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  • Ph.D Thesis (Doctorat d’Etat) in Geophysics - University of Toulouse, 1975





  • Director for Earth Sciences at the International Space Science Institute (ISSI), Bern, Switzerland
  • Invited professor at the Collège de France, 2012-2013, annual chair ‘Developpement Durable- Environnement,Energie et Société’
  • Senior Scientist at the ‘Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiale’ (LEGOS), Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), Toulouse, France
  • Head of the group ‘Geophysique, Océanographie et Hydrologie Spatiale’ at LEGOS (until 2009).
  • Deputy Director of LEGOS between 1996 and 2007 




RESEARCH INTEREST :Application of space techniques to geosciences

  • Satellite geodesy and space research in Earth sciences : Gravity field and marine geoid
  • Earth rotation and polar motion
  • Tides
  • Precise positioning by space geodesy techniques and applications to tectonic motions, vertical crustal motions, geocenter motions
  • Temporal changes of the Earth gravity field and global mass redistributions among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth (oceans, atmosphere, land)
  • Sea level variations at regional and global scales (observation from satellite altimetry and tide gauges; study of climatic causes: ocean thermal expansion and salinity effects, mass balance of the ice sheets, land water storage change, etc.)
  • Water cycle and land hydrology from space
  • Climate research.




  • 190 + articles in international journals (listed in annex)
  • Several Monograph chapters
  • Editor of 5 books, among them :

- ‘Satellite Altimetry and Earth Sciences. A handbook of Techniques and Application, Lee-L. Fu & A. Cazenave Editors, Academic Press, International Geophysics Series, Vol. 69, San Diego, USA, 463 pages, 2001

  • Author/co-author of popular books: ‘Formes et Mouvements de la Terre’, Belin Editions, Paris, 1994 (with KurtFeigl); ‘La Terre vue de l’espace’, Belin Editions, Paris, 2004 (with D. Massonnet); ‘La Terre et l’environnement observés depuis l’espace’, Collège de France/Fayard, 2013.’







    Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of WCRP (World Climate Research Programme); Panel ‘Advanced Grant, Earth System Sciences’ of ERC (European Research Council); ‘C. Whitten Medal’ committee (American Geophysical Union) and ‘Nansen Medal’ committee (European Geosciences Union)


    Recent Past (last decade only)


    Member: IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group I and lead author of the 5th Assessment Report (Sea Level chapter); Scientific Advisory Committee’ of the ‘Centre for Climate Dynamics’,
    Bergen University, Norway; Steering committee of GCOS (Global Climate Observing System) (2008-2012); Panel ‘Advanced Grant, Earth System Sciences’ of ERC (European Research Council) (2008-2012); Panel ‘NASA Earth Sciences Program’ (National Research Council, The National Academies, USA (2010-2012); ‘Revelle Medal’ committee (American Geophysical Union) (2010-2012); Editor of EOS (Journal of the American Geophysical Union) (2008-2011); Member of the assessment panel of the Hadley Center/MetOffice (UK) (2007-2010); Member of the panel ‘National Geodetic Infrastructures’, NRC (National Research Council, The National Academies, USA); Member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group I (2004 -2007) and Lead Author of the IPCC AR4 for ‘Ocean climate and sea level’; Chair of the committee on ‘International Award’ (American Geophysical Union) (2006-2010); International Secretary of the AGU (American Geophysical Union) (2002-2006); Member of the scientific committee of GGOS (Global Geodetic Observing System) (2004-2010); Member of the panel ‘Water Resources and the Global Hydrological Cycle of Earth Science and Applications from Space; Decadal Survey’, NRC (National Research Council, The National Academies, USA) (2005-2006); President of the Geodesy Section of the EGU (European Geosciences Union) (1999-2004); Member of the panel ‘Climate Change’ of the AGU (American Geophysical Union) (2003); Member of the ‘Solid Earth’ committee for NASA program evaluation, NRC (National Research Council, The National Academies, USA) (2004-2005).




