Hello, and welcome ! I am a research scientist with the National Fund of Scientific Research, and professor at the Université catholique de Louvain, at the George Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research. I have been working on climate dynamics and palaeoclimates since 1998, and specialised in modelling the dynamics of the climate system, with some emphasis on the phenomenon of ice ages. Ice ages is a global phenomenon that impacts on nearly every aspect of the climate system, and physical modelling requires to account for various processes including vegetation dynamics, ocean circulation response, ice sheet dynamics, isostasy, and biogeochemistry.
We learn about climate dynamics by identifying observed phenomena with behaviours developed by climate models. In this context, a model can be many things: a simple dynamical systems, an idealised hydrodynamic model, or a complex simulation machinery such as state-of-the-art global climate models. All of them can be useful. Since 2008, I have been particularly interested in statistical modelling approaches to calibrate, select, and investigate the sensitivity of climate models. This includes tools such as the Gaussian process emulator (for the analysis of complex climate models) and sequential Monte Carlo methods (for the calibration of dynamical systems).
Over the past five years my research team has been funded by an ERC Starting Grant that is now over, and it is now funded by the National Fund of Scientific Research as well as the Belgian Science Policy Office.
I teach Meteorology, Physics and dynamics of atmosphere and Ocean dynamics (2 modules), numerical methods in physics, physical geography, and advanced methods of climate modelling.
Member of ...
- Earth and Life Institute (ELI)
- Georges Lemaître Centre for Earth and Climate Research (TECLIM)
- Place Louis Pasteur 3, SC10 - L4.03.08
- B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium
- Tel: +32 (0) 10 47 33 00
- E-mail: michel.crucifix (at) uclouvain.be