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Denis-Didier ROUSSEAU

Senior Research Scientist @ CNRS

Adjunct Senior Research Scientist @ Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

"Peut-on rire de tout ? Et pourra-t-on encore demain rire de tout ? Ces questions méritent d’être posées..." Cabu

Visiting address :
Ecole Normale Supérieure
CERES-ERTI & Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique
24 rue Lhomond
Tel : +33-(0)14432 2724
Postal address : 24 rue Lhomond
75230 Paris, FRANCE
E-mail : denis.rousseau [at] lmd.ens.fr

Google scholar references
Researchgate link

AGU leadership blog "From the Prow" :


2 inspiring lectures corresponding to my academic mottos :

Stay hungry, Stay Foolish ! Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement address (2005)
The Path to Sustainable development. Jeffrey Sachs Columbia University lecture (2014)

"You’d have to be out of your mind to choose this planet ! It is only pleasant at night when its inhabitants are asleep (The Little Prince)
The Little Prince is wrong. There are those on earth whose integrity, kindness, and generosity of heart make up for the greed and selfishness of the others. For example...." Saint Exupéry dedication of his "The Little Prince"

LMD webpage about AE election

Science honors and awards
Civil servant honors and awards
  • 2010 Regional French Olympic Committee Languedoc-Roussillon Bronze Medal
Investissements d’Avenir
  • 2012 PI of CLIMCOR project (ANR-11-EQPX-0009-CLIMCOR) funded by the Equipement of excellence Governemtal program (Web page of CLIMCOR) (36 granted proposals over 210) : 4.6 Meuros
  • 2014 PI of CLIMCOR-Marion Dufresne (2014-EQX-01) funded by the Equipement of excellence Governemtal program : 13 Meuros.
  • My research program aims to develop a diverse approach, only a priori, of continental palaeoclimatology and global changes. Indeed, my interests allow me to work at different levels of integration from various records. However they have one point in common which is their connection to the global atmospheric circulation. Indeed, I am studying the loess sequences in the aspect of sediment and dust transport (ANR BLANC project "ACTES" funded 2009-2013 + ADOM initiative under the IGBP PAGES in 2009-2012), which means to address both regionally (Europe, North America, Asia) than globally (via possible teleconnections between the various areas mentioned above) the past dynamics of atmospheric circulation. Therefore, my research activities are grouped into three distinct themes :
      • Climate Dynamics during the past climate cycles, both Tertiary and Quaternary
      • Relations between recent climate change and Biosphere
      • Feedbacks in the environmental systems (PSL priority theme and CNRS thematic school)
  • Link to ANR BLANC project "ACTES"
  • Link to PSL Paris-Sciences-Lettres Research Foundation
  • Link to Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University 
  • Link to Alexander von Humboldt Fundation
European Program H2020
  • BG-15-2014 : Funded project EU-PolarNet : leader of Workpacakage2 : "Polar Research for Science and Society" (2014-2016)
  • COP21 Paris : Side event session : ”Artic Change : what it means ?"
American Geophysical Union
European Geosciences Union
PAGES (Past Global Changes program of IGBP)
  • PAGES website
  • Science organization
      • Member elected (2010-2015) of the Science Steering Committee (SSC)
      • Member elected of PAGES EXCOM (2012-2015)
  • Science working group
      • Chair of the ADOM (Atmospheric circulation Dynamics during the last glacial cycle : Observations and Modeling) working group
  • London 2012 : "A Planet under Pressure", co-convener with Eric Wolff and Hubertus Fischer of Theme B, Day 1 session : "How has the planet responded to large climate change pressures in the past ?"
  • Goa 13-16 February 2013 : "Open Science Meeting", member of the Scientific program Committee
French Arctic Initiative
INSU-CNRS (Earth Sciences and Astronomy National Institute at CNRS)
PSL* Research University
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
Recent publications
  • Rousseau, D.-D., Svensson, A., Bigler, M., Sima, A., Steffensen, J. P., and Boers, N. : Eurasian contribution to the last glacial dust cycle : how are loess sequences built ?, Clim. Past, 13, 1181-1197, https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-13-1181-2017, 2017.

  • Sitzia L, Bertran P, Sima A, Chery P, Queffelec A & Rousseau,DD (2017). Last glacial wind regime in southwest France derived from dunes, grain-size gradients and loess geochemistry. Quat. Sci. Rev. 170 : 250-268. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.06.029

  • Rousseau DD, Boers N, Sima A, Svensson A, Bigler M, Lagroix F, Taylor S & Antoine P (2017). (MIS3 & 2) millenial oscillations in Greenland dust and Eurasian aeolian records - A paleosol perspective. Quat. Sci. Rev. 169, 99-113 doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2017.05.020

  • Moine O,Antoine P, Hatté C, Landais A, Matthieu J, Prud’home C & Rousseau DD (2017). The impact of the Last Glacial climate variability in West-European loess revealed by radiocarbon dating of fossil earthworm granules. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci 114, 24, 6209-6214 doi :www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1614751114
  • Prud’homme C, Lécuyer C, Antoine P, Moine O, Hatté C, Fourel F, Martineau F & Rousseau DD (2016). Palaeotemperature reconstruction during the Last Glacial from δ18O of earthworm calcite granules from Nussloch loess sequence, Germany. Earth Planet Sci. Lett 442, 13-20. doi :10.1016/j.epsl.2016.02.045
  • Rousseau DD, Chauvel C, Sima A, Hatté C, Lagroix F, Antoine P, Balkanski Y, Fuchs M, Mellett C, Kageyama M, Ramstein G & Lang A (2014). European glacial dust deposits : Constraints on Atmospheric dust cycle modelling. Geophys. Res. Let. 41, 7666-7674. doi : 10.1002/2014GL061382
Recent book chapters
  • Antoine P, Moine O, Rousseau DD, Lagroix F, Kreutzer S, Fuchs M, Debret M, Hatté C, Gauthier C, Svoboda J & Lisá L (2016). Loess-palaeosol sequence DV-09 (Dolni Vestonice brickyard : chronostratigraphy and palaeoenvironments. In Svoboda, J., (ed.) : ”Dolní Věstonice II. Chronostratigraphy, Paleoecology, Paleoanthropology”. The Dolní Věstonice Studies vol. 21. Brno : Instute of Archaeology, 49-61.
  • Muhs D, Cattle, SR, Crouvi O, Rousseau DD, Sun J & Zarate MA (2014). Loess Records. In P Knippertz & JB Stuut (eds.) « Mineral Dust : A key player in the Earth System » Springer Verlag, 411-441, doi : 10.1007/978-94-017-8978-3_16.
  • Hatté C & Rousseau DD (2013). Interface air-sol : les séquences loessiques, marqueur de la circulation atmosphérique passée ? In JC Duplessy & G Ramstein (ed.) “Paléoclimatologie, Enquête sur les climats anciens”. Editions EDP Sciences – CNRS, Paris, T1, 263 – 273.
  • Rousseau DD, Schevin P, Ferrier, J, Ledru MP & Duzer D (2009). Existe-’il un transport pollinique vers Clipperton. « L Charpy (ed.), »Clipperton. Patrimoines Naturels », Publications scientifiques du Muséum, 297-308.

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