Senior Scientific Officer

Michel Rixen is a Senior Scientific Officer of the World Climate Research Programme where he leads the overall coordination of observations, data and modeling efforts.

Activities in his portfolio include amongst others the Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM) and its flagship project CMIP (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project), the Working Group on Subseasonal to Interdecadal Prediction (WGSIP), the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE), the COordinated Regional climate Downscaling Experiment (CORDEX), and the WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC) and WCRP Modeling Advisory Council (WMAC). He also ensures these groups are closely coordinated with partner programmes such as the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). 

Before joining the WCRP Secretariat in Geneva in 2011, he worked as a researcher at University of Liège, Belgium from 1995 to 2001 and a EU Marie Curie Post-Doc Fellow at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton from 2001 to 2003, after which he joined the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC) in La Spezia, Italy where he managed the Meteorology and Oceanography Program and led numerous experiments at sea as Scientist in Charge.

Michel Rixen holds a Ph.D. in Physics (Oceanography) from University of Liège, Belgium, and an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) from the International University of Monaco. He holds M.Sc. Degrees in Computer Engineering, Oceanography, Applied Mathematics, Environmental Sciences, and a Professorship accreditation — all from University of Liège, Belgium. He has published five books as a guest editor and more than 65 peer-reviewed papers, and has organized and chaired many international scientific conferences.

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