The bank for a changing world

8 international research projects about climate change

Between 2017 and 2019, the BNP Paribas Foundation has endowed its Climate & Biodiversity Initiative with six million euros and funded eight international research projects.  

Key figures

8

projects

178

researchers

73

universities

Sentinels of the sea ice (SENSEI)

Measuring the impact of global warming on seabirds and marine mammal that inhabit the Arctic and Antarctic regions or rely on them for their reproduction.

Project led by Christophe Barbraud and Yan Ropert-Coudert, CNRS at Centre d’études biologiques de Chizé (CNRS/Université la Rochelle).

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TROPICOL

Collecting unprecedented data on tropical climates over the past 800,000 years to better define regional climate changes and understand how the tropical forest has reacted to them.

Project led by Marie-Pierre Ledru (Institut des sciences de l’évolution de Montpellier (UM/CNRS/IRD/EPHE)).

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BEYOND CLIMATE : SOIL CO2 SEQUESTRATION TO SUSTAIN FAMILY FARMING IN THE TROPICS 

SoCa

Better understanding the mechanisms of soil carbon sequestration in tropical agricultural systems and further improving practices in family-based agriculture.

Project led by Lydie Lardy (UMR Eco&Sols - Montpellier SupAgro/CIRAD/INRA/IRD).

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THEMES: The Mystery of the Expanding tropics

Better understanding the interaction between climate warming and the Hadley cell (a large-scale atmospheric movement that redistributes heat from the equator to the tropics), which is expanding the subtropical dry zones in the Southern hemisphere.   

Project led by Valérie Daux (Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l’environnement (LSCE - CNRS/CEA/UVSQ)).

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REEF Services

Measuring and predicting the consequences of global warming on the coral reefs and the services they provide (fishing, tourism, coastal protection).

Project led by Valeriano Parravicini (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes).

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East Antarctic International Ice Sheet Traverse (EAIIST)

Collecting unprecedented data to model the evolution of East Antarctica, a region still largely unexplored, and its possible consequences on ocean level rise. 

Project led by Barbara Stenni (Univerista CA’ FOSCARI VENEZIA), Joël Savarino (LGGE (CNRS/ Université Grenoble Alpes)), Detlev Helmig (University of Colorado), Tas van Ommen (Australian Antarctic Division).

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Joint Attribution of Biopysical and Economic Impacts of Hydroclimatic Extremes 

Modelling extreme climate change events in Africa and their effects to help populations reduce their exposure to these phenomena.

Project led by Mark New (University of Cape Town) and Friederike Otto (University of Oxford).

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RE-IMAGINING ANTICIPATORY CLIMATE GOVERNANCE IN THE WORLD'S VULNERABLE REGIONS

Reimagine 

More closely accounting for IPCC projections and their impact on economic, political and socio-cultural aspects of governance models in the countries most vulnerable to climate change. 

Project led by Joost Vervoort (Utrecht University)

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Projects funded from 2013 to 2016 

APT: Acceleration Of Permafrost Thaw By Snow-Vegetation Interactions

PREVENTING THE MASSIVE RELEASE OF CO2 FROM THE PERMAