This photo of Boris Dewitte was taken on Taquile Island in Lake Titicaca, Peru
Image Courtesy of Boris Dewitte
Dr. Boris Dewitte
I'm a physical oceanographer interested in climate variability and especially the El Niño phenomenon. Other than the annual cyle of the seasons, El Niño is the largest pulsation of the climate. I'm interested in El Niño because it impacts many regions, at many different levels, surrounding the Pacific Ocean. My research has led me to interact with scientists from various areas, from atmospheric scientists to biologists.
After receiving my PhD from University of Toulouse in 1998, I was hired by IRD, the Institute for Research and Development. IRD is a national institute that promotes scientific activities and research in collaboration with the countries from the Southern Hemisphere. In this context, I have been working in Chile and New Caledonia. Today I'm working in Lima (Peru), collaborating with scientists at both IMARPE (Instituto del Mar del Peru) and IGP (Instituto Geofisico del Peru) who are involved in the VOCALS project. Through this I'm also participating in the scientific efforts to understand how the equatorial variability, and especially the El Niño, connects to the Peru-Chile coastal environment.
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