Professor Eric Rignot is a renowned glaciologist, Chancellor Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, and Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
His research work conducted with a group of 27 scientists is focused on understanding the interactions of ice and climate, in particular to determine how the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will respond to climate change in the coming century and how they will affect global sea level.
This research combines satellite remote sensing techniques (imaging radar interferometry, laser altimetry, radio echo sounding), airborne geophysical surveys, field surveys and expeditions, and numerical modeling (ice sheet system model (ISSM)) and spans from the cold, vast, dry interior regions of Antarctica to the warm, wet, narrow, dynamic glaciers of Patagonia, Chile.
Based on study findings, Dr. Rignot has shown that the observed speeds at which glaciers in Greenland and West Antarctica are melting are increased sooner and more significantly than anticipated.
In 2010, Eric Rignot was a lead author to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report WGI (Working Group I). In 2007, he was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize with other authors of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report WGI. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher. He received several NASA medals for scientific excellence and leadership