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Living Earth and Environment

Research in these UPMC laboratories is multidisciplinary, ranging from the physics and chemistry of the solid Earth, atmosphere and oceanography to ecology, biodiversity and biology of natural species. In addition to the Paris Campus laboratories, UPMC also maintains three marine stations on the coasts of France, all exceptional observatories of our oceans.


There are three main domains: Solid Earth, from (bio-) mineralogy to earth dynamics and resources; Climate, from small-scale processes to long-term climate and paleoclimate; and Ecology, from species evolution to ecosystem services. Major challenges for the next years are to develop transversal axes to address global change issues.

A Future Market

This multidisciplinary approach enables the construction of a scientific basis for environmental engineering of sustainable systems, which is both a new science and an emerging new market. Of UPMC‘s four divisions, Living Earth and Environment favors the most synergy between the disciplines represented within its scope, but this interdisciplinary approach also means creating interfaces with the other three divisions. Environmental and sustainable development research involves modeling and engineering (the Modeling and Engineering Division) and eco-designed materials and soft chemistry (the Energy, Matter and the Universe Division). This research also interacts with biology, adaptation, evolution and health (the Life and Health Division).

Three Marine Stations

The Centre for Marine Science (MSC) is a federative structure to coordinate and promote joint activities in the field of marine science. The center plays a leading role within the national and European observation and monitoring of the marine environment. With stations at Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roscoff and Villefranche-sur-Mer, UPMC‘s network of marine stations is unique in the world. It has played a major role in the emergence of marine biology and oceanography in Europe since 1872, and today brings together the full range of marine sciences.

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Paris Covered in Smog

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, the air quality monitoring organization Airparif announced the longest and most intense peak of winter pollution in the Paris region in more than 10 years. What is this pollution? How does it form? Sébastien Payan, professor-researcher in Atmospheres, Environments and ...