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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation.
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The CEA publishes various scientific and technical periodicals and videos. Through them, you can discover the CEA’s major research topics and the latest technological innovations produced by its laboratories.
The CEA’s research focuses on past and future climate changes from the viewpoint of a few decades to geological time scales, their relationships with the carbon cycle, their impact on the environment and their links with the living world (man, ecosystems). On a smaller time scale (0-20 years), the purpose of the research is to gain a detailed understanding of current climate changes associated with human activity (greenhouse gas emissions) and their local effects, in particular with regard to extreme phenomena. The CEA is also studying earthquakes and tsunamis.
The purpose of the CEA’s research on climate is to improve our fundamental knowledge of how the climate worked in the past, how it works now and how it will work in the future; to study the interactions and changes of the various mechanisms involved and to develop numerical models to predict future climate changes and their consequences.
The CEA is trying to gain a better understanding of the impact of human activity on the future climate by studying climate mechanisms. This work is being carried out in collaboration with other French and international organisations (CNRS, universities, etc.).
The CEA is a specialist in the detection of all natural seismic events and those caused by human activity. It can locate them quickly, calculate their magnitude and alert the public authorities. Its activities are not limited to detection, but also include studies of seismic hazards for given geographical areas. The CEA is also involved in tsunami alerts.
Learn about the main european bodies and infrastructures to which the CEA contributes in the field of the climate and the environment.
The CEA’s research on the climate is carried out at the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences (LSCE) operated jointly by CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, based at the Paris-Saclay campus.
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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.