use of southern elephant seals in the sea ice. Progress in Oceanography. Accepted.
  • Roquet F., Madec G., McDougall T. J. and Baker P., 2015. Accurate polynomial expressions for the density and specific volume of seawater using the TEOS-10 standard. Ocean modelling. doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2015.04.002


  • Falahat S., Nycander J., Roquet F. and Zarroug M., 2014. Global calculation of tidal energy conversion into vertical normal modes. J. Phys. Oceano., doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-14-0002.1
  • Falahat S., Nycander J., Roquet F., Thurnherr A. M. and Hibiya T., 2014. Comparison of calculated energy flux of internal tides with microstructure measurements. Tellus A, 66, doi: 10.3402/tellusa.v66.23240
  • Roquet F., Williams G., Hindell M. A., Harcourt R., McMahon C. R., Guinet C., Charrassin J.-B., Reverdin G., Boehme L., Lovell P. and Fedak M. A., 2014. A Southern Indian Ocean database of hydrographic profiles obtained with instrumented elephant seals. Nature Scientific Data, 1:140028, doi: 10.1038/sdata.2014.28
  • Kitade, Y., Shimada, K., Tamura, T., Williams, G. D., Aoki, S., Fukamachi, Y., Roquet F., Hindell, M., Ushio, S., and Ohshima, K. I., 2014. Antarctic Bottom Water production from the Vincennes Bay Polynya, East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters. 41, 2014GL059971. doi: 10.1002/2014GL059971


  • Roquet F., Wunsch C., Forget G., Heimbach P., Guinet C., Reverdin G., Charrassin J.-B., Bailleul F., Costa D. P., Huckstadt L. A., Goetz K. T., Kovacs K. M., Lydersen C., Biuw M., Nøst O. A., Bornemann H., Ploetz, J., Bester M. N., Mcintyre T., Muelbert M. C., Hindell M. A., McMahon C. R., Williams G., Harcourt R., Field I. C., Chafik L., Nicholls K. W., Boehme L., and Fedak M. A., 2013. Estimates of the Southern Ocean General Circulation Improved by Animal-Borne Instruments. Geoph. Res. Letts., 40:1-5. doi: 10.1002/2013GL058304
  • Roquet F., 2013. Dynamical Potential Energy: a new approach to Ocean Energetics. J. Phys. Oc., 43:457-476. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-12-098.1
  • Ohshima K. I., Fukamachi Y., Williams G. D., Nihashi S., Roquet F., Kitade Y., Tamura T., Hirano D., Herraiz-Borreguero L., Field I., Hindell M., Aoki S., and Wakatsuchi M., 2013. Antarctic Bottom Water production by intense sea-ice formation in the Cape Darnley Polynia. Nature Geoscience. 6:235-240. doi: 10.1038/ngeo1738


  • Roquet F., Wunsch C., and G. Madec, 2011. On the Patterns of Wind-Power Input to the Ocean Circulation. J. Phys. Oc., 41:2328-2342. doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-11-024.1
  • Roquet F., Charrassin J.-B., Marchand S., Boehme L., Fedak M., Reverdin G., and Guinet C., 2011. Validating hydrographic data obtained from seal-borne satellite-relayed data loggers. J. Atmosph. And Ocean. Tech., 28:787-801. doi: 10.1175/2010JTECHO801.1


  • Bailleul F., Authier M., Ducatez S., Roquet F., Charrassin J.-B., Cherel Y., and Guinet, C., 2010. Looking at the unseen: combining animal bio-logging and stable isotopes to reveal a shift in the ecological niche of a deep diving predator. Ecography, 33(4):709-719. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2009.06034.x


  • Roquet F., Park Y.-H., Guinet C., Bailleul F., and Charrassin J.-B., 2009. Observations of the Fawn Trough Current over the Kerguelen Plateau from instrumented elephant seals. Journal of Marine Systems, 78:377-393. doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.11.017
  • Park Y.-H., Vivier F., Roquet F., and Kestenare E., 2009. Direct observations of the ACC transport across the Kerguelen Plateau. Geoph. Res. Letts., 36, L18603. doi: 10.1029/2009GL039617
  • Boehme L., Lovell P., Biuw M., Roquet F., Nicholson J., Thorpe S. E., Meredith M. P., and Fedak M., 2009. Technical Note: Animal-borne CTD-Satellite Relay Data Loggers for real-time oceanographic data collection. Ocean Sci., 5:685-695. doi: 10.5194/os-5-685-2009


  • Charrassin J.-B., Hindell M., Rintoul S. R., Roquet F.,  Sokolov S., Biuw M., Costa D., Boehme L., Lovell P., Coleman R., Timmermann R., Meijers A., Meredith M., Park Y.-H., Bailleul F., Goebel M., Tremblay Y., Bost C.-A., McMahon C. R., Field I. C., Fedak M. A., and Guinet C., 2008. Southern Ocean frontal structure and sea-ice formation rates revealed by elephant seals. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sc., 105:11634-11639. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0800790105
  • Park Y.-H., Roquet F., Durand I., and Fuda J.-L., 2008. Large scale circulation over and around the northern Kerguelen Plateau. Deep-Sea Res. II, 55:566-581. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2007.12.030


  • Bailleul F., Charrassin J.-B., Monestiez P., Roquet F., Biuw M., and Guinet C., 2007. Successful foraging zones of southern elephant seals from Kerguelen Islands in relation to oceanographic conditions. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B: Biological Sciences, 362:2169-2181. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2007.2109
  • Biuw M., Boehme L., Guinet C., Hindell M., Costa D., Charrassin J.-B., Roquet F.,  Bailleul F., Meredith M., Thorpe S., Tremblay Y., McDonald B., Park Y.-H., Rintoul S. R., Bindoff N., Goebel M., Crocker D., Lovell P., Nicholson J., Monks F., and Fedak M. A., 2007. Variations in behaviour and condition of a Southern Ocean top predator in relation to in situ oceanographic conditions. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., 104:13705-13710. doi: 10.1073/pnas.0701121104


  • Park Y.-H, Roquet F., and Vivier F., 2004. Quasi-stationary ENSO wave signals versus the Antarctic Circumpolar Wave scenario. Geophys. Res. Letts., 31, L09315. doi: 10.1029/2004GL019806





  • 2012-present: Dynamic Meteorology, Master 1, Department of Meteorology of the Stockholm University
  • 2014-present: Global Climate Systems, Master 2, Department of Meteorology of the Stockholm University


  • 2015: Master thesis of Rickard Lindqvist
  • 2014-present: supervision of PhD Etienne Pauthenet
  • 2014: Master thesis of Friederike Pollmann
  • 2014: 1-month internship of Nora Leps
  • 2013: 1-month internship of Friederike Pollmann
  • 2012-2014: co-supervision of PhD Saeed Falahat