Laurent holds a PhD in sequential data assimilation methods. He has reformulated them based on the concepts of geostatistics and opened new theoretical developments. He has since then applied the Ensemble Kalman Filter to the primitive equations HYCOM model and has been responsible for the development and operations of the TOPAZ ice-ocean forecasting system since January 2003.
LB is leading the Arctic element of the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (budget 8.6 MEUR, 2015-2021), co-leading a Nordic Center of Excellence on ensemble-based methods for environmental monitoring and prediction, awarded by NordForsk (2 MEUR for the period 2014-2018). LB is managing the FP7 SWARP project (“Ships and waves reaching polar regions”, 2 MEUR).
He has also managed industry-driven modelling studies in the South China Sea, in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Barents and Kara Seas. He is also regularly invited at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Science, P.R. China.