The Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) is a federation of research laboratories devoted to study the climate system and the global environment. Since 1995, the IPSL Climate Modelling Centre (IPSL-CMC) develops and uses climate models in order to improve our understanding and knowledge of the climate system, its current characteristics and its past and future changes.
Many aspects of the climate system are studied at IPSL and IPSL-CMC is one of the few climate modelling centres worldwide that develop most aspects of its Earth System Model (ESM). Such a model represent the different components of the climate system and their interactions. The IPSL Earth System Model comprises of the LMDZ model for the atmosphere, the INCA and REPROBUS models for atmospheric composition, the NEMO model for the ocean, the LIM-3 model for the sea-ice, the ORCHIDEE model for terrestrial surfaces, and PISCES for the marine biosphere.
Sylvie Joussaume has received a « star of Europe » award from the French Ministry of Research for her coordination of the IS-ENES2 European project. The project entitled « Infrastructure for the European Network of Earth System Modelling » is key for our climate modelling activities. The whole story is available here (in French).
Dr Martin Vancoppenolle from the IPSL Climate Modelling Centre has been awarded the WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2017. The details of the award can be found here
The IPSL-CMC data team has received the R1D100 award for their participation to the Earth System Grid Federation ESGF project. ESGF is a collaborative peer-to-peer enterprise system that develops, deploys and maintains software infrastructure for the management, dissemination, and analysis of model and observational datasets, including the forthcoming CMIP6 data.