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Ocean Surface Topography from Space
Anny Cazenave Honored
January 01, 2010

Anny Cazenave
Anny Cazenave

France has named Ocean Surface Topography science team member Anny Cazenave an "Officier de la Legion d'Honneur," one of the country's highest honors. She was cited for her many scientific achievements and for her participation in the international scientific community at the award ceremony in Toulouse this month, She had previously been made a "Chevalier" or Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2004 for her service to the country.

"Anny is a pioneer in satellite altimetry," said OST project scientist Lee-Lueng Fu. "Her earlier work was instrumental in our modern understanding of the earth's lithospheric processes. Her recent work has been influential in determining the present rate of sea level rise and its causes. We all feel extremely proud of her achievements recognized by this French national medal."

Established by Napoleon Bonaparte more that 200 years ago, the Legion of Honor recognizes both civilian and military accomplishments.

Anny Cazenave works for the French space agency CNES and is currentlydeputy director of the LEGOS space geophysics and oceanography researchlaboratory at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrenees in Toulouse, France. Shehas been a member of the OST science team since the first team wasassembled in 1987, five years before the launch of TOPEX/Poseidon.

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