André Chanzy
Chargé de recherches
INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)
Laboratoire de Science du Sol
84914 Avignon Cédex
Tel : (33) 4 90 31 61 29
Fax : (33) 4 90 31 62 44
E-mail :

André Chanzy received the B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics of the environment from the "Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon" Paris, France in 1985 and 1991, respectively.

Since 1986, he has been with the INRA/Soil Science group at Avignon, France. His main field of research is the application of microwave remote sensing (active and passive) associated to thermal infra-red and in situ observation to infer hydrological fluxes. From 1991 to 1995 he was principal investigator in four experiments based on the use of microwave radiometry (PORTOS 91-93-95 in the Avignon remote sensing test site and Hapex Sahel 1992). His research focussed on the soil moisture estimation on bare soil and soil covered by sparse vegetation, the roughness influence on the microwave emission and the estimation of the effective temperature. He has also an expertise in soil heat and water fluxes modeling as well as in soil moisture and surface fluxes field measurements

Chanzy, A. and L. Bruckler L., 1993. Significance of soil surface moisture with respect to daily bare soil evaporation, Water Resour. Res., 29 : 1113-1125.

Suresh Raju, Chanzy A., Wigneron J.P.; Calvet J.C., Laguerre L. and Kerr, Y., 1995, Soil moisture and temperature near surface profile effects on soil microwave emission, Remote Sensing of Environ., 54: 85-97

Chanzy, A., Suresh Raju and Wigneron, J.-P., 1997, Estimation of soil microwave effective temperature at L and C bands, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 35 : 570-580.

Chanzy A., Schmugge T, Calvet J.-C., Kerr Y., Van Oevelen, P., Grosjean, O. and Wang J.R., 1997, Surface observations fro airborne microwave radiometers in HAPEX-Sahel, J. Hydrology, 188-189: 285-309.

Chanzy, A., Chadoeuf, J.Gaudu, J.C., Mohrath, D., Richard, G., and Bruckler, L., 1998, Monitoring soil moisture at field scale using automatic capacitance probes, European Journal of soil Science, 49, (to be published)

Role in the SMOS mission:

André Chanzy will be involved in the SMOS project on the following aspects :