Marie-Noëlle Woillez holds a Ph.D. in Climate Modeling and conducts research on the impacts of climate change in AFD’s countries of operation.
Increasing intensity of heatwaves, rising sea levels, growing number of forest fires: Marie-Noëlle Woillez works on the effects of climate change on AFD’s partner countries. This work is a continuation of her training and the beginnings of her career path.
A climate and biosphere enthusiast, Marie-Noëlle Woillez wrote her Ph.D. thesis on Climate Modeling at the Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment (LSCE, Saclay), in collaboration with the Laboratory of Glaciology and Environmental Geophysics (LGGE, Grenoble).
Her work mainly focused on the interactions between the climate and vegetation during the last ice age. She subsequently studied the impact of climate variations on vegetation and fires in South Africa in the period of the first homo sapiens, during post-doctoral studies at the Oceanic and Continental Environments and Paleoenvironments Laboratory (EPOC, Bordeaux). After a few years as an engineer at the French Petroleum Institute, she joined AFD in 2018.
Publications as an author
Publications as a coordinator
- "Impact of precession on the climate, vegetation and fire activity in southern Africa during MIS4", with G. Levavasseur, A.-L. Daniau, M. Kageyama, D.H. Urrego, M.-F. Sánchez-Goñi and V. Hanquiez, Climate of the Past vol. 10, pp. 1165–1182 (2014)
- "Simulating the vegetation response in western Europe to abrupt climate changes under glacial background conditions", with M. Kageyama, N. Combourieu-Nebout and G. Krinner, Biogeosciences, vol. 10 (2013)
- "Impact of solar forcing on the surface mass balance of northern ice sheets for glacial conditions", with G. Krinner, M. Kageyama and G. Delaygue, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, vol. 335-336, pp. 18-24 (2012)
- “Impact of CO2 and climate on the Last Glacial Maximum vegetation: results from the ORCHIDEE/IPSL models”, with M. Kageyama, G. Krinner, N. de Noblet-Ducoudré, N. Viovy and M. Mancip, Climate of the Past vol. 7, pp. 557–577 (2011)