Dr HDR Athena Coustenis
Observatoire de Meudon 5, place Jules Janssen 92195 Meudon Cedex France
Athena Coustenis is Director of Research 1st class with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) of France, working at Paris Observatory in Meudon.
Affiliation: Paris Observatory, PSL, CNRS, Sorbonne Université, U. Paris-Diderot
Her specialty is Planetology (exploration and study of the Solar System from ground-based and space observations).
She is currently the Chair of the European Science Foundation Space Science Committee (ESF-ESSC).
Athena Coustenis is an Astrophysicist with a specialty in space exploration. She works in the field of Planetology. Her research is devoted to the investigation of planetary atmospheres and surfaces, with emphasis on the outer solar system bodies, in particular icy moons like Titan and Enceladus, Saturn’s satellites, and Jupiter’s Ganymede and Europa, objects with high astrobiological potential. She also works on the characterisation of exoplanetary atmospheres. She has led many observational campaigns from the ground using large telescopes (CFHT, UKIRT, VLT, etc) and has used the Infrared Space Observatory (ISO) to conduct planetary investigations.
A. Coustenis contributes to the definition and development of space missions and to the exploitation of the acquired data. She is Co-Investigator or associated with mainly four of the instruments (CIRS, HASI, DISR, VIMS) aboard the Cassini-Huygens space mission to Saturn and Titan, in which she was involved from the beginning of the definition phase.
She analyses and interprets the spectro-imaging data recovered since 2004 using radiative transfer codes and other analysis tools. She has contributed in or led several other proposals, studies and development phases for space missions to the outer solar system and the exoplanets. Her expertise in space missions has allowed her to Chair or to participate in several advisory groups within ESA and NASA and other European Institutions.
She has written more than 230 scientific papers (H=42), with about 130 in peer-reviewed journals. She has first-authored 3 books and several chapters of Encyclopedias, participated in many E/PO activities. She has delivered more than 600 science lectures (more than 150 invited). In Oct. 2011 Ranked 9th in the Thomson-Reuters decadal survey by citations number and 13th by citations per article among those concerning the “planetary exploration” theme: archive.sciencewatch.com/ana/st/planet/11octPlanetCous/
For the full list of publications and communications see:
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