As one of the leading scientists in the joint French/American satellite altimetry missions TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, she has contributed to a greater understanding of sea level rise caused by global warming. Cazenave is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and was the lead author of the sea level sections for their fourth and fifth Assessment Reports.

Honors and Awards : 

  • Member of the French Academy of Sciences (2004)
  • Foreign member of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) (2008), Indian National Science Academy (INSA; 2011) and Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium (2014). 
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (1996) and American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS; 2012). 
  • Several prizes, including the Vening-Meinesz Medal of the European Geophysical Society (1999); Arthur Homes Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2005); Prize Manley Bendall, Medal ‘Albert 1er de Monaco’ (2008); Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union (2012); Prize ‘Georges Lemaître’ of the Catholic University of Louvain (2015); BBVA ‘Frontiers of Knowledge’ Award, category ‘Climate Change’, shared with John Church anf Jonathan Gregory (2019); Vetlesen Prize, Columbia University (2020).