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Chargé de Recherche (CRCN CNRS)

Adresse: LEGOS
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Research interests

  • Studying monthly, seasonal and inter-annual water surface fluxes variability at regional and global scales, investigating causes of these variations and interactions with atmopshere (inputs) and oceans (outputs).
  • Benefits of satellite remote sensing data to observe continental water cycle. I am especially involved in the future Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite mission.
  • Use of hydrologic/hydrodynamic models outputs, intercomparison with in situ and satellite data


Research experiences

  • 2011 - Present: CNRS Research scientist at LEGOS, Toulouse, France.
  • 2010: Post-docotral researcher at University of Washington, Hydrology Group, Seattle, USA.
  • 2006 - 2009: PhD at LEGOS and Noveltis (CNES/Noveltis grant), Toulouse, France.



  • 2020: H.D.R, Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches (title: Variabilité du cycle hydrologique des grands bassins fluviaux, manuscript in French), Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
  • 2009: Ph.D. in Hydrology and Remote Sensing (title: study of boreal regions hydrological cycle and benefits of using wide swath altimetry, PhD manuscript in French), Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
  • 2006: M.Sc. in Atmosphere, Ocean and Land Surface processes, Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France.
  • 2005: M.Eng. in aerospace engineering, SUPAERO, Toulouse, France.


Peer-reviewed scientific articles

[36] Sikder M.S, M. Bonnema, C. M. Emery, C. H. David, P. Lin, M. Pan, S. Biancamaria and M. M. Gierach. "A Synthetic Dataset Inspired by Satellite Altimetry and Impacts of Sampling on Global Spaceborne Discharge Characterization". Water Resources Research, vol. 57, issue 2, e2020WR029035,, 2021 (abstract).

[35] Pujol L., P.-A. Garambois, P. Finaud-Guyot, J. Monnier, K. Larnier, R. Mosé, S. Biancamaria, H. Yesou, D. Moreira, A. Paris and S. Calmant. "Estimation of multiple inflows and effective channel by assimilation of multi-satellite hydraulic signatures: The ungauged anabranching Negro river". Journal of Hydrology, vol. 591, 125331,, 2020 (abstract).

[34] Lopez T., A. Al Bitar, S. Biancamaria, A. Güntner and A. Jäggi. "On the use of satellite remote sensing to detect floods and droughts at large scales". Surveys in Geophysics, vol. 41, pp. 1461-1487,, 2020 (abstract).

[33] Emery C., A. Paris, S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, S. Calmant, P.-A. Garambois, J. S. da Silva and C. David. "Discharge estimation via assimilation of multi-satellite-based discharge products: a case study over the Amazon basin". IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters,, in press (abstract).

[32] Ottlé C., A. Bernus, T. Verbeke, K. Pétrus, Z. Yin, S. Biancamaria, A. Jost, D. Desroches, C. Pottier, C. Perrin, A. de Lavenne, N. Flipo and A. Rivière. "Characterization of SWOT water level errors on Seine reservoirs and La Bassée gravel pits: impacts on water surface energy budget modeling". Remote Sensing, vol. 12, issue 18, 2911,, 2020 (open access article).

[31] Wongchuig-Correa S., R. Cauduro Dias de Paiva, S. Biancamaria and W. Collischonn. "Assimilation of future SWOT-based river elevations, surface extent and discharge observations into uncertain global hydrological models". Journal of Hydrology, vol. 590, pp. 125473,, 2020 (postprint).

[30] Emery C., S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, S. Ricci, M. Rochoux, V. Pedinotti and C. David. "Assimilation of wide-swath altimetry water elevation anomalies to correct large-scale river routing model parameters". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 24, pp. 2207-2233,, 2020 (open access article).

[29] Biancamaria S., M. Mballo, P. L. Moigne, J. Sánchez-Pérez, G. Espitalier-Noël, Y. Grusson, R. Cakir, V. Häfliger, F. Barathieu, M. Trasmonte, A. Boone, E. Martin and S. Sauvage. "Total water storage variability from GRACE mission and hydrological models for a 50,000 km2 temperate watershed: the Garonne River basin (France)". Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, vol. 24, 100609,, 2019 (open access article).