    • Chair: Scientific Council of MeteoFrance
    • Vice Chair : ‘Conseil Supérieur des Programmes’, French Ministry of Education.
    • Member :Scientific Council of the Ecole Polytechnique; ‘Conseil d’Administration’ of CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique); Scientific Council of the ‘Ecole d’Agriculture de Purpan’.


    Recent Past (last decade only)

    • Chair : Scientific Council of the ‘Agence de l’Eau du bassin Adour-Garonne’ (2010-2013).
    • Member: Scientific Council of the Institut Oceanographique de Monaco (2009-2012) ;Committee of the ‘Chaires Blaise Pascal’ (Region Ile de France) (2004-2011); ‘Comite Strategique et Technique de la Flotte francaise’ (Ministry of Research and High Level Education) (2009-2010); Scientific Council of the ‘Office Parlementaire d’Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Techniques de l’Assemblee Nationale et du Senat ‘ (2002-2010); ‘Haut Conseil’ of the ‘Observatoire de Paris’ (2006-2010), Scientific Council of the City of Paris (2003-2008); Scientific Council of the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (2002-2009); Evaluation Committee of the IUF ‘Senior’ (Institut Universitaire de France) (2005-2006); CNER (Comite National d’Evaluation de la Recherche) (1999-2005); CNS (Conseil National de la Science, Ministry of Research) (1997-2002); Coordinating Committee for Earth sciences and Environment (Ministry of Research) (1997-2003); Evaluation Committee for space research (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) (1993-2003).







        • Space geodesy lessons at the University of Toulouse (1981-2000), University of Paris 6 (1983-1988), Ecole Nationale des Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) (1975-1983).
        • Teaching ‘Observing the Earth and environment from space’, annual chair 2012-2013 ‘Developpement Durable-Environnement, Energie et Société’, Collège de France (2012-2013).




        Current and recent past only

        • Scientific coordinator of the ‘sea level’ project of ESA (European Space Agency) ‘Climate Change Initiative’ (9 partner teams)
        • Scientific coordinator of the ANR  (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) project ‘CECILE’ on ‘Coastal impacts of sea level rise’ (7 partner teams)
        • Coordinator of the project ‘Teledection et resources en eau’ RTRA-STAE (Reseau Thematique de Recherche Avancee ‘Sciences et Techniques de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace’)
        • Partner for ‘Sea level change of the Arctic Ocean’ of the European project (FP7) ‘MONARCH’ on Arctic climate change
        • Coordinator of the French project ‘CYMENT’ (Water cycle and hydrology from space) of the RTRA-STAE (Reseau Thematique de Recherche Avancee ‘Sciences et Techniques de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace’) (8 partners) (2008-2011)
        • Partner of theEuropean project TOPOEUROPE-Eurocores of ESF (European Science Foundation) on the ‘Mediterranean sea level’ (2008-2010).
        • Principal Investigator of several satellite altimetry missions (Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1, Jason-2, Envisat) for sealevel studies.





        • Invited editor of PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA); member of the editorial
          board of Surveys in Geophysics.



        • Editor of EOS (journal of the Americal Geophysical Union) (2008-2011)
        • Associate Editor of ‘Comptes Rendus Geosciences’ (French Academy of sciences) (2008-2010)
        • Section Editor of the Encyclopedia of Solid Earth Geophysics (2010)
        • Editor-in-chief of the journal ‘Earth and Planetary Science Letters’, EPSL, (1997-2002)
        • Member of the editorial board of Survey in Geophysics (2003-2009)
        • Co-editor of PAGEOPH (1989-1994) and of the Journal of Geodynamics (1994-1997).



