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Amaury Dehecq

Research scientist at IGE, Grenoble, France, and employed by IRD, working on remote sensing of glacier changes.

I am a research scientist working on mountain glacier changes from satellite observations. I study the response of glaciers to climate change over the last 50 years using a combination of satellite images (optical and radar), airborne and terrestrial images. Areas of interest include: High-Mountain Asia, Andes, European Alps, Arctic.

I am based at the Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE) in Grenoble, France, and employed by the French Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) since 2021. My current project aims at estimating the glaciers contribution to sea level rise since the 1970s using historical satellite imagery. I am also studying the dynamics response of glaciers to these changes using surface ice flow velocities derived from feature-tracking of repeat imagery. Check out for example the ITS LIVE project!

I am a core developer of GeoUtils and xDEM, two Python packages for analyzing georeferenced data and digital elevation models in Python. Take a look at the software page for more details.

Contact information

Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement (IGE)
54, rue Molière
38400 Saint Martin d’Hères

Email: amaury.dehecq at

Previous affiliations

  • 2019-2020: Postdoctoral researcher, VAW, ETH Zürich, CH (D. Farinotti)
  • 2016-2019: Postdoctoral researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/CalTech, Pasadena, CA, USA (A. Gardner)
  • 2016: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Edinburgh, UK (N. Gourmelen)
  • 2012-2015: PhD student, Université Savoie Mont-Blanc, Annecy, France (N. Gourmelen, E. Trouvé)