[28] Montazem A. S., P.-A. Garambois, S. Calmant, P. Finaud-Guyot, J. Monnier, D. M. Moreira, J. T. Minear and S. Biancamaria. "Wavelet-Based River Segmentation Using Hydraulic Control-Preserving Water Surface Elevation Profile Properties". Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 46, pp. 6534-6543,, 2019 (abstract).

[27] Grippa M., C. Rouzies, S. Biancamaria, D. Blumstein, J.-F. Crétaux, L. Gal, E. Robert, M. Gosset and L. Kergoat. "Potential of SWOT for Monitoring Water Volumes in Sahelian Ponds and Lakes". IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 12, issue 7, pp. 2541-2549,, 2019 (postprint).

[26] Häfliger V., E. Martin, A. Boone, S. Ricci and S. Biancamaria. "Assimilation of Synthetic SWOT River Depths in a Regional Hydrometeorological Model". Water, vol. 11, 78,, 2019 (open access article).

[25] Pham-Duc B., F. Papa, C. Prigent, F. Aires, S. Biancamaria and F. Frappart. "Variations of Surface and Subsurface Water Storage in the Lower Mekong Basin (Vietnam and Cambodia) from Multisatellite Observations". Water, vol. 11, 75,, 2019 (open access article).

[24] Baratelli F., N. Flipo, A. Rivière and S. Biancamaria. "Retrieving river baseflow from SWOT spaceborne mission". Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 218, pp. 44-54,, 2018 (abstract).

[23] Frappart F., S. Biancamaria, C. Normandin, F. Blarel, L. Bourrel, M. Aumont, P. Azémar, P.-L. Vu, T. Le Toan, B. Lubac and J. Darrozes. "Influence of recent climatic events on the surface water storage of the Tonle Sap lake". Science of the Total Environment, vol. 636, pp. 1520-1533,, 2018 (postprint).

[22] Fleischmann A., V. Siqueira, A. Paris, W. Collischonn, R. Paiva, P. Pontes, J.-F. Crétaux, M. Bergé-Nguyen, S. Biancamaria, M. Gosset, S. Calmant and B. Tanimoun. "Modelling hydrologic and hydrodynamic processes in basins with large semi-arid wetlands". Journal of Hydrology, vol. 561, pp. 943-959,, 2018 (abstract).

[21] Emery C., A. Paris, S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, S. Calmant, P.-A. Garambois and J. S. da Silva. "Large scale hydrological model river storage and discharge correction using satellite altimetry-based discharge product". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 22, pp. 2135-2162,, 2018 (open access article).

[20] Biancamaria, S., T. Schaedele, D. Blumstein, F. Frappart, F. Boy, J.-D. Desjonquères, C. Pottier, F. Blarel and F. Niño. "Validation of Jason-3 tracking modes over French rivers". Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 209, pp. 77-89,, 2018 (postprint).

[19] Biancamaria S., F. Frappart, A.-S. Leleu, V. Marieu, D. Blumstein, J.-D. Desjonquères, F. Boy, A. Sottolichio and A. Valle-Levinson. “Satellite altimetry water elevations performance over a 200 m wide river: evaluation over the Garonne River”. Advances in Space Research, vol. 59, issue 1, pp. 128-146,, 2017 (postprint).

[18] Emery C., S. Biancamaria, A. Boone, P.-A. Garambois, S. Ricci, M. Rochoux and B. Decharme. “Temporal Variance-based Sensitivity Analysis of the River Routing Component of the large scale hydrological model ISBA-TRIP: Application on the Amazon Basin”. Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol. 17, issue 12, pp. 3007-3027,, 2016 (printed article).

[17] Biancamaria S., D. P. Lettenmaier  and T. M. Pavelsky. “The SWOT mission and its capabilities for land hydrology”. Surveys in Geophysics, vol. 37, issue 2, pp. 307-337,, 2016 (postprint).

[16] Häfliger V., E. Martin, A. Boone, F. Habets, C. H. David, P.-A. Garambois, H. Roux, S. Ricci, L. Berthon, A. Thévenin and S. Biancamaria. “Evaluation of regional-scale water level simulations using various river routing schemes within a hydrometeorological modelling framework for the preparation of the SWOT mission”. Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol. 16, issue 4, pp. 1821–1842,, 2015 (printed article).

