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Jean Jouzel

Director of Research at CEA, vice-chair of IPCC WK1

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Jean Jouzel is a french climatologist and glaciologist, research director at the CEA. In 2002, the CNRS awarded him with the gold medal, higher French scientific distinction, in duo with Claude Lorius. As a member of the IPCC, he is co-laureate of the Peace Nobel Prize in 2007 with Al Gore. In 2009, he is elected president of “Meteo and Climat”, association founded in 1852 and state approved.  In 2012, he received the Vetlesen prize, considerered as the Nobel prize in Earth and Universe Sciences that he shares with his colleague Susan Salomon, an American chemistry. Since 2010, he is member of the economic, social and environmental Council.

Born in a breton farmers family on the 5th March 1947, he has graduated as an engineer from the ESCIL school and PhD in physical sciences since 1974. He became research engineer in the laboratory of isotopic geochemistry at the CEA (Atomic Energy) where he is co-manager since 1986. He is appointed assistant manager at laboratory of glaciology and environment geophysics at the CNRS-Grenoble in 1989 and then assistant manager of the lab of climate and environmental modeling at the CEA in 1991 and finally research director at the CEA in 1995.

From 2001 to 2008, he managed the Pierre Simon Laplace Institute, in which he was responsible for the climate group from 1998 to 2000. He is also President of the board of French Polar institute Paul Emile Victor (IPEV).

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Jean Jouzel is known all over the world for its ice analysis in the Antarctic and Groenland allowing to understand better the past climate and for his contribution to the study of climate change, in particular because of his role in the IPCC as expert and scientific group vice president since 2002.
He is the author and coauthor of more than 400 publications including 50 in the most prestigious scientific magazines Nature and Science.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Jean Jouzel leads his action in the Antarctic and in Groenland

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

In the IPCC, he is expert in climatology and also acts for the implementation of the policies to fight climate change.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

The climate change linked with human activities is a reality. Everything must be done to limit its scope and consequences.