Malik Chami
Professor (2002 - 2014) New web page
Contact information:
Phone: +33 04 93 76 37 26
Fax: +33 04 93 76 37 39
Membre de l'Institut Universitaire de France (2010)

Habilitation à diriger des recherches (2007)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France)
Dissertation topic: Radiative transfer modeling  for the characterization of optical, directional and polarization properties of marine particles in coastal waters : theoretical and experimental approach.

Ph.D. (1994-1997)
Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, Wimereux, France
Dissertation topic: Development of a radiative transfer model for the ocean-atmosphere system - Polarisation properties of suspended matter in coastal waters
M.Sc. (1993 - 1994)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Dissertation topic: Vicarious calibration of the SPOT satellite above bright targets
B.Sc. Mathematics and Physics (1989 - 1991)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France
Research interests:
Radiative transfer models, optical oceanography, ocean color remote sensing, polarisation, scattering properties of particulates in coastal waters


  • Harmel, T., and M. Chami (2013), Estimation of the sun glint radiance field from optical satellite imagery over open ocean: multidirectional approach and polarization aspects, Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 1-15, doi:10.1029/2012JC008221. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Chami, M., M. Mallet, and B. Gentili, (2012). Quantitative analysis of the influence of dust sea surface forcing on the primary production of the subtropical Atlantic Ocean using a ten-year time series of satellite observations. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 117, No. C7, C07008,doi:10.029/2012JC008112 (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Harmel T. and M. Chami (2012). Determination of sea surface wind speed using the polarimetric and multidirectional properties of satellite measurements in visible bands. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 39, L19611, doi:10.1029/2012GL053508 (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Lorthiois T., D. Doxaran and M. Chami (2012), Daily and seasonal dynamics of suspended particles in the Rhône River plume based on remote sensing and field optical measurements. Geo-Marine Letters, DOI: 10.1007/s00367-012-0274-2 (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Mikkelsen O.A., M. Chami, and D. Doxaran (2012). Contributions from Particles in Europe (PiE) 2010,Villefranche-sur-Mer, France: an introduction, Geo-Mar. Letters, 32, 85-87, DOI 10.1007/s00367-012-0279-x. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2011

  • Harmel T., and M. Chami (2011). Influence of polarimetric satellite data measured in the visible region on aerosol detection and on the performance of atmospheric correction procedure over open ocean waters. Optics Express, 19 (21), 20960-20983 (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Mermex group including D'Ortenzio, M. Babin, M. Chami, D. Doxaran and V. Taillandier (2011). Marine ecosystems' responses to climatic and anthropogenic forcing in the Mediterranean. Progress in Oceanography, 91, 97-166. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2010

  • Sokolov A., Chami M., Dmitriev E., Khomenko G. (2010). Parameterization of volume scattering function of coastal waters based on the statistical approach, Optics Express, 18, 4615-4636.(Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2009

  • Dmitriev E., Khomenko G., Chami M., Sokolov A., Churilova T., and G. Korotaev (2009). Parameterization of light absorption by components of sea water in optically complex coastal waters of the Crimea Peninsula (Black Sea), Applied Optics, 48(7), 1249-1261. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Doxaran D., Ruddick K. McKee D., Gentili B., Tailliez D., Chami M., and M. Babin (2009), Spectral variations of light scattering by marine particles in coastal waters, from the visible to the near infrared. Limnology and Oceanography, 54, 1257-1271. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Mallet M., Chami M., Gentili B., Sempere R., Dubuisson P.(2009), "Impact of sea-surface dust radiative forcing on the oceanic Primary Production. A 1D modeling approach to the West African coastal waters. Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L15828, doi:10.1029/2009GL039053. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • McKee, D.,Chami, M., Brown, I., Calzado, V. S., Doxaran, D., and A. Cunningham, A. (2009). Role of measurement uncertainties in observed variability in the spectral backscattering ratio: a case study in mineral-rich coastal waters, Applied Optics, 48 (24), 4663-4675. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2008

  • Harmel, T., and M. Chami (2008). Invariance of polarized reflectance measured at the top of atmosphere by PARASOL satellite instrument in the visible range with marine constituents in open ocean waters. Optics Express, 16, 6064-6080. (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Loisel, H., Duforet, L., Dessailly, D., Chami, M. and P. Dubuisson (2008). Investigation of the variations in the water leaving polarized reflectance from the POLDER satellite data over two biogeochemical contrasted oceanic areas. Optics Express, 16(17), 12905-12918. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2007

