CARRER Dominique

Staff Researcher at CNRM (UMR3589 / Météo-France / CNRS / Université de Toulouse)

Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques ( since 2004 )
42, avenue Coriolis, 31057 Toulouse Cedex 1, France

Phone: +33561079477

email: dominique.carrer (at)

Office #235 : Navier building (CNRM)

Scientific interests

I received the Engineer degree from the ENM school of Toulouse (France) and the Ph.D. degree from UMPC university of Paris (France). I joined the CNRM/GAME lab (Météo France/CNRS), in 2005.

My major research interests are related to:

- land modelling (energy, water, and carbon fluxes at surface level);

- and remote sensing of surface and atmospheric parameters (including land surface albedo, BRDF, down-welling shortwave surface radiation flux, and aerosols).

My recent works concern the improvement of the carbon cycle in climate models, the estimation of surface albedo and atmospheric aerosol by satellite, the study of albedo-induced changes to fight against global warming, the effect of climate on vegetation cycle and properties, etc. I have also a good scientific expertise in radiative transfer modelling (both in the atmosphere and at surface within the canopy).


I am/was involved as researcher scientist in several French and European projects: ANR (ORACLE, MASC, REMEMBER), FP7 (COPERNICUS Global Land Service, CORE-CLIMAX, EartH2Observe).

I am also the project manager for Météo France of 5-6 projects (French and European). The main objective of these projects is to manage to monitor the changes of vegetation properties due to drought or climate changes by using satellite data.

Hereafter, the list of current projects in which I am involved.

Topic: Analysis of the impact of climate change on land surfaces (especially ago-ecosystems and forests).

Project Name / Leading Institute


Total Budget (approx.)

My activity / Consortium


Univ. of Liège(Belgique)

Analysis of the climate mitigation of the land cover changes over Belgium ( 2014-2016.


Researcher (post-doc supervision) / Univ. of Liège, RMI, Univ. of Namur Univ. of Antwerp, University of Ghent


IPSL – Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement

Analysis of the climate change benefits and risks for the agro-ecosystems and forests: Socio-economical and political impacts in France. ( 2011-2016.


Researcher (post-doc supervision) / CERFACS, UREP –INRA-UR874, UMR 211 INRA, AgroParisTech, AGROCLIM, EPHYSE, INRA-UHP 1137, UMR éco. publique, LEF



Météo France CNRM

Analysis of mitigation strategies in order to fight against climate change in the cities. 2017-2020.


Researcher / IGN, CNRS (Lab-Sticc + CNRM), RMI, KNMI, FMI, Meteo-Ro

Topic: Satellite remote sensing to monitor the changes of essential climate variables characterising the Earth (vegetation, surface, and atmosphere).

Project Name / Leading Institut


Total Budget (approx.)

My activity / Consortium

Remote sensing of the aerosols in the atmosphere



Remote sensing of aerosols in the atmosphere (AERUS-GEO product,

(2 Phases)


5.5 pm of IT developer (from Icare/AERIS)

(Phase 1 accepted and in progress)

Projet Manager/ ICARE-AERIS


Univ. de Bourgone

Development of atmospheric index for health risks of respiratory infection. 2016-2018.

(2 Phases)



(Phase 1 accepted and closed)

Local Project Manager / UMR5560, 5290, 8518, 6282, 5561, Fac. de Médecine (Dakar), Univ. of Liège, Dpt épid. biostat.

Activité fédérative avec EUMETSAT

Météo France CNRM

Remote sensing of aerosols in the atmosphere (AERUS-GEO product,

(instantaneous AOD from MSG and first adaptation to MTG)


160k€ (tbc)


Project Manager/ EUMETSAT

Monitoring of surface properties (albedo, incoming solar radiation)





Flemish Inst. for Technological Research

Retrieval of essential climatic variables to characterize the surface by using satellite observations between 1981 and 2006. 2016-2017.



(Phase 1 accepted and in progress)



(Phase 2 accepted and will start in April 2018)

Local Project Manager/ VITO, DLR, CREAF, HYGEOS,  EOLAB

Local Project Manager VITO, EOLAB, HYGEOS, FastOpt, B Consult, Univ. Louvaine.


Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera

NRT retrieval of radiative variables to characterize the surface by using satellite observations ( 2017-2022.


(Accepted and in progress)

Local Project Manager / IPMA, RMI, KCL, IDL, KIT, UV, VITO, ARSO, NIMH


Flemish Inst. for Technological Research

Same objective than C3S/312_a project with the use of recent instruments in order to ensure NRT continuity of the monitoring. ( 2018-2019.

