Centres d'excellences

LabEx Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL): Understand climate and anticipate future changes


Laboratoires d'excellence (LABX)

General informations

Reference Number: 10-LABX-0018
Coordinator Establishment: Sorbonne Université
Project Region: Île-de-France
Discipline: 3 - STUE

Help of the ANR 6,500,000 euros
Investment covering the period of April 2011 to August 2019

Submission summary

In 2016 L-IPSL has achieved major steps in developing a number of research, innovation and training actions.

 Research Axis : after a mid-term phase giving rise to 16 projects on climate change issues, leading to now 73 publications, four new major research projects have started in 2015-2016. This has allowed a new strategy for 2016-2019, based upon tools and knowledge developed along previous years. Research has focused on a few of the most difficult challenges in climate science: understanding high-amplitude variability in past climate, understanding climate evolution of the 20th century, understanding emergence of impacts in current and future climate, and challenges in climate modelling.


The L-IPSL has pushed further its activities on training and education in 2016. Major achievements include the organization of a week of field-work for undergraduate students, the production of e-learning contents (MOOC, teaching kits, e-python practical works), the support to emblematic communication actions such as les messagers du climat, the realisation of a professional training session, and the improvements of the orientation platform on climate masters in Ile de France.

Innovation and Transfer of expertise:

In the innovative instrumentation area, a new version of the water vapor Raman channel is now developed  et tested. A first market research has been performed by the SATT Paris-Saclay.

The L-IPSL also has achieved major steps in the development of climate services. L-IPSL has brought a significant contribution to the national endeavor on climate services “DRIAS”. Three projects are currently involving transfer of models or knowledge to three SMEs. The L-IPSL has contracted with a developing start-up for the transfer of climate projection data sets. L-IPSL has impulse several projects now funded by the Copernicus Climate Change Service European programme. The revisit of the unique SIRTA atmospheric observation data base was undertaken.

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

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