        INTERNATIONAL INVITED LECTURES (last decade only):

        Sea level change’ or ‘Water cycle and land hydrology’


        2014 : Institut Français (Tunis) ; Royal Swedish Academy of sciences (Stockholm), ETH (Zurich)

        2013: Institut Français (Madrid), Ecole Polytechnique (France), ETH (Zurich), COSPAR symposium (Bangkok)


        2012: ERCA (European Research Courses on Atmospheres), Grenoble; IODP-France, Paris; Center for Ice and Climate (Copenhaguen), Summer school on ‘Space Geodesy’, Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (Shanghai, China); Department of Geosciences at Princeton University (USA)

        2011: Union Lecturer UGGI (Melbourne, Australia); Biomarine Business Convention (Nantes, France); International workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change (Tahiti, Polynesia)


        2010: 3rd bi-annual symposium on ‘Future Ocean’ of the Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences (Kiel, Germany); ISSI workshop on ‘the Earth’s cryosphere and sea level change’ (Bern, CH); IPCC workshop on ‘Sea level rise and ice sheet instabilities’ (Kuala Lumpur, Malaisia); ERCA (European Research Courses on Atmospheres), Grenoble.


        2009: Side event ‘Impact of ice sheet melting to sea level rise : Past, present and future’, COP15 (U.N. world climate summit; Copenhagen, DK); ‘Sea level rise and coastal flooding - understanding the risk’ workshop of the Royal Society (London, UK); ‘What is new since IPCC AR4?’ and ‘Sea level observations and causes ‘ symposia of the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences, (Chicago, USA); ERCA (European Research Courses on Atmospheres), Grenoble.


        2008: Golden Jubilee of the Geological Society of India (Bangalore, India; 2008) ; ESF workshop on ‘Water and Life’ (Taormina, Italy) ; ESF workshop on ‘Improving estimates of the rate of sea level rise from the Greenland ice sheet’ (Majorca, Spain); James Baker Institute (Rice University, Houston; USA); ‘Ocean climate and Sea level’ workshop at CAOS (Center for Atmosphere and Ocean Science) (New-York University; N.Y., USA); ERCA (European Research Courses on Atmospheres), Grenoble.

        2007: MacGill University (Montreal, Canada); NASA/GSFC (Greenbelt, USA); Opening Ceremony Lecture of the annual congress of the Société Française de Physique.


        2006: ONERC (Office National d’Evaluation du Changement Climatique) meeting on ‘Climate change in the Caribbean’ (Fort de France, Martinique); Holmes Lecture of the European Geosciences Union; (Vienna, Austria); UNESCO workshop on ‘Understanding sea level rise and variability’ (Paris); Indian Science Institute (Bangalore, India)


        2005: Japan Meteorological Institute (Tokyo, Japan)


        2004: International conference on ‘Human beings and climate’, College de France (Paris) ; ‘Assises de la Recherche Française dans le Pacifique’ (New Caledonia)


        2003: Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK); ‘Sushi Lecture ‘ of IUGG (International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Sapporo, Japan)





          • Member of the French Academy of Sciences (2004)
          • Foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS,USA) (2008)
          • Foreign fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), New Delhi (2012)
          • Member of theAcademia Europaea (1990)Member of the European Academy for Aeronautics and Space (1986).



          • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1996)
          • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2012)


          Scientific Awards

            • Bronze Medal of CNRS (1980)
            • Prize Doisteau-Blutet  of the  French  Academy of Sciences(1979; 1990)
            • PrizeKodak-Pathé-Landucci of the  French  Academy of Sciences(1996)
            • Vening-Meinesz Medal of the  European Geophysical Society(1999)
            • Arthur Holmes Medal of the  European Geosciences Union(2006)
            • Prize Manley Bendall
            • Medal ‘Albert 1er de Monaco’ of the Institut Océanographique de Monaco(2008)
            • Prize ‘Emile Girardeau‘ of the ‘Academie de Marine’ (2010).
            • Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2012)


              Civil Awards

              • Ordre National du Merite (Commandeur : 2007, Officier: 1997, Chevalier : 1981)
              • Legion d’Honneur (Officier : 2010, Chevalier: 2000)


              PUBLICATIONS : see Annex










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