Dr Laurence Crosnier has an educational background in science (physical oceanography, operational oceanography, ocean forecast, ocean reanalysis, model intercomparison and validation). She defended her PHD thesis in physical oceanography in 1998 in Brest, France and followed her research in several laboratories in Grenoble, France and Tallahassee, USA (Florida State University).
She then joined Mercator Ocean in 2003, which is a private, non-profit company owned by 9 major players in operational oceanography worldwide, that are privileged users and key scientific partners of the Copernicus Marine Service. Mercator Ocean designs, develops and runs forecasting systems based on ocean numerical modelling fed by ocean observations, to describe the physical and biogeochemical states of the ocean at any time, above and beneath the surface, at global and regional scales. The EU has delegated to Mercator Ocean the role and responsibility of implementing an EU programme that consists in delivering the Copernicus Marine Service on its current multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020.
Within Mercator Ocean, Dr Laurence was involved in the R&D EU-funded MERSEA project, building the bases of the future operational oceanography Marine Core Service of the European Copernicus Program (MyOcean projects). From 2009, she was the product manager for the MyOcean project and participated in the construction of the Myocean portfolio, now translated into the Copernicus Marine Service portfolio, gathering products from various sources (Satellite, in situ and models). She therefore has a strong knowledge of the Copernicus Marine offer in terms of products and their possible uses for various applications. In 2016, she took a step towards better promoting the various uses of the marine portfolio and became Market Development Manager. Her scientific background, along with her strong motivation to disseminate oceanic information, now helps her to better understand, promote, train, gather feedback from all the users (especially from the private sector) of the Copernicus Marine Service.