Samuel Morin is a research scientist working in the field of snow science, especially in mountain regions. He is the current director of the Snow Research Center (CEN, 25 permanent staff, typically complemented by 10 PhD students and post-docs), a research unit of National Meteorological Research Laboratory (CNRM, www.umr-cnrm.fr, belonging to both Météo-France and CNRS), based in Grenoble, France.

He completed a PhD in Environmental Sciences completed in 2008, during which he worked on atmospheric chemistry in the polar atmosphere using isotopic approaches. At CEN, he carried out experimental research on snow physics and coordinated several research initiatives relevant to the observation and modeling of snow on the ground at various time scales and space.

He is closely connected to operational activities of Météo-France for mountain monitoring and prediction for meteorological, snow and avalanche conditions, thereby contributing to bridging scientific and technical gaps between research and operations, which both benefit from mutual interactions.

He has authored or co-authored more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and co-advised 9 PhD students. He served as Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) approved in September 2019.

Research Interests

Keywords: Snow, Climate, Mountain, Avalanche, Tourism, Meteorology, Modelling, Interdisciplinarity.

Samuel’s research currently focuses on addressing scientific challenges related to the assessment of climate change impacts and risks in mountain areas, contributing to narrowing the disciplinary gap between physical components of the mountain climate system and knowledge on their past and future impacts of ecosystems and human systems.

Over the past years, Samuel has mostly worked in an interdisciplinary manner on climate change and the mountain tourism sector, in particular ski tourism, thereby contributing to raising scientific knowledge and public awareness about climate change for mountain key sectors. He remains active in the broader field of applied snow and mountain science at shorter time scales, including for avalanche forecasting and management, and fostering the development of mountain climate services.


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