Elisabeth Blanc is Research Director at the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies Commission) in France, where she has worked since 1978.
She is also head of the Atmospheric dynamics Research Infrastructure in Europe (ARISE)
Project, which collaborates with European scientists to design a large infrastructure that can
better understand the Earth’s atmosphere. ARISE aims at establishing a unique atmospheric research and data platform in Europe, combining observations (infrasound, lidar, radars, satellites and other complementary observations) with theoretical and modelling studies, to elucidate the dynamics of the middle and upper atmosphere.
Dr Blanc has coordinated international research projects including infrasound measurements to characterize chemical explosions (few kt) in the USA in collaboration with (Los Alamos National Laboratory), equatorial ionospheric using instabilities radar sounding and camera observations of lightning and sprites on board the International Space Station in preparation to the microsatellite TARANIS.
Between 1994 and 1996, Dr Blanc was a member of the infrasound expert group mandated to define the CTBT’s International Monitoring System.
Her areas of expertise include the study of natural and man-made disturbances using infrasound and electromagnetic measurements and the effects of powerful atmospheric explosions.