  • Chami M. (2007). Importance of the polarization in the retrieval of oceanic constituents from the remote sensing reflectance, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C05026, doi:10.1029/2006JC003843. (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Chami M. and M. Defoin Platel (2007). Sensitivity of the retrieval of the inherent optical properties of marine particles in coastal waters to the directional variations and the polarization of the reflectance", in press, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, C05037, doi:10.1029/2006JC003758. (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Chami M., McKee D. (2007) Determination of biogeochemical properties of marine particles using above water measurements of the degree of polarization at the Brewster angle, Optics Express, Vol. 15, No. 15, 9494-9509, (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Defoin Platel M. and M. Chami (2007) How ambiguous is the inverse problem of ocean color in coastal waters, Journal of Geophysical Research,112, C03004, doi10.1029/2006JC003847 (Get PDF Reprint).
  • 2006

  • Antoine, D. M. Chami, H. Claustre, F. D'Ortenzio, A. Morel, G. Bécu, B. Gentili, F. Louis, J. Ras, E. Roussier, A.J. Scott, D. Tailliez, S. B. Hooker, P. Guevel, J.-F. Desté, C. Dempsey and D. Adams. 2006, BOUSSOLE : a joint CNRS-INSU, ESA, CNES and NASA Ocean Color Calibration And Validation Activity. NASA Technical memorandum N° 2006 - 214147, 61 pp. (Get PDF Reprint).
  • Chami M., Shybanov E.B., Khomenko G., Lee M., Martynov O.V., and G. Korotaev (2006). Spectral variation of the volume scattering function measured over the full range of scattering angles in a coastal environment, Applied Optics, 45, 3605-3619.(Get PDF Reprint)
  • Chami M., McKee D., Leymarie E and G. Khomenko (2006). Influence of the angular shape of the volume scattering function and multiple scattering on remote sensing reflectance, Applied Optics, 45, 9210-9220. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Chami M., Marken E., Stamnes J.J., Khomenko G. and G. Korotaev (2006). Variability of the relationship between the particulate backscattering coefficient and the volume scattering function measured at fixed angles, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, C05013, doi:10.1029/2005JC003230. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Morel, A., Gentili, B., Chami, M., and J. Ras (2006) Bio-optical properties of high chlorophyll Case 1 waters, and of yellow-substance- dominated Case 2 waters. Deep-Sea Research I, 53, 1439-1559 (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2005

  • Chami, M., E. B. Shybanov, T. Y. Churilova, G. A. Khomenko, M. E.-G. Lee, O. V. Martynov, G. A. Berseneva, and G. K. Korotaev (2005), Optical properties of the particles in the Crimea coastal waters (Black Sea), Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, C11020, doi:10.1029/2005JC003008. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • Defoin Platel, M., Chami, M, Clergue M., and P. Collard (2005). Teams of Genetic Predictors for Inverse Problem Solving",Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Springer Verlag, M.Keijzer (Eds), vol. 3447, 341-350 (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2004

  • Korotaev G.K., Khomenko G.A., Chami M., Bersevena G.A., Martynov O.V., Lee M.E-B., Shybanov E.B., Churilova T.V., Kuznetsov A.S., Kuklin A.K. (2004). International subsatellite experiment on the oceanographic platform. Physical Oceanography, 14(3), 150-160.
  • 2002

  • Chami M., Robilliard D. (2002). inversion of oceanic constituents in case I and case II waters with genetic programming algorithms", Applied Optics, 40(30), 6260-627. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 2001

  • Chami, M., Santer, R., Dilligeard, E. (2001). Radiative transfer model for the computation of radiance and polarization in an ocean-atmosphere system: polarization properties of suspended matter for remote sensing, Applied Optics, 40(15), 2398-2416. (Get PDF Reprint)
  • 1998

  • Chami, M., Santer, R. (1998). Aerosol remote sensing using ground-based measurements and POLDER airborne sensor above coastal waters. Remote sensing of environment, 66, 203-221.(Get PDF Reprint)