Senior Scientist ■ CEA / Member of the National Climate Change Committee ■ Haut Conseil Climat
Valérie Masson-Delmotte is a climate scientist with an extensive research background on issues such as quantifying and understanding past climate and water cycle variability, climate information from ice cores, climate response to natural and anthropogenic forcings, climate feedbacks, abrupt climate change, ice sheets and sea level. With 250 peer-review publications, she was one of the most highly cited scientists in the field of geosciences in 2014-2022.
She is extremely active in outreach and science communication and has contributed to several books on climate change for children and the general public. She was the IPCC WGI co-chair from 2015 to 2023.
Her contributions to science advances have been acknowledged by several prestigious prizes, such as the European Commission Descartes Prize in 2008 for the EPICA project, the Irène Joliot-Curie Prize as Women scientist of year 2013, the Martha T. Muse for Antarctic science in 2015, Nature’s 10 in 2018, the CNRS silver medal in 2019, the European Geophysical Union Milankovicz medal in 2020, the medal of the President of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research in 2020, the gold medal of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in 2023.