Analysis on feedback from operations as support to Proba-V data. (2017-2018)




(Accepted and in progress)

Local project Manager/ HYGEOS, IPMA, ZAMG, EOLAB, CREAF, U. Leicester, EODC, IIASA, U. Wageningen, YU Wien, RMI, VITO


- PhD Student Supervision -

. Hélène Dewaele - Intégration de données satellitaires dans SURFEX pour le suivi de la végétation à l'échelle mondiale (2014-2017). (Co-supervision with JC. Calvet)

. Carole Planque - Observation satellitaire et modélisation de l’albédo de la forêt sur le territoire français métropolitain : dynamique temporelles et impacts radiatifs (2014-2017). (Co-supervision with JL. Roujean 2014-2017, and JC. Calvet in 2018)

. Matthias Rocher - Évaluation de pratiques agricoles comme levier d’action contre le changement climatique (et interactions avec l'économie de l'environnement) (2016-2019). (Co-supervision with R. Séférian and P. Dumas)

- Post-doc and Staff Supervision -

Around 6 persons (researcher and engineer) that are involved in remote sensing activities in the Lab.


Xavier Ceamanos - Researcher / Developer of Incoming Solar Product and Aerosol product (staff)

Gabriel Lellouch - Researcher / Technical Support (Albedo, BRDF)

Suman Moparthy - Validation Project Lead / Developer of Incoming Solar Product and Aerosol product

Catherine Meurey - Technical Support / Validation Expert (staff)

Florian Pinault - Technical Project Lead (Albedo, BRDF, Sensor Harmonization)

Chloé Vincent - Reviewer of Technical Documentation / Technical Support (Albedo, BRDF, Incoming Solar Product)


Also co-supervision of technical teams in charge of operational systems in VITO, IPMA, AERIS.


. Co-PI of field campaigns (ParisFog [2006], Ahspect [2015, 2016]).

. Teacher at ENM engineer school in Toulouse (around 35 students).


1. Leroux, D., Carrer, D., Planque, C., Calvet, 2017. Satellite observation suitability to assess the energy budget at large scale in the PAR domain. Remote Sensing of Environment, to be submitted.

2. Carrer, D., Pique, G., Ferlicoq, M., Ceamanos, X., Ceschia, E., 2017. What is the potential of cropland albedo management in the fight against global warming? A case study based on the use of cover crops. Environmental Research Letters, in press

3. Moparthy, S., Carrer, D., Planque, C., Ceamanos, X., Can we detect the vegetation brownness or greenness of forests using satellite surface albedo products? A case study over the Congo rainforest, Remote Sensing, submitted.

4. Munier, S., Carrer, D., Albergel, C., Calvet, J.C., 2017. Assimilation of satellite-derived disaggregated Leaf Area Index into the SURFEX modelling platform. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. In preparation.

5. Munier, S., Carrer, D., Planque, C., Camacho, F., Albergel, C. and Calvet, J.-C., Satellite Leaf Area Index: global scale analysis of the tendencies per vegetation type over the last 17 years, Remote Sensing, 2018, 10(3), 424; doi:10.3390/rs10030424

6. Dewaele, H. et al. Parameter optimisation for a better representation of drought by LSMs: inverse modelling vs. sequential data assimilation. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., doi 10, 5194/hess-2017-120.

7. Planque, C., Carrer, D. & Roujean, J.-L. Analysis of MODIS albedo changes over steady woody covers in France during the period of 2001–2013. Remote Sensing of Environment 191, 13–29 (2017).

8. Napoly, A. et al. The interactions between soil–biosphere–atmosphere (ISBA) land surface model multi-energy balance (MEB) option in SURFEXv8–Part 2: Introduction of a litter formulation and model evaluation for local-scale forest sites. Geoscientific Model Development 10, 1621 (2017).

9. Xu, H. et al. On the influence of the diurnal variations of aerosol content to estimate direct aerosol radiative forcing using MODIS data. Atmospheric Environment 141, 186–196 (2016).

10. Séférian, R. et al. Development and evaluation of CNRM Earth system model–CNRM-ESM1. Geoscientific Model Development 9, 1423–1453 (2016).

11. Napoly, A. et al. The Interactions between Soil-Biosphere-Atmosphere (ISBA) land surface model Multi-Energy Balance (MEB) option in SURFEX–Part 2: Model evaluation for local scale forest sites, Geosci. Model Dev. Discuss. Model Dev. Discuss., doi: http://dx. doi. org/10.5194/gmd-2016-270, in review (2016).

12. Laanaia, N., Carrer, D., Calvet, J.-C. & Pagé, C. How will climate change affect the vegetation cycle over France? A generic modeling approach. Climate Risk Management 13, 31–42 (2016).