[15] Crétaux J.-F., S. Biancamaria, A. Arsen, M. Bergé-Nguyen and M. Becker. "Global surveys of reservoirs and lakes from satellites and regional application to the Syrdarya river basin ". Environmental Research Letters, vol. 10, issue 1, 015002,, 2015 (open access article).

[14] Pedinotti V., A. Boone, S. Ricci, S. Biancamaria and N. M. Mognard. "Assimilation of satellite data to optimize large-scale hydrological model parameters: a case study for the SWOT mission". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 18, issue 11, pp. 4485-4507,, 2014 (open access article).

[13] Flipo N., A. Mouhri, B. Labarthe, S. Biancamaria, A. Rivière and P. Weill. "Continental hydrosystem modelling: the concept of nested stream–aquifer interfaces". Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 18, issue 8, pp. 3121-3149,, 2014 (open access article).

[12] Hossain F., A. H. M. Siddique-E-Akbor, W. Yigzaw, S. M. Shah-Newaz, M. Hossain, L. C. Mazumder, T. Ahmed, C. K. Shum, H. Lee, S. Biancamaria, F. J. Turk and A. Limaye. "Crossing the ‘Valley of Death’: Lessons Learned from Implementing an Operational Satellite-Based Flood Forecasting System". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. 95, issue 8, pp. 1201-1207,, 2014 (open access article).

[11] Hossain F., A. H. M Siddique-E-Akbor., L. C. Mazumdar, S. M. Shah Newaz, S. Biancamaria, H. Lee and C. K. Shum. "Proof of concept of an operational altimeter-based forecasting system for transboundary flow". IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 7, issue 2, pp. 587-601,, 2014 (postprint).

[10] Papa F., S. Biancamaria, C. Lion and W. B. Rossow. "Uncertainties in mean river discharge estimates associated with satellite altimeter temporal sampling intervals: a case study for the annual peak flow in the context of the future SWOT hydrology mission". IEEE Geoscience and remote sensing letters, vol. 9, issue 4, pp. 569-573,, 2012 (postprint).

[9] Zakharova E. A., A. V. Kouraev, S. Biancamaria, M. V. Kolmakova, N. M. Mognard, V. A. Zemtsov, S. N. Kirpotin and B. Decharme. "Snow cover and spring flood flow in the northern part of Western Siberia (the Poluy, Nadym, Pur, and Taz Rivers)". Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol. 12, issue 6, pp. 1498-1511,, 2011 (open access article).

[8] Biancamaria S., F. Hossain and D. P. Lettenmaier. "Forecasting transboundary river water elevations from space". Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 38, L11401,, 2011 (postprint).

[7] Biancamaria S., A. Cazenave, N. M. Mognard, W. Llovel and F. Frappart. "Satellite-based high latitude snow volume trend, variability and contribution to sea level over 1989/2006". Global and Planetary Change, vol. 75, issue 3-4, pp. 99-107,, 2011 (postprint).

[6] Biancamaria S., M. Durand, K. M. Andreadis, P. D. Bates, A. Boone, N. M. Mognard, E. Rodriguez, D. E. Alsdorf, D. P. Lettenmaier and E. A. Clark. "Assimilation of virtual wide swath altimetry to improve Arctic river modeling". Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 115, issue 2, pp. 373-381,, 2011 (postprint).

[5] Biancamaria S., K. M. Andreadis, M. Durand, E. A. Clark, E. Rodriguez, N. M. Mognard, D. E. Alsdorf, D. P. Lettenmaier and Y. Oudin. "Preliminary characterization of SWOT hydrology error budget and global capabilities". IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, vol. 3, issue 1,, 2010 (postprint).

[4] Biancamaria S., P. D. Bates, A. Boone and N. M. Mognard. "Large-scale coupled hydrologic and hydraulic modelling of an arctic river: the Ob river in Siberia". Journal of Hydrology, vol. 379, issue 1-2, pp. 136-150,, 2009 (postprint).

[3] Biancamaria S., N. M. Mognard, A. Boone, M. Grippa and E. G. Josberger. "A satellite snow depth multi-year average derived from SSM/I for high latitude regions". Remote Sensing of Environment, vol. 112, pp. 2557-2568,, 2008 (postprint).

