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Benoit Meyssignac

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Scientist at CNES and LEGOS

 Address: LEGOS, 14 avenue Edouard Belin 31400 Toulouse, France

 Email :benoit(dot)meyssignac(at)legos(dot)obs-mip(dot)fr

 Téléphone : +33 5 61 33 47 19

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Professional experience:

-   since 2009 : Scientist at LEGOS
-   2009 - 2012 : Ph.D Thesis in Space Oceanography at LEGOS
-   2004 - 2009 : Astrodynamics research engineer at CNES

Education :

-   2009 - 2012 : Ph.D Thesis in Space Oceanography - University of Toulouse III.
-   2003 : Engineer degree at ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronotique et de l'Espace, Toulouse).
-   2002 : Engineer degree at Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau).

Research interest :

-   Climate research: Analysis of the Earth global water-energy cycle changes in response to the Earth energy imbalance using space techniques. Use of satellite geodesy and dynamical topography to constraint, track and understand the Earth water-energy budget and the climatic causes of mass and energy redistribution among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth .
-   Satellite geodesy : Gravimetry, Temporal changes of the Earth gravity field and global mass redistributions among the surface fluid envelopes of Earth (oceans, atmosphere, land).  mass balance of the ice sheets, land water storage.
-   Satellite topography: Dynamical topography, Sea level variations at regional and global scales from satellite altimetry and tide gauges, ocean thermal expansion and energy redistribution in the ocean. Reconstruction of past regional sea level at climatic time scales

Awards :

-   2017:  Christian Le Provost medal from the French National Academy of Sciences
-   2013: Picot de Lapeyrouse PhD award from the Toulouse Academy of Sciences
-   2011: Outstanding scientific presentation of the World Climate Research Program
-   2010: Outstanding student paper award of the American Geophysical Union
-   2008: Winner of the third Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition organised by the Advanced Concept Team of ESA


Peer-reviewed publications :


-   Slangen A.B.A, Meyssignac B., Agosta C., Champollion N., Church J.A., Fettweis X., Ligtenberg S.R.M, Marzeion B., Melet A., Palmer M.D., Richter K., Roberts C.D., Spada G., (2017) Evaluating Model Simulations of Twentieth-Century Sea Level Rise. Part I: Global Mean Sea Level Change. Journal of Climate 30:21, 8539-8563. doi : 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0110.1
-   Meyssignac B., Slangen A.B.A, Melet A., Church J.A., Fettweis X., Marzeion B., Agosta C., Ligtenberg S.R.M., Spada G., Richter K., Palmer M.D., Roberts C.D., Champollion N., (2017) Evaluating Model Simulations of Twentieth-Century Sea-Level Rise. Part II: Regional Sea-Level Changes. Journal of Climate 30:21, 8565-8593.doi : 10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0112.
-   Adloff F., Jordà G., Somot S., Sevault F., Arsouze T., Meyssignac B., Li L., Planton S., (2017) Improving sea level simulation in Mediterranean regional climate models. Clim Dyn.  doi: 10.1007/s00382-017-3842-3
-   Nidheesh, A. G., M. Lengaigne, J. Vialard, T. Izumo, A. S. Unnikrishnan, B. Meyssignac, B. Hamlington, and C. de Boyer Montegut (2017), Robustness of observation-based decadal sea level variability in the Indo-Pacific Ocean, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 7391–7400, doi:10.1002/2017GL073955.
-   Carson, M., Köhl, A., Stammer, D., Meyssignac, B., Church, J., Schröter, J., … Hamlington, B. (2017). Regional sea level variability and trends, 1960–2007: A comparison of sea level reconstructions and ocean syntheses. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122. doi: 10.1002/2017JC012992
-   Meyssignac B., Fettweis X., Chevrier R., Spada G. (2017) Regional sea level changes for the 20th and the 21st century induced by the regional variability in Greenland ice sheet surface mass loss. Journal of Climate 30:6, 2011-2028, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0337.1.
-   Dieng H., Cazenave A., Meyssignac B. and Ablain M. (2017), New estimate of the current rate of sea level rise from a sea level budget approach, Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, doi:10.1002/2017GL073308.
-   Dieng H., Cazenave A., Meyssignac B., von Schuckmann K. and Palanisamy H. (2017), Sea and land surface temperatures, ocean heat content Earth’s energy imbalance and net radiative forcing, International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4996.


