Senior climate scientist funded by the program Make Our Planet Great Again

Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (UMR3589 / Météo-France / CNRS)

Member of the regional climate modeling team (MOSCA)
Groupe de Modélisation Grande Échelle et Climat (GMGEC)
Office #078 : Bâtiment Navier (CNRM)

42, avenue Coriolis 31057 Toulouse Cedex 1, France
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Email : philippe (dot) lucas-picher (at) meteo (dot) fr

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Ph. D. in Environmental Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2008

M. Sc. in Atmospheric Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2003

B. Sc. in Physics, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 2000

 Research interests

Regional Climate modelling

Water Cycle

Uncertainties in climate modelling




29. Takhsha, M., O. Nikiéma, P. Lucas-Picher, R. Laprise,
L. Hernández-Díaz, and K. Winger, 2017 : Dynamical downscaling with the
fifth-generation Canadian Regional Climate Model (CRCM5) over the
CORDEX Arctic domain : Effect of large-scale spectral nudging and of
empirical correction of sea-surface temperature, Climate Dynamics,
51, 161–186, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3912-6


28. Chen, J., F. Brissette, P. Lucas-Picher, and D. Caya, 2017 :
Impacts of weighting climate models for hydro-meteorological climate
change studies, Journal of Hydrology, 549, 534–546.

27. Essou, G., F. Brissette, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2017 : Impacts of
combining reanalyses and weather station data on the accuracy of
discharge modeling, Journal of Hydrology, 545,
120–131. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2016.12.021

26. Essou, G., F. Brissette, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2017 : The use of
reanalyses and gridded observations as weather input data for a
hydrological model : comparison of performances of simulated river
flows based on the density of weather stations, Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 18, 497–513. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-16-0088.1

25. Matte, D., R. Laprise, J.M. Thériault, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2017 :
Spatial spin‑up of fine scales in a regional climate model simulation
driven by low‑resolution boundary conditions, Climate Dynamics, 49,
563–574. doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3358-2

24. Lucas-Picher, P., R. Laprise, and K. Winger, 2017 : Evidence of
added value in North American regional climate model simulations using
ever-increasing horizontal resolutions, Climate Dynamics, 48,
2611–2633. doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3227-z


23. Chen, J., B. Gauvin St-Denis, F. Brissette, and P. Lucas-Picher,
2016 : Using natural variability as a baseline to evaluate the
performance of bias correction methods in hydrological climate change
impact studies, Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17,
2155–2174. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0099.1

22. Essou, G., F. Sabarly, P. Lucas-Picher, F. Brissette, and
A. Poulin, 2016 : Can precipitation and temperature from meteorological
reanalyses be used for hydrological modeling ? Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 17, 1929–1950. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0138.1

21. Sabarly, F., G. Essou, P. Lucas-Picher, A. Poulin, and
F. Brissette, 2016 : Use of four reanalysis datasets to assess the
terrestrial branch of the water cycle over Quebec, Canada, Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 17, 1447–1466. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0093.1

20. Chen, J., F. Brissette, P. Lucas-Picher, and D. Caya, 2016 :
Transferability of optimally-selected climate models in the
quantification of climate change impacts on hydrology, Climate
Dynamics, 47, pp. 3359–3372, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3030-x

19. Lucas-Picher, P., J. Cattiaux, A. Bougie, and R. Laprise, 2016 :
How does large-scale nudging in a regional climate model contribute to
improving the simulation of weather regimes and seasonal extremes over
North America ?, Climate Dynamics, 46, 929–948,


18. Chen, J., F. P. Brissette, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2015 : Assessing
the limits of bias-correcting climate model outputs for climate change
impact studies, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 1123–1136,

17. Lucas-Picher, P., P. Riboust, S. Somot, and R. Laprise, 2015 :
Reconstruction of the spring 2011 Richelieu River flood by two
regional climate models and a hydrological model. Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 16, 36–54, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-14-0116.1