[2] Grippa M., N. M. Mognard, T. Le Toan and S. Biancamaria. "Observation of changes in the hydrological cycle of Western Siberia Lowland". Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 34, L15403,, 2007 (postprint).

[1] Frappart F., G. Ramillien, S. Biancamaria, N. M. Mognard and A. Cazenave. "Evolution of high-latitude snow mass derived from the GRACE gravimetry mission (2002-2004)". Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 33, L02501,, 2006 (postprint).


Peer-reviewed scientific book chapters and monographs

[3] Clark E. A., S. Biancamaria, Hossain F., J.-F. Crétaux and D. P. Lettenmaier. "Current and future application for altimetry in trans-boundary river management". In: “Benveniste J., S. Vignudelli, A. Kostianov. Inland Water Altimetry, Springer, ISBN:978-3-642-22678-6.” (accepted).

[2] Bauer-Gottwein P., P. Bates, A. Getirana, K. Andreadis, P. Matgen, J. Neal, S. Biancamaria and C. Michailovsky. "Altimetry data assimilation in hydrological modeling". In: “Benveniste J., S. Vignudelli, A. Kostianov. Inland Water Altimetry, Springer, ISBN:978-3-642-22678-6.” (accepted).

[1] Lakshmi V., D. Alsdorf, M. Anderson, S. Biancamaria, M. Cosh, J. Entin, G. Huffman, W. Kustas, P. van Oevelen, T. Painter, J. Parajka, M. Rodell and C. Rüdiger (Editors). "Remote Sensing of the Terrestrial Water Cycle", AGU Geophysical Monograph, 206, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN:978-1-118-87203-1, 576 pages, November 2014.


Proceedings and non peer-reviewed scientific articles

[6] Biancamaria S., K. Andreadis and S. Ricci. "Using images of continental water surface elevations from upcoming satellite mission". EOS, Transactions American Geophysical Union, vol. 95, issue 12, 25 mars 2014.

[5] Biancamaria S., E. Rodriguez, N. Goutal, S. Ricci, N. Mognard, P. Rogel and E. Le Pape. "Satellite (SWOT) and airborne (AirSWOT) wide-swath altimeters to study the Garonne River". Proceedings of the “20 years of progress in radar altimetry symposium”, Venise, Italy, 24-29 Sept. 2012, ESA Special Publication SP-170.

[4] Garambois P.-A., S. Biancamaria, J. Monnier, H. Roux and D. Dartus. "Variational data assimilation of AirSWOT and SWOT data into the 2D shallow water model DassFlow. Method and test case on Garonne River (France)". Proceedings of the “20 years of progress in radar altimetry symposium”, Venise, Italy, 24-29 Sept. 2012, ESA Special Publication SP-170.

[3] Biancamaria S., E. Rodriguez, N. Mognard, F. Saleh, F. Habets and N. Flipo. "Présentation de la future mission satellitaire SWOT et des campagnes aéroportées AirSWOT", Rapport d'activité annuelle du PIREN-Seine 2011, mars 2012 (report in French).

[2] Biancamaria S., A. Cazenave, N. M. Mognard, W. Llovel and F. Frappart. "Remotely sensed high latitude snow volume over 1990/2006 and its connection with climatic indices". CNES report to the 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly (18-25 Jul. 2010), pp. 94-95., 2010.

[1] Biancamaria S., P.D. Bates, A. Boone, N.M. Mognard and J.-F. Crétaux. “Modelling the Ob river in Western Siberia using remotely sensed digital elevation models”. Proceedings of the "Second Space for Hydrology Workshop", Geneva, Switzerland, 12-14 November 2007, ESA Workshop Proceedings Publication WPP-280.


Outreach articles/book chapters

[2] Biancamaria, S. et Y. Kerr. “Apport de l’observation satellitaire à l’hydrologie continentale”. La Météorologie, vol. 97, pp. 70-77,, 2017 (open access article, in French; All articles from La Météorologie's special issue on satellite observations are available here).

[1] Herrmann M., S. Biancamaria et R. Roca. “La répartition spatiale actuelle de l’eau sur Terre”, p. 100-101. In : "Mosseri R., C. Jeandel et A. Euzen. L’eau à découvert, CNRS Éditions, Paris, 368 pages, ISBN:978-2-271-08829-1, novembre 2015"

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