• Chemistry - Materials
  • Complex systems and software engineering
  • Energy, Ecology, Environment
  • Social - Societal - Solidarity Innovation

Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)

Research unit


IPSL is a research institute in the environment sciences field. The institute gathers 9 laboratories located in the Ile-de-France region: CEREA, GEOPS, LATMOS, a LERMA team, LISA, LMD, LSCE and METIS. They share the common aim to understand the dynamical, chemical, biological processes of the oceans and atmosphere, the natural climate variability and his past and future evolution, the impact of human activities on the ozone layer or the planetary environments of Solar System objects.
The research activities of these laboratories are coordinated within 2 main units:
- the Climate Modelling Center (https://cmc.ipsl.fr/)
- the Earth observation unit.
The service ESPRI has specifically been created to manage the data collected, and make them easier to access, analyse and store.


  • Mr Robert VAUTARD

Innovation themes

Map and access

11, boulevard d'Alembert
Quartier des Garennes

Our research areas


Earth climate system:
- atmospheric dynamics and composition
- ocean study, sea biogeochemistry
- cryosphere, continental surfaces
- Earth's energy budget, water and carbon cycles

Variability and climate change:
- past and future climate
- climate phenomena, extreme events
- climate regionalization, modeling, meteorology

Atmospheric chemistry and air quality:
- tropospheric chemistry
- computer modeling
- stratospheric ozone

Environment and society:
- climate, environment and health
- climate, farming, biodiversity and fishering resources
- economy, pollution, water resources

Solar Sytem:
- heliosphere
- solar wind and interactions with atmospheres
- planetary atmospheres and surface interactions
- comets, exobiology

Applications sectors

  • Fishing / Aquaculture
  • Other business
  • Energy
  • Agriculture
  • Education / Training
  • Science / Research

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 30
Number of researchers : 10

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

Academics and industry:
- SIRTA: instrumental site for atmospheric remote sensing research
- QUALAIR: regional site for atmosphere observation and instrumental development
- CESAM: experimental room for multiphase atmospheric simulation
- SNAP-CO2: analysis of CO2 ocean parameters national service
- PAMPRE: study of the production and properties of Titan aerosol analogues


Our results

Valuation offer

- observation services (atmosphere and ocean watch)
- simulation and modeling (atmospheric pollution, climate, etc)
- measurements campaigns (in situ, remote sensing, balloons, airplanes)

- IPSL datacenter
- ETHER: atmospheric chemistry national unit
- GEOMON: european project concerning atmospheric chemistry
- BDAP: planetary atmospheres database
- Mars Climate database

Softwares and computer codes:
- NEMO: Nucleus for European Modeling of the Ocean
- CHIMERE: air quality computer forecasting
- IXION: orbit determination and sampling software
- Titan Database

Projects examples

- AMMA: multidisciplinary analysis of the african monsoon
- CALIPSO: aerosol and cloud study with spatial lidar
- ENSEMBLES: forecasting of climate change and its impacts
- GEOMON: global earth observation and monitoring
- IASI: infrared atmospheric sounding interferometer
- MEGHA-TROPIQUES: water cycle and energy budget of tropical regions
- MissTerre: project to reinforce collaboration of french research actors of climate modeling
- SMOS: continent surface humidity and ocean surface salinity


Establishments of affiliation