-   Sérazin G., Meyssignac B., Penduff T., Terray L., Barnier B., Molines J.M. Quantifying uncertainties on regional sea level rise induced by multi-decadal oceanic intrinsic variability. 43, 2016GL069273. doi: 10.1002/2016GL069273
-   Meyssignac B., C.G. Piecuch, C.J. Merchant, M.-F. Racault, H.Palanisamy, C. MacIntosh, S. Sathyendranath, R. Brewin, Causes of the regional variability in observed sea level, sea surface temperature and ocean colour over the period 1993-2011. Survey in geophysics. Survey in geophysics. 38,1, 187–215 DOI: 10.1007/s10712-016-9383-1
-   Melet A., Almar R., Meyssignac B. (2016) What dominates sea level at the coast: a case study for the Gulf of Guinea. Ocean Dynamics. 66, 623-636. Doi: 10.1007/s10236-016-0942-2.
-   von Schuckmann K., Palmer M. D., Trenberth K. E., Cazenave A., Chambers D., Champollion N., Hansen J., Josey S. A., Loeb N., Mathieu P.P., Meyssignac B., Wild M. (2016) An imperative to monitor Earth’s energy imbalance. Nature climate change. 6, 138-144. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2876


-   Balmaseda MA, Fabrice Hernandez, A Storto, MD Palmer, O Alves, L Shi, GC Smith, T Toyoda, M Valdivieso, B Barnier, D Behringer, T Boyer, YS Chang, GA Chepurin, N Ferry, Gael Forget, Y Fujii, S Good, S Guinehut, K Haines, Y Ishikawa, S Keeley, Armin Köhl, T Lee, MJ Martin, S Masina, S Masuda, B Meyssignac, K Mogensen, L Parent, KA Peterson, YM Tang, Y Yin, G Vernieres, X Wang, J Waters, R Wedd, O Wang, Y Xue, M Chevallier, JF Lemieux, F Dupont, T Kuragano, M Kamachi, T Awaji, A Caltabiano, K Wilmer-Becker, Fabienne Gaillard (2015) The ocean reanalyses intercomparison project (ORA-IP). Journal of Operational Oceanography. 8, s80-s97. Doi: 10.1080/1755876X.2015.1022329
-   Dieng H.B, Champollion N., Cazenave A., Wada Y., Schrama E., Seneviratne S., Meyssignac B. (2015) Total land water storage change over 2003-2013  estimated from a global mass budget approach. Environment Research Letter.10, 124010. Doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124010
-   Dieng H.B., Cazenave A., von Schuckmann K., Ablain M., Meyssignac B. (2015) Sea level budget over 2005-2013: Missing contributions and data errors. Ocean Science. 11, 789-802. Doi: 10.5194/os-11-789-2015
-   Melet A. and Meyssignac B. (2015) Explaining the spread in global mean thermosteric sea level rise in CMIP5 climate models. Journal of Climate.28,9918-9940.doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0200.1
-   Palanisamy H, Meyssignac B, Cazenave A, Delcroix T. (2015) Is anthropogenic sea level fingerprint already detectable in the Pacific Ocean? Environmental Research Letter, 10, 084024, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084024
-   Le Cozannet G., Raucoules D., Wöppelmann G., Garcin M., Da Sylva S., Meyssignac B., Gravelle M., Lavigne F. (2015) Vertical ground motion and historical sea-level records in Dakar (Senegal). Environmental Research Letters, 10 084016. Doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084016
-   Palanisamy H., Cazenave A., Delcroix T, Meyssignac B. (2015) Spatial trend patterns in the Pacific Ocean sea level during the altimetry era: the contribution of thermocline depth change and internal climate variability. Ocean Dynamics, 65,3, 341-356, DOI 10.1007/s10236-014-0805-7
-   M. Ablain, A. Cazenave, G. Larnicol, M. Balmaseda, P. Cipollini, Y. Faugère, M. J. Fernandes, O. Henry, J. A. Johannessen, P. Knudsen, O. Andersen, J. Legeais, B. Meyssignac, N. Picot, M. Roca, S. Rudenko, M. G. Scharffenberg, D. Stammer, G. Timms, and J. Benveniste (2015) Improved sea level record over the satellite altimetry era (1993–2010) from the Climate Change Initiative project. Ocean Sci., 11, 67-82, doi:10.5194/os-11-67-2015
-   Dieng H.B., Palanisamy H., Cazenave A., Meyssignac B., von Schuckmann K. (2015) The Sea Level Budget Since 2003: Inference on the Deep Ocean Heat Content. Survey in Geophysics 36:209–229, doi:10.1007/s10712-015-9314-6


