Maîtresse de Conférences HC HDR Université Paris-Saclay UVSQ/OVSQ

Associate Professor

Research Topics

How to detect climate trends in clouds?

Tools: Satellite Observations (CALIPSO-GOCCP products, ISCCP cloud products, A-Train) & Climate Models CMIP5, lidar simulator COSP


Climate variability at regional scale, particular role of clouds

Tools: ReOBS synthesis of ground-based observations, WRF/MED-CORDEX simulation, lidar simulator, method of the analogues


Seasonal and interannual variability of clouds in Europe

Tools: Satellite observations (CALIPSO-GOCCP products), Regional models (WRF/MED-CORDEX simulation), lidar simulator, weather regimes classification

Current scientific projects

PI-France of AOS - Atmosphere Observing System

CNES-NASA Satellite Mission project, phase A


Co-director of GDR EECLAT - Expecting Earth-Care,Learning from A-Train:

Also supported by CNES-TOSCA


CoPI of water vapour lidar at OHP

Current teaching

Co-responsible of Master 2 PEPS in mention STePE (Université Paris-Saclay) Université, Paris saclay m2-physique-environnement-procedes-peps-0


Course Handout  about atmospheric dynamics:


Master 1 « STePE » at Université Paris-Saclay


My university UVSQ , OVSQ


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Articles Rank A



Feofilov A., H. Chepfer, V. Noël, R. Guzman, C. Gindre, M. Chiriaco : Comparing scattering ratio products retrieved from ALADIN/Aeolus and CALIOP/CALIPSO observations : sensitivity, comparability, and temporal evolution. AMT – special issue “Aeolus data and their applications”, Preprint,  

Rojas O., M. Chiriaco, S. Bastin, J. Ringard : Estimation of the terms acting on local surface one-hour temperature variations in Paris region: the specific contribution of clouds. ACP, Vol 21, issue 20,   



Ringard J., M. Chiriaco, S. Bastin, F. Habets : Recent trends in climate variability at local scale using 40 years of observations : case of Paris region, France. ACP, 19, 13129–13155,

LothonM., P. Barnéoud, F. Lohou, O. Gabella, S. Derrien, S. Rondi, M. Chiriaco, S. Bastin, J.-C. Dupont, M. Haeffelin, J. Badosa, N. Pascal, et N. Montoux : ELIFAN, an algorithm for the estimation of cloud cover from sky imagers. AMT, 12, 5519–5534, .


Bastin S., P. Drobinski, M. Chiriaco, Romain Roehrig, Clemente Gallardo, Dario Conte, Marta Dominguez-Alonso, Laurent Li, Piero Lionello, et Ana Parracho : Impact of humidity biases on light precipitation occurrence: observations versus simulations. ACP, sous presse.  



Noël V., H. Chepfer, M. Chiriaco, J. Yorks: The diurnal cycle of cloud profiles over land and ocean between 51°S and 51°N, seen by the CATS spaceborne lidar from the International Space Station. ACP,

Chiriaco M., J.-C. Dupont, S. Bastin, J. Badosa, J. Lopez, M. Haeffelin, H. Chepfer, R. Guzman : ReOBS: a new approach to synthetize long-term multi-variable dataset and application to the SIRTA supersite. Earth System Science Data, accepted.

Chepfer H., V. Noël, M. Chiriaco, B. Wielicki, D. Winker, N. Loeb, S. Klein, R. Wood, R. Guzman : The potential of a multi-decades space-borne lidar record to constrain cloud feedbacks.  J. of Geophys. Res., accepted.



Dione C. F. Lohou, M. Chiriaco, M. Lothon, S. Bastin, J.-L. Baray, P. Yiou, A. Colomb : The influence of synoptic circulations and local processes on temperature anomalies over three French observatories. JAMC, DOI :



Hoareau C., V. Noël, H. Chepfer, J. Vidot, M. Chiriaco, S. Bastin, M. Reverdy, G. Cesana : Remote-sensing ice supersaturation inside and near cirrus clouds : a case study in the tropics. Atm. Sc. Letter, in press.

Chakroun M., S. Bastin, M. Chiriaco, H. Chepfer : Characterization of vertical cloud variability over Europe using spatial lidar observations and regional simulation. Clim. Dyn., doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3037-3.

Bastin S., M. Chiriaco, P. Drobinski : Control of radiation and evaporation on temperature variability in a WRF regional climate simulation: comparison with colocated long term ground based observations near Paris. Climate Dynamics, pp 1 - 19.

Haeffelin M., S. Crewell, A. J. Illingworth, G. Pappalardo, H. Russchenberg, M. Chiriaco, K. Ebell, R. J. Hogan, F. Madonna : Parallel developments and formalcollaborations between European atmospheric profiling observatories and US ARM research programs. AMS Monograph, 10.1175/AMSMONOGRAPHS-D-15-0045.1



Reverdy M., H. Chepfer, D. Donovan, V. Noël, G. Cesana, C. Hoareau, M. Chiriaco, S. Bastin : An EarthCARE/ATLID simulator to evaluate cloud description in climate models" for publication in Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. J. of Geophys. Res., in press.

