The Nansen Polar Bear Award for 2016 to the French scientist Prof. Anny Cazenave

Nansen Polar Bear Award 2016.Nansen Polar Bear Award 2016.Prof. Anny Cazenave receives the Nansen Polar Bear Award for 2016 from director Johnny A. Johannessen during the 30 years anniversary seminar.Prof. Anny Cazenave receives the Nansen Polar Bear Award for 2016 from director Johnny A. Johannessen during the 30 years anniversary seminar.The Nansen Polar Bear Award for 2016 is given to Prof. Anny Cazenave for her outstanding contribution to the understanding of sea level change and global warming. The Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center presents their Nansen Polar Bear Award to a researcher or administrator who has made considerable achievements within remote sensing studies of the environment for the benefit of the society. 

Anny Cazenave is a French space geodesist at Laboratoire d’Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales (LEGOS) and one of the pioneers in satellite altimetry. She has profoundly contributed to a greater understanding of sea level change and global warming. Prof. Cazenave was among the first scientists to use satellite radar altimetry data to extrapolate the rate of sea level rise of approximately three mm/year. She moreover emphasized the challenge of balancing the global sea level budget by incorporating time-dependent gravity field data from the GRACE satellite system.

Anny Cazenave is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead author of the sea level sections of the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report and the 2014 IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. She was also elected to the French Academy of Sciences in 2004 and became the 2012 recipient of the William Bowie Medal.

The Nansen Polar Bear Award was given to Prof. Cazenave during the Nansen Center´s 30 Years Anniversary Seminar on 24th November where she gave a keynote presentation on global sea level change..

The Nansen Polar Bear Award has previously been given to William J. Campbell in 1986, Robert A. Shuchman, Bjørn J. Landmark, Christian Rieber, Per Gloersen, Jan A. Anderssen, Guy Duchossois, Klaus Hasselmann, Kirill Ya. Kondrayev, Hartmut Grassl, Jean-Pierre Contzen, Werner Alpers, Jean-Paul Malingreau, Leonard Johnson, Kåre Rommetveit, Lennart Bengtsson, Leonid P. Bobylev and staff at NIERSC, Bjart Nygaard, Yngve Kristoffersen, Ola M. Johnannessem, Hui-Jun Wang, Valentin P. Meleshko and to Anny Cazenave now in 2016.