13. Basart, S. et al. Extensive Comparison Between a Set of European Dust Regional Models and Observations in the Western Mediterranean for the Summer 2012 Pre-ChArMEx/TRAQA Campaign. in Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XXIV 79–83 (Springer, 2016).

14. Joetzjer, E. et al. Improving the ISBA (CC) land surface model simulation of water and carbon fluxes and stocks over the Amazon forest. Geoscientific Model Development 8, 1709–1727 (2015).

15. Garrigues, S. et al. Impact of climate, vegetation, soil and crop management variables on multi-year ISBA-A-gs simulations of evapotranspiration over a Mediterranean crop site. Geoscientific Model Development 8, 3033–3053 (2015).

16. Drame, M. S. et al. On the Importance of Aerosol Composition for Estimating Incoming Solar Radiation: Focus on the Western African Stations of Dakar and Niamey during the Dry Season. Atmosphere 6, 1608–1632 (2015).

17. Xu, H., Ceamanos, X., Roujean, J.-L., Carrer, D. & Xue, Y. Can satellite-derived aerosol optical depth quantify the surface aerosol radiative forcing? Atmospheric research 150, 151–167 (2014).

18. Ceamanos, X., Carrer, D. & Roujean, J.-L. An efficient approach to estimate the transmittance and reflectance of a mixture of aerosol components. Atmospheric research 137, 125–135 (2014).

19. Ceamanos, X., Carrer, D. & Roujean, J.-L. Improved retrieval of direct and diffuse downwelling surface shortwave flux in cloudless atmosphere using dynamic estimates of aerosol content and type: Application to the LSA-SAF project. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 14, 8209–8232 (2014).

20. Carrer, D. Suivi des flux d’énergie, d’eau et de carbone à la surface: apport de la télédétection et de la modélisation du rayonnement solaire absorbé par la végétation. (Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris VI, 2014).

21. Carrer, D. et al. Dynamic mapping of snow-free vegetation and bare soil albedos at global 1km scale from 10-year analysis of MODIS satellite products. Remote sensing of environment 140, 420–432 (2014).

22. Carrer, D., Ceamanos, X., Six, B. & Roujean, J.-L. AERUS-GEO: A newly available satellite-derived aerosol optical depth product over Europe and Africa. Geophysical Research Letters 41, 7731–7738 (2014).

23. Canal, N. et al. Evaluation of root water uptake in the ISBA-A-gs land surface model using agricultural yield statistics over France. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 18, 4979–4999 (2014).

24. Masson, V. et al. The SURFEXv7.2 land and ocean surface platform for coupled or offline simulation of earth surface variables and fluxes. Geoscientific Model Development 6, 929–960 (2013).

25. Carrer, D. et al. A canopy radiative transfer scheme with explicit FAPAR for the interactive vegetation model ISBA-A-gs: Impact on carbon fluxes. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences 118, 888–903 (2013).

26. Szczypta, C. et al. Impact of precipitation and land biophysical variables on the simulated discharge of European and Mediterranean rivers. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 16, 3351 (2012).

27. Cedilnik, J., Carrer, D., Mahfouf, J.-F. & Roujean, J.-L. Impact assessment of daily satellite-derived surface albedo in a limited-area NWP model. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 51, 1835–1854 (2012).

28. Carrer, D. et al. Incoming solar and infrared radiation derived from METEOSAT: Impact on the modeled land water and energy budget over France. Journal of Hydrometeorology 13, 504–520 (2012).

29. Trigo, I. F. et al. The satellite application facility for land surface analysis. International Journal of Remote Sensing 32, 2725–2744 (2011).

30. Szczypta, C. et al. Verification of the new ECMWF ERA-Interim reanalysis over France. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 15, 647 (2011).

31. Kaptué Tchuenté, A. T. et al. A new characterization of the land surface heterogeneity over Africa for use in land surface models. Journal of Hydrometeorology 12, 1321–1336 (2011).

32. Szczypta, C. et al. Verification of the new ECMWF ERA-Interim reanalysis over France. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 7, 7151–7190 (2010).

33. Haeffelin, M. et al. PARISFOG: shedding new light on fog physical processes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 91, 767–783 (2010).

34. Carrer, D., Roujean, J.-L. & Meurey, C. Comparing operational MSG/SEVIRI land surface albedo products from Land SAF with ground measurements and MODIS. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 48, 1714–1728 (2010).

35. Carrer, D., Roujean, J.-L., Hautecoeur, O. & Elias, T. Daily estimates of aerosol optical thickness over land surface based on a directional and temporal analysis of SEVIRI MSG visible observations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 115, (2010).

