Anny Cazenave

Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Primary Section: 16, Geophysics
Membership Type:
International Member (elected 2008)


Anny Cazenave is senior scientist at the ‘Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiale’, Toulouse, France, until recently director for Earth sciences at the International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland. Her research deals with the applications of space techniques to Earth sciences. In the first part of her career, she used space geodesy techniques for studying solid Earth geophysics. In the last 25 years, she moved to oceanography and climate research, in particular sea level rise from global to local scales. She served as officer of the science committee of the World Climate Research Programme. She also served as lead author of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working Group I (4th and 5th Assessment Reports). She is a member of the French Academy of sciences and foreign member of the NAS, the Royal Society, and Indian, and Belgian academies of sciences.

Research Interests

Anny Cazenave's research deals with the applications of space techniques to Earth sciences. It can be divided into 3 main topics : (1) Satellite geodesy and applications to geodetic problems (Earth gravity field, tides, global Earth deformations, tectonic and geocenter motions, etc.), (2) Marine geophysics, mainly from satellite altimetry and (3) Sea level changes and its relation with climate, and Hydrology from space.   Her current research is mostly devoted to measuring sea level changes from altimeter satellites from global to local scales and to understanding the underlying processes (e.g., ocean warming,  land ice melt, terrestrial water storage changes) using other observing systems like ARGO and space gravimetry. She is also interested in coastal impacts of sea level rise, and more generally, in coastal zones changes driven by  global warming and human activities.

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