-   Palanisamy H., Cazenave A., Henry O., Prandi P., and Meyssignac B., (2014)  Sea level variations measured by the new altimetry mission SARAL-AltiKa and its validation based on spatial patterns and temporal curves using Jason-2, steric sea level, ocean mass and tide gauge data, Marine Geodesy.
-   Le Cozannet G., Garcin M., Yates M., Idier D., Meyssignac B., (2014) Approaches to evaluate the recent impacts of sea-level rise on shoreline changes, Earth-Science Reviews, 138, 47-60. doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2014.08.005.
-   Cazenave A., Dieng H.B., Meyssignac B., von Schuckmann K., Decharme B. and Berthier E. (2014) The rate of sea level rise.  Nature Climate Change, 4, 358–361. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2159.
-   Dieng H.B., Henry O., Messignac B., Cazenave A., von Schuckmann K. and Lemoine J.M., (2014). Effect of La Nina on the global mean sea level and North Pacific ocean mass over 2005-2011, Journal of Geodetic Science, 4:19–27, doi: 10.2478/jogs-2014-0003.
-   Palanisamy H., Cazenave A., Meyssignac B., Woppelmann G. and Soudarin L., (2014) Regional sea level variability, total relative sea level rise and its impacts on islands and coastal zones of Indian Ocean over the last sixty years, Global Planetary Change, 116, 54-67. doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2014.02.001.


-   Meyssignac B., Lemoine J.M., Cheng M., Cazenave A., Gégout P., Maisongrande P. (2013) Variations in degree 2 spherical harmonics of the gravity field reveal large-scale mass transfers of climatic origin in the ocean and over land. Geophysical Research Letter, doi:101002/grl.50772.
-   Henry O., Ablain M., Meyssignac B., Cazenave A., Masters D., Nerem S., Garric G., (2013) Effect of the processing methodology on satellite altimetry-based global mean sea level rise over the Jason-1 operating period. Journal of Geodesy, 88,4,351-361. doi: 10.1007/s00190-013-0687-3.
-   Le Cozannet G., Garcin M., Petitjean L., Cazenave A., Becker M., Meyssignac B., Walker P., Devilliers C., Lebrun O., Lecacheux S., Baills A., Bulteau T., Yates M., Wöppelmann G. (2013). Exploring the relation between sea level rise and shoreline erosion using reconstructions: an example in French Polynesia. Journal of Coastal Research, 65,doi: 10.2112/SI65-361.1
-   Peng D., Palanisamy H., Cazenave A., Meyssignac B. (2013). Sea level change and variability in the South China Sea, in press, Marine Geodesy.  doi: 101080/01490419.2013.771595.

-   Fenoglio-Marc L., Mariotti A., Sannino G., Meyssignac B., Carillo A., Struglia M.V., Rixen M. (2013). Decadal variability of net water flux at the Mediterranean Sea Gibraltar Strait. Global and Planetary Change, 100:1–10. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.08.007.



