Bernard Pinty received his thèse de troisième cycle en Physique de l’Atmosphère and thèse d’Etat from the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1980, and 1988, respectively.
He visited the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, USA, from 1988 to 1990, served as the Deputy Director of the Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches en Télédétection Spatiale (LERTS), Toulouse, France, from 1990 to 1992, and was appointed as Full Professor of physics with the Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France, in 1993.
While being with the Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy, he was seconded in 2011 to the Earth Observation Directorate of the European Space Agency (ESA) at ESRIN, Frascati, Italy. He was then detached to the Copernicus unit in Brussels where he was in charge the scientific aspects of the EC Copernicus Climate Change service and an initiative aiming at the development of a European operational observing capacity to monitor anthropogenic CO2 emissions.
Dr. Pinty is the author or co-author of over 150 in refereed journals. His main interests currently include research on radiation transfer and the development of inverse methods to interpret satellite observations in the solar domain. He was a member of the MERIS Scientific Advisory Group of ESA and is a member of the MISR Science Team of NASA/JPL.
Dr. Pinty was the recipient of the Zel’dovich medal from COSPAR in 1990. In 2002, he was awarded both the “Group Achievement Award” by NASA and the “ENVISAT Medal” by ESA.