Dr. Pascale Braconnot


Pascale completed a PhD in statistical methods to compare tropical ocean models to observations. She then moved into the field of palaeoclimate modelling and joined the Paleoclimate Modelling group at Laboratoire de Modélisation du Climat et de l’Environnement (now Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement). Her interests have included understanding the mechanisms of the Asian and African monsoon amplifications during the Holocene and into the last interglacial period. She was one of the team who first showed, with a three dimensional fully coupled ocean-atmosphere model, the importance of ocean feedbacks in the last glacial inception. Her later work on this topic focused on understanding the relative roles of changes in obliquity and precession during the last interglacial period.Since its start, she has been deeply involved in the organisation of the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), in which climate model output are analysed and compared between each other and to reconstructions. She is now coordinating this project’s activities on coupled ocean-atmosphere simulations for the mid-Holocene and has performed some of the first modelling studies, using general circulation models, of the sensitivity of interannual variability modes, such as El-Niño Southern Oscillation, to the mid-Holocene insolation changes.