Valerie Masson-Delmotte

Valerie Masson-Delmotte is a French climate scientist and Research Director at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, where she works in the Climate and Environment Sciences Laboratory (LSCE).[1] She uses data from past climates to test models of climate change, and has contributed to several IPCC reports.[1]

Valerie Masson-Delmotte
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Valérie Masson-Delmotte in 2015
Alma materEcole Centrale Paris
AwardsMartha T Muse prize
Scientific career
Fieldsclimate science
InstitutionsThe Climate and Environment Sciences Laboratory,
Commission for Atomic Energy
WebsiteValerie Masson-Delmotte at the CEA

Early life and educationEdit

Masson-Delmotte was born 29 October 1971 to two English teachers, and she grew up in Nancy, in the northeast of France.[2] She completed a Diploma of Advanced studies in Engineering with honours at the Ecole Centrale Paris in 1993.[3] She also received her PhD in from the same institution in 1996, in fluid physics and transfers.[3] Her doctoral thesis was "Climate simulation of the Holocene means using general circulation models of the atmosphere; Impacts of parameterization”.[3]

Career and impactEdit

After her PhD, Masson-Delmotte began working as a researcher at the Commissariat for Atomic Energy (CEA), specifically the Laboratory of Climate and the Environmental Sciences.[2] She became head of a paleoclimate group in 2010, head of a research group in 1998, and completed her habilitation in 2004.[3] Since 2008, she has been the Research Director/Senior Scientist at CEA.[1][3] Her research includes water vapour monitoring and combines past climate variability (ice cores, tree rings) with simulations, to address current climate models.[4]

Masson-Delmotte served on numerous national and international projects including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Since 2014, she has been a member of the French Research Strategic Council.[4]

She has published extensively, including several books for the general public, as well as children’s books.[5][6]

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeEdit

In October 2015, she was elected co-chair of Working Group 1 (WGI) of the IPCC, which is the group that "examines the physical science basis".[2] She was the co-ordinating lead author of the paleoclimate chapter in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) cycle.[4] Masson-Delmotte is currently leading IPCC's Working Group One's (WGI) activities for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle.[7]

Awards and honoursEdit

Masson-Delmotte won the Martha T. Muse prize for contribution to Antarctic science in 2015.[8] She also won the French-Austrian Prize Amédée in 2014[9] and the Irène Joliot-Curie prize for the woman scientist of the year in 2013.[10] She won the prize of scientific excellence UVSQ in 2011,[9] and the Descartes Prize of the European Commission for transnational collaborative research: EPICA in 2008.[11] She was associated with the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 awarded to Al Gore and the IPCC.[12] She was co-awarded the Grand Prix Etienne Roth du CEA from the French Academy of Sciences in 2002.[3] In 2019 she was awarded the 2020 Milutin Milankovic Medal by the European Geosciences Union.[13]

In 2020 Masson-Delmotte was awarded an honorary doctorate by Utrecht University for her work on climate science.[14] That same year, Valerie also received, along with her partner Mª del Carmen Domínguez, the Prix Diálogo, for her research on the environment and climate change.[15]

Selected worksEdit

  • Masson-Delmotte, Valérie, M. Schulz, A. Abe-Ouchi, J. Beer, A. Ganopolski, J.F. González Rouco, E. Jansen, K. Lambeck, J. Luterbacher, T. Naish, T. Osborn, B. Otto-Bliesner, T. Quinn, R. Ramesh, M. Rojas, X. Shao and A. Timmermann, 2013: Information from Paleoclimate Archives. In: Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Stocker, T.F., D. Qin, G.-K. Plattner, M. Tignor, S.K. Allen, J. Boschung, A. Nauels, Y. Xia, V. Bex and P.M. Midgley (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA.
  • Hansen, James, Makiko Sato, Pushker Kharecha, David Beerling, Robert Berner, Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Mark Pagani, Maureen Raymo, Dana L. Royer, and James C. Zachos. "Target atmospheric CO2: Where should humanity aim?." arXiv preprint arXiv:0804.1126 (2008).
  • Loulergue, Laetitia, Adrian Schilt, Renato Spahni, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Thomas Blunier, Bénédicte Lemieux, Jean-Marc Barnola, Dominique Raynaud, Thomas F. Stocker, and Jérôme Chappellaz. "Orbital and millennial-scale features of atmospheric CH4 over the past 800,000 years." Nature 453, no. 7193 (2008): 383-386.
  • Jouzel, Jean, Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Olivier Cattani, Gabrielle Dreyfus, Sonia Falourd, Georg Hoffmann, Bénédicte Minster et al. "Orbital and millennial Antarctic climate variability over the past 800,000 years." Science 317(5839) (2007): 793-796.
  • Masson-Delmotte, Valérie, M. Kageyama, P. Braconnot, S. Charbit, G. Krinner, C. Ritz, E. Guilyardi et al. "Past and future polar amplification of climate change: climate model intercomparisons and ice-core constraints." Climate Dynamics 26, no. 5 (2006): 513-529.
  • Siegenthaler, Urs, Thomas F. Stocker, Eric Monnin, Dieter Lüthi, Jakob Schwander, Bernhard Stauffer, Dominique Raynaud et al. "Stable carbon cycle–climate relationship during the late Pleistocene." Science 310, no. 5752 (2005): 1313-1317.
  • Masson, Valérie, Françoise Vimeux, Jean Jouzel, Vin Morgan, Marc Delmotte, Philippe Ciais, Claus Hammer et al. "Holocene climate variability in Antarctica based on 11 ice-core isotopic records." Quaternary Research 54, no. 3 (2000): 348-358.


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  6. ^ "Valérie Masson-Delmotte, CV" (PDF). Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Accessed 2017-06-30.
  7. ^ Pidcock, Roz (February 2, 2016). "The Carbon Brief Interview: Valérie Masson-Delmotte". Carbon Brief. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Tinker-Muse Prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica". Retrieved 2016-06-24.
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  10. ^ UPMC, Université Pierre et Marie Curie -. "Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Awarded the Irène Joliot-Curie" (in French). Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  11. ^ "EPICA receives the Descartes prize for excellent research". Center for Is og Klima. 2008.
  12. ^ "The Nobel Peace Prize 2007". Retrieved 2016-06-24.
  13. ^ "EGU announces 2020 awards and medals". News. European Geosciences Union. 2019-10-22. Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  14. ^ "Climate scientist Valerie Masson-Delmotte honoured". Utrecht University. 17 February 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  15. ^ "17º Prix Diálogo a la Amistad Hispano-Francesa". Retrieved 9 March 2021.

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