The LSCE is a laboratory (UMR 1572) related to the Frenche Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ). It is installed at two sites (Saclay and Gif-sur-Yvette). With more than 250 people (150 permanent). The LSCE is also a part of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), which groups several laboratories involved in climate and environment studies. Three research axes can be distinguished :
• natural climate variability at different time scales and interactions between human activity, environnement and climate,
• processes involved in the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases , aerosols interacting with climate,
• geochronology and geomarkers, with several techniques applied to studies of the geosphere and interactions with climate.
The broad diversity of the studies at the LSCE and the large panel of techniques and modelsl make the LSCE a versatile laboratory in climate and environment sciences, with an international credit for the quality of its scientific works, as attested by many publications in the most famous international journals. Involved in more than 20 european projects and about 30 french ANR projects, leader and organizer of many international campaign in various fields such as polar ice, oceanic cruises, on land expeditions.., the LSCE is recognized as being one of the major actors in international research on climate and environment.
The LSCE was associated to the 2007 Nobel Prize.
Former US vice pdt Al Gore and IPCC have received the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, for collection and diffusion of knowledge on climatic changes due to human activity, and for initiating mitigation proposals.
Several researchers from the LSCE have participated as main authors, or as contributors, to the last IPCC report.
last update : 01-27-2010 (106)