Anny Cazenave is emeritus scientist at the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales in France, and director for Earth sciences at the International Space Science Institute in Switzerland. Her research deals with the applications of space techniques to Earth sciences. In the first part of her career, she used space techniques to study geodetic problems (Earth rotation, gravity field, global Earth deformations) and marine geophysics. About two decades ago, she moved to climate research with focus in hydrology and sea level.
She contributed to this domain in using satellites to observe changes in land hydrology and sea level rise from global to local scales. She also contributed to the understanding of the processes (e.g., ocean warming, land ice melt, terrestrial water storage changes) causing global and regional sea level rise. Her current work also concerns sea level rise in the world coastal zones and the associated impacts. She was a lead author of the 4th and 5th Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She was awarded the 2020 Vetlesen prize.
Director for Earth Sciences, International Space Science Institute Emeritus scientist, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)