36. Calvet, J.-C. et al. Utilisation de données satellitaires en hydro-météorologie: la recherche à Météo-France. La Houille Blanche 96–102 (2010).

37. Albergel, C. et al. Utilisation de mesures in situ d’humidité des sols pour l’évaluation des produits satellitaires micro-ondes dans le Sud-Ouest de la France. La Houille Blanche 120–126 (2010).

38. Albergel, C. et al. An evaluation of ASCAT surface soil moisture products with in-situ observations in Southwestern France. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 13, 115–124 (2009).

39. Geiger, B. et al. Near real-time provision of downwelling shortwave radiation estimates derived from satellite observations. Meteorological Applications 15, 411–420 (2008).

40. Geiger, B., Carrer, D., Franchisteguy, L., Roujean, J.-L. & Meurey, C. Land surface albedo derived on a daily basis from Meteosat second generation observations. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 46, 3841–3856 (2008).

41. Carrer, D. et al. Land Surface Albedo and Down-Welling Short-Wave Radiation Retrievals using High Frequency Observations from MSG Geostationary Satellite. in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2008. IGARSS 2008. IEEE International 5, V–487 (IEEE, 2008).

42. Bergot, T. et al. Paris-Fog: des chercheurs dans le brouillard. (2008).

43. Albergel, C. et al. An evaluation of ASCAT surface soil moisture products with in-situ observations in southwestern France. Hydrology & Earth System Sciences Discussions 5, (2008).

44. Bergot, T., Carrer, D., Noilhan, J. & Bougeault, P. Improved site-specific numerical prediction of fog and low clouds: A feasibility study. Weather and Forecasting 20, 627–646 (2005).

45. Bergot, T., Carrer, D. & Phulpin, T. Targeted meteorological observations from a network of stratospheric balloons: the ACACIAS project. in European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research 471, 669–672 (2001).

School reports

. D. Carrer, 2003 : “Etude d’un système de prévision numérique locale des faibles visibilités sur Roissy”, note ENM n° 860

. D. Carrer, 2001 : “Etude de faisabilité du pilotage de ballons stratosphériques en vue d’un ciblage des sondages atmosphériques”, note de DEA Océan, Atmosphère, Environnement (Toulouse)

Conferences and Workshops (selected examples)

. Munier, S., Carrer, D., Planque, C., Albergel, C. & Calvet, J.-C. Satellite Leaf Area Index: global scale analysis of the tendencies per vegetation type over the last 17 years. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 19, 5081 (2017).

. Montes, C. et al. VIS and NIR land surface albedo sensitivity of the Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model to forcing leaf area index. in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (2016).

. Ferlicoq, M. et al. A comparative analysis to quantify the biogeochemical and biogeophysical cooling effects on climate of a white mustard cover crop. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 19, 19438 (2017).

. Laanaia, N., Calvet, J.-C., Carrer, D. & Séférian, R. Mapping climate change impact on vegetation and the associated uncertainties in the Euro-Mediterranean area. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 18, 4247 (2016).

. Guang, J. et al. Comparison of two methods for aerosol optical depth retrieval over North Africa from MSG/SEVIRI data. in Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2014 IEEE International 335–338 (IEEE, 2014).

. Laanaia, N. & Carrer, D. Response of Agriculture and Forests to Climate Change in France: Assessment of Uncertainties and Trend Analysis. in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (2014).

. Calvet, J.-C., Barbu, A., Carrer, D. & Meurey, C. Cross-validation of satellite products over France through their integration into a land surface model. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 16, (2014).

. Sic, B. et al. Evaluation of the performances of different aerosol physical parameterisations in the chemical transport model MOCAGE. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 15, (2013).

. Joetzjer, E. et al. Can we simulate the Amazonian forest response to persistent drought conditions with the ISBA-Ags land surface model? in AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts (2013).

. Calvet, J.-C., Carrer, D., Roujean, J.-L. & Lafont, S. A canopy radiative transfer scheme with explicit FAPAR for the ISBA-A-gs land surface model: impact on carbon fluxes. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 15, (2013).

. Liu, S. et al. Measurement of daily spectral soil albedo over France from MODIS and MSG: comparison with soil moisture derived from ASCAT observations. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 14, 9268 (2012).

. Lafont, S. et al. 2011 spring drought in France: Evaluation of the SURFEX land surface model. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 14, 9556 (2012).

. Calvet, J. C. et al. Monitoring soil and vegetation fluxes of carbon and water at the global scale: the land carbon core information service of GEOLAND2. in EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 14, 2049 (2012).