Chiriaco M., S. Bastin, P. Yiou et al. 2015 : Dry soils exacerbated 2006 heatwave in Northern France. Sciencefor Environment Policy, European Comission?s Environment Directorate-General. Highlight of Chiriaco et al. 2014. Issue 405.



Chepfer H., V. Noël, D. Winker, M. Chiriaco, 2014 : Where and when will we observe cloud change due to climate warming? Geophys. Res. Let., DOI: 10.1002/2014GL061792.

Chiriaco M., S. Bastin, P. Yiou, M. Haeffelin, J.-C. Dupont, L. Klenov, M. Stéfanon : European heat-wave in July 2006 : observations and modelling showing how local processes amplify conducive large-scale conditions. Geophys. Res. Let., 41 issue 15, 5644 - 5652.



Cheruy F., J. C. Dupont, A. Campoy, A. Ducharne, F. Hourdin, M. Haeffelin, M. Chiriaco, 2013 : Combined influence of atmospheric physics and soil hydrology on the realism of the LMDz model compared to SIRTA measurements. Clim. Dyn., DOI 10.1007/s00382-012-1469-y.



Chaboureau J. P., E. Richard, J. P. Pinty, C. Flamant, P. Di Girolamo, C. Kiemle, A. Behrendt, H. Chepfer, M. Chiriaco, V. Wulfmeyer, 2010 : Long-range transport of Saharan dust and its Radiative impact on precipitation forecast over western Europe. Q.J. R. Meteor. Soc., 137, 236 ? 251.



Chepfer H., S. Bony, D. Winker, M. Chiriaco, J.-L. Dufresne et G. Sèze, 2008 : Use of CALIPSO lidar observations to evaluate the cloudiness simulated by a climate model. Geoph. Res. Let., 35, iss. 15.



Chepfer H., M. Chiriaco, R. Vautard, J. Spinhirne, 2007 : Evaluation of MM5 optically thin clouds over Europe using ICESat lidar space-borne observations. Mon. Weath. Revi., 135, 2737 ? 2753.

Chepfer H., P. Minnis, P. Dubuisson, M. Chiriaco, S. Sun-Mack, E. D. Rivière, 2007 : Nitric Acid particles in Cold Thick Ice Clouds observed at global scale : Link with Lightning and Water Vapor Humidity. J.of Geophys. Res. 112, D05212.



Chiriaco M., R. Vautard, H. Chepfer, M. Haeffelin, J. Dudhia, Y. Wanherdrick, Y. Morille et A. Protat, 2006c : The Ability of MM5 to Simulate Ice Clouds : Systematic Comparison between Simulated and Measured Fluxes and Lidar/Radar Profiles at SIRTA Atmospheric Observatory. Month. Weath. Rev., 134, 897 ? 918.

Chiriaco M., H. Chepfer, V. Noël, M. Haeffelin et P. Drobinski, 2006a : Dual Lidar Observations at 10.6 µm and 532 nm for Retrieving semi-transparent Cirrus Cloud Properties. J. Appl. Meteo and Clim., 45, 537 ? 555.

Chiriaco M., H. Chepfer, P. Minnis, M. Haeffelin, S. Platnick,V.Noël, S. Sun-Mack, G. Wind, D. Baumgardner, M. McGill, P. Dubuisson, D. Spangenberg et J. Pelon, 2006b : Comparison of CALIPSO-like, LARC and MODIS Retrievals of Ice Cloud Properties over SIRTA in France and Florida during CRYSTAL-FACE. J. Appl. Meteo. and Clim., 46, 249 ? 272.



Chiriaco M., H. Chepfer, V. Noel, A. Delaval, M. Haeffelin, P. Dubuisson et P. Yang, 2004 : Improving Retrievals of Cirrus Cloud Particle Size Coupling Lidar and Three-Channel Radiometric Techniques. Month. Weath. Rev., 132, 1684 ? 1700.

Haeffelin M., L. Barthès, O. Bock, C. Boitel, S. Bony, B. Bouniol, H. Chepfer, M. Chiriaco, J. Delanoë, P. Drobinski, J. L. Dufresne, C. Flamant, M. Grall, A. Hodzic, F. Hourdin, F. Lapouge, Y. Lemaître, A. Mathieu, Y. Morille, C. Naud, V. Noël, J. Pelon, C. Pietras, A. Protat, B. Romand, G. Scialom et R. Vautard, 2004 : SIRTA, a ground-based atmospheric observatory for clouds and aerosols research. Ann. Geophys., 23, 253 ? 275.

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