16. Tuinenburg, O.A., R.W.A. Hutjes, T. Stacke, A. Wiltshire, and
P. Lucas-Picher, 2014 : Effects of Irrigation in India on the
Atmospheric Water Budget. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 15, 1028–1050,

15. Adalgeirsdottir, G., A. Aschwanden, C. Khroulev, F. Boberg,
R. Mottram, P. Lucas-Picher, and J.H. Christensen, 2014 : Role of model
initialization for projections of 21st-century Greenland ice sheet
mass loss. J. of Glaciology, 60, 782-794, doi:10.3189/2014JoG13J202


14. Kumar, P., A. Wiltshire, C. Mathison, S. Asharaf, B. Ahrens,
P. Lucas-Picher, J.H. Christensen, A. Gobiet, F. Saeed, S. Hagemann,
and D. Jacob, 2013 : Downscaled climate change projections with
uncertainty assessment over India using a high resolution multi-model
approach. Science of the Total Environment, Volumes 468–469,
Supplement, Pages S18–S30, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.01.051

13. Lucas-Picher, P., F. Boberg, J. Christensen, and P. Berg, 2013 :
Dynamical downscaling with reinitializations : a method to generate
fine-scale climate data sets suitable for impact studies. Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 14, 1159–1174, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-063.1

12. Lucas-Picher, P., S. Somot, M. Déqué, B. Decharme, and A. Alias,
2013 : Evaluation of the regional climate model ALADIN to simulate the
climate over North America in the CORDEX framework. Climate Dynamics,
41, 1117-1137, doi:10.1007/s00382-012-1613-8

11. Simonsen, S., L. Stenseng, G. Adalgeirsdottir, R. Fausto,
C. Hvidberg, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2013 : Assessing a multi-layered
dynamic firn-compaction model for Greenland with ASIRAS radar
measurements. Journal of Glaciology, 59 (215), 545-558,


10. Laprise, R., D. Kornic, M. Rapaić, L. Separovic, M. Leduc,
O. Nikiema, A. Di Luca, E. Diaconescu, A. Alexandru, P. Lucas-Picher,
R. de Elía, D. Caya and S. Biner, 2012 : Considerations of domain size
and large-scale driving for nested regional climate models : impact on
internal variability and ability at developing small-scale
details. Climate Change, Part 4, 181-199,

9. Lucas-Picher, P., M. Wulff-Nielsen, J. H. Christensen,
G. Aðalgeirsdóttir, R. Mottram, and S. B. Simonsen, 2012 : Very high
resolution regional climate model simulations over Greenland :
Identifying added value. J. Geophys. Res., 117, D02108,

8. Rae, J.G.L, G. Adalgeirsdottir, T.L. Edwards, X. Fettweis,
J.M. Gregory, H.H. Hewitt, J.A. Lowe, P. Lucas-Picher, R.H. Mottram,
A.J. Payne, J.K. Ridley, S.R. Shannon, W.J. van de Berg, R.S.W. van de
Wal, and M.R. van den Broeke, 2012 : Greenland ice sheet surface mass
balance : evaluating simulations and making projections with regional
climate models. The Cryosphere, 6, 1275-1294,


7. Lucas-Picher, P., J.H. Christensen, F. Saeed, P. Kumar, S. Asharaf,
B. Ahrens, A. Wiltshire, S. Hagemann, and D. Jacob, 2011 : Can regional
climate models represent the Indian monsoon ? Journal of
Hydrometeorology, 12, 849–868. doi:10.1175/2011JHM1327.1

6. Sørensen L.S., S.B. Simonsen, K. Nielsen, P. Lucas-Picher,
G. Spada, G. Adalgeirsdottir, R. Forsberg, and C.S. Hvidberg, 2011 :
Mass balance of the Greenland ice sheet (2003–2008) from ICESat data –
the impact of interpolation, sampling and firn density. The
Cryosphere, 5, 173-186, doi:10.5194/tc-5-173-2011


5. Christensen, J. H., F. Boberg, O. B. Christensen, and
P. Lucas-Picher, 2008 : On the need for bias correction of regional
climate change projections of temperature and
precipitation. Geo. Res. Lett., 35, L20709,

