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PAGE21 Researcher Profile: Arsène Druel

Arsene Durel during the WP 6-7 meeting in Abisko. (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik)Arsene Durel during the WP 6-7 meeting in Abisko. (Photo: Magdalena Tomasik)This time we have a pleasure to introduce another of PAGE21 modelers, Arsène Druel who works on a land surface model ORCHIDEE as a part of PAGE21 project.
Arsène Druel

Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE - Grenoble) / Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et l'Environnement (LSCE - Paris)
Research Field:
I am a modeler and I study the boreal vegetation in the context of the past and future climate change. I work on a land surface model, ORCHIDEE

How is it affiliated with the PAGE21 project? 
The permafrost is now implemented on ORCHIDEE, but no interaction with vegetation was integrated.
What is the current challenge within this topic?
One of my objectives is to identify the impacts of permafrost on the vegetation and add them in the model. In a second part I want to study the feedback of vegetation on permafrost.

How did it happen that you became a researcher?
I have study biology and ecology at the engineering school at Rennes. After some internships in research laboratory (SYKE in Finland, INRA in Rennes…) and first experiences in labs I choose to start a thesis.

Why do you like being the researcher?
For me, it is a opportunity to participate.
What do you like most in being a researcher?
The research and contact with the research community and the teaching activity.
How a typical working day looks like?
Never far from my computer. But without typical day.
What are your plans for the upcoming three / five years?
For me it is important to continue in the research. So after my PhD, I think postulate for a PostDoc.
Written by Arsene Durel