Eric Rignot is a professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding the interactions of ice, ocean and climate, in particular using imaging radar observations from satellites and airplanes to determine how the ice sheets in Antarctica, Greenland and Patagonia will respond to climate change and affect global sea level. He also serves on the Executive Board of UCI’s “Solutions that Scale.”
Eric is a Lead Author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment and contributed to other reports of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has published more than 170 papers in the peer reviewed literature and is a highly cited researcher. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.
Eric holds a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, a Master’s degree in astronomy from the University of Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie in France, and an engineer’s degree in engineering from Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, France.
Outside of Science: Eric loves trail running and keeping up with his kids.