Full Professor of Environmental Science

Ecole Normale Supérieure


Office: 24 rue Lhomond (map)

Phone: +33 (0)1 44 32 22 48


Mail code: 75231 Paris Cedex 05







Sabrina Speich is Professor in Ocean, Atmosphere and Climate Sciences at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris (France) where she is also the Dean of Studies of the Department of Geosciences. She is member of the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique of the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL).

Her research focuses on the uncovering and understanding of ocean dynamics and air-sea interactions and they role in the Earth’s climate system. She is an internationally recognized expert in ocean modeling as well as in organizing wide programs of in situ observations. She is recently focusing her research on scale-interactions in atmosphere-ocean dynamics, and how they affect the Earth climate and marine ecosystems under global warming. In particular, the ocean being the sub-climate system changing the most under the anthropogenic action, she is deeply involved in augmenting and improving the efficiency of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system and this together with a continuous scientific effort to understand ocean and air-sea exchanges processes. To reach such goals, Sabrina engaged in the international effort by co-chairing the CLIVAR Atlantic Regional Panel and by participating to the work of others international committees (SCAR, GOOS-OOPC). 

Sabrina Speich received a B.S. in Physics from the University of Trieste (Italy), a Ph.D in Physical Oceanography from the University Paris VI – Pierre et Marie Curie (now Sorbonne Université) in 1992, and the Habilitation à diriger des Recherches (HDR, equivalent to the D. Sc. in the United Kingdom, to the “Libera docenza” in Italy, and to the German “Habilitation”) in Physical Oceanography and Climate Sciences. She carried out postdoctoral research at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, USA) under a UCAR fellowship. Before joining the LMD and ENS in 2014, Sabrina Speich was a professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Western Brittany (UBO, France). She is a member of the European and American Geophysical Unions.

Sabrina SPEICH

Curriculum Vitae

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