-   Llovel W., Fukumori I., Meyssignac B. (2012). Depth-dependent temperature change contributions to global mean thermosteric sea level rise from 1960 to 2010. Global and Planetary Change, 101:113–118. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2012.12.011
-   Palanisamy H., Becker M., Meyssignac B., Henry O., Cazenave A. (2012). Regional Sea Level Change and Variability in 20 the Caribbean Sea since 1950. Journal of Geodetic Science, 2:125-133. doi:10.2478/v10156-011-0029-4.
-   Cazenave A., Boubacar-Dieng H., Munier S.,Henry O., Meyssignac B.,Palanisamy H., Llovel W. (2012) L’influence d’El Niño et de La Niña sur le niveau de la mer. La Météorologie. 79 :34-39.
-   Crétaux J.F., Bergé-Nguyen M., Meyssignac B., Calmant S., Romanovski V., Perosanz F., Tashbaeva S., Arsen A., Fund F., Martignago N., bonnefond P., Laurain O., Maisongrande P. Calibration of Envisat altimeter over the Lake Issykkul. Advances in Space Research, in press.
-   Cazenave A., Henry O., Munier S., Meyssignac B., Delcroix T., Llovel, Palanisamy H. and Gordon A.L (2012). Estimating ENSO influence on the global mean sea level during 1993-2010. Marine Geodesy, 35:82-97. doi:10.1080/01490419.2012.718209
-   Henry O., Prandi P., Llovel W., Cazenave A., Jevrejeva S., Stammer D., Meyssignac B., Koldunov N., Cazenave A. (2012). Sea level variations since 1950 along the coasts of the Arctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117:C06023, doi:10.1029/2011JC007706.
-   Meyssignac B. and Cazenave A. (2012). Sea level: a review of present-day and recent-past changes and variability. Journal of Geodynamics, 58:96-109.  doi:10.1016/j.jog.2012.03.005.
-   Meyssignac B., Llovel W., Cazenave A., Salas-Melia D., Becker M. (2012) Tropical Pacific spatial trend patterns in observed sea level: internal variability and/or anthropogenic signature? Climate of the Past. 8:787-802. doi:10.5194/cp-8-787-2012
-   Meyssignac B., Becker M., Llovel W., Cazenave A. (2012) An assessment of two-dimensional past sea level reconstructions over 1950-2009 based on tide gauge data and different input sea level grids. Survey in Geophysics, 33, 5:945-972. doi:10.1007/s10712-011-9171-x.



-   Becker M., Meyssignac B., Llovel W., Cazenave A. and Delcroix T. (2011). Sea level variations at Tropical Pacific Islands during 1950-2009. Global and Planetary Change. 80/81:85-98. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.09.004.
-   Llovel W., Meyssignac B., Cazenave A. (2011)  Steric sea level variations over 2004-2010 as a function of region and depth; Inference on the mass component variability in the North Atlantic Ocean. Geophysical Research Letter. 38, L15608, doi:10.1029/2011GL047411.
-   Meyssignac B., Calafat F.M., Somot S., Rupolo V., Stocchi P., Llovel W., Cazenave A. (2011). Two-dimensional reconstruction of the Mediterranean sea level over 1970 – 2006 from tide gauge data and regional ocean circulation model outputs. Global and Planetary Change.1/2: 49-61. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.03.002
-   Marcos M., Calafat F. M., Llovel W., Gomis D., Meyssignac B. (2011). Regional distribution of steric and mass contributions to sea level changes. Global and Planetary Change.3/4: 206-218. doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2011.01.007


-   Becker M., Meyssignac B., Xavier L., Cazenave A., Alkama R., and Decharme B. (2010). Past terrestrial water storage (1980–2008) in the Amazon Basin reconstructed from GRACE and in situ river gauging data. Hydrology and Earth System Science, 15:533-546, 2011. doi:10.5194/hess-15-533.

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