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Press release | Focus | Event | Climate | Fundamental Research
The Infrastructure for Climate and Environmental Sciences (ICE) is designed to bring together, on a single site, the staff and scientific instrumentation from the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE, a joint research unit of CEA, CNRS and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines). The building has received funding from the State, in particular through the Investing in the Future Program, as well as from the Île-de-France Region and the Essonne department. It was inaugurated on 19 November 2019 in the presence of government representatives, local and regional elected representatives and the heads of the research organizations that govern the LSCE.
The LSCE brings together teams on the subject of the environment and climate change, natural variations in the climate and those induced by human activities, and its link with the carbon cycle and the evolution of CO2. This research contributes to addressing the major challenge of diagnosing and adapting to climate change, both to inform society's knowledge of climate phenomena and to provide factual and accurate scientific information to citizens and political and economic stakeholders.
The laboratory's activities are organized into three major topics:
1. Archives and Tracers: natural variability or human impact?
2. Biogeochemical Cycles and Transfers to the Environment
3. Climate and Cycles – Modeling their variability and interactions
Already strongly involved in the international work of the IPCC (2), the LSCE coordinates many international projects on climate modeling and reconstruction, climate projections, environmental change and the interactions between the climate, the carbon cycle and ecosystems. Within the Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL), the LSCE manages the European research infrastructure project ICOS (3), a greenhouse gas monitoring network, the European project Clim4energy (4) for the development of climate services, in synergy with the French National Space Agency (CNES) for space projects and in cooperation with industries, major groups and SMEs.
The ICE Center brings together most of the teams from the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE, CEA/CNRS/UVSQ). The over 25,000-m2 infrastructure, designed by the architectural firm Celnikier & Grabli, accommodates 300 people and their equipment of the highest international standard dedicated to climate and environmental sciences.
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(1) Orme des Merisiers, CEA Paris-Saclay
(2) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is tasked with assessing international scientific, technical and socio-economic data on climate change as accurately and comprehensively as possible.
(3) The Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS) network is a group of stations used to measure greenhouse gas concentrations and flows in Europe and adjoining regions. It operates on three levels: atmosphere, ecosystems and oceans. Its objective is to better understand greenhouse gas emission and transport processes in order to improve how they are represented in climate models.
(4) Clim4Energy: the European project Clim4Energy, a service demonstrator of the European program Copernicus Climate Change Service, provides targeted climate data on issues in the energy sector. This public data is made available to industries and decision-makers to help them to define their investment and operating strategies.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.