4. Laprise, R., R de Elía, D. Caya, S. Biner, P. Lucas-Picher,
E. Diaconescu, M. Leduc, A. Alexandru, and L. Separovic, 2008 :
Challenging some tenets of Regional Climate
Modelling. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., 100, 3–22,

3. Lucas-Picher, P., D. Caya, S. Biner, and R. Laprise, 2008 :
Quantification of the lateral boundary forcing of a regional climate
model using an ageing tracer. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4980-4996,

2. Lucas-Picher, P., D. Caya, R. de Elía, and R. Laprise, 2008 :
Investigation of regional climate models’ internal variability with a
ten-member ensemble of ten years over a large domain. Climate
Dynamics, 31, 927-940, doi:10.1007/s00382-008-0384-8


1. Lucas-Picher, P., V.K. Arora, D. Caya, and R. Laprise, 2003 :
Implementation of a large-scale variable velocity flow routing
algorithm in the Canadian Regional Climate Model
(CRCM). Atmosphère-Ocean, 41, 139-153, doi:10.3137/ao.410203

M. Sc. and Ph. D. theses

Lucas-Picher, P., 2008 : La caractérisation de la variabilité interne
des modèles régionaux de climat. Ph.D. Thesis in Environmental
Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, 129 p. (Link)

Lucas-Picher, P., 2003 : Implémentation d’un schéma de routage de
rivière dans le Modèle Régional Canadien du Climat. M.Sc. Thesis in
Atmospheric Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, 71 p. (Link)

Papers without peer review

Rae, J., G. Aðalgeirsdóttir, T. Edwards, X. Fettweis, J. Gregory,
H. Hewitt, J. Lowe, P. Lucas-Picher, R. Mottram, T. Payne, J. Ridley,
S. Shannon, W. Jan van de Berg, R. van de Wal and M. van den Broeke,
2011 : Twenty-first century climate change in Greenland : A comparative
analysis of three Regional Climate Models. Hadley Centre Technical
Note 89, November 2011, 41 p.

MacKellar, N., J.H. Christensen, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2010 : An
introduction for researchers and decision makers, Climate Change and
Development : Adapting by Reducing Vulnerability (CCDARE), Workshop on
climate modelling and uncertainties, 10-14 May, 2010, Niamey, Niger,
UNDP, UNEP Risø Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development
(URC) and UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment (UDC), 24 p.

Aðalgeirsdóttir, G., M. Stendel, J.H. Christensen, J. Cappelen,
F. Vejen, H.A. Kjær, R. Mottram, and P. Lucas-Picher, 2009 : Assessment
of the temperature, precipitation and snow in the RCM HIRHAM4 at 25 km
resolution. Danish Climate Centre Report 09-08.

Berg, P., and P. Lucas-Picher, 2008 : Implementation of spectral
nudging in the HIRHAM5 Regional Climate Model. Danish Climate Centre
Report 08-08.

Lucas-Picher, P., 2006 : Revue des principales méthodes quantitatives
d’analyse du climat. Rapport de synthèse environnementale pour le
doctorat en Sciences de l’environnement, 46 p.

Lucas-Picher, P., D. Caya, and S. Biner, 2006 : Relation between RCM’s
internal variability and residency time of the atmospheric parcels
into the limited area domain. Research activities in Atmospheric and
Oceanic Modelling, WMO/TD, edited by J. Côté, April 2006.

Lucas-Picher, P., D. Caya, and S. Biner, 2004 : RCM’s internal
variability as function of domain size. Research activities in
Atmospheric and Oceanic Modelling, WMO/TD, edited by J. Côté, April
2004, 7.25-7.26.

Lucas-Picher, P., V. Arora, D. Caya, and R. Laprise, 2002 :
Incorporating river routing in the Canadian Regional Climate
Model. Research activities in Atmospheric and Oceanic Modelling,
edited by H. Ritchie, WMO/TD - No 1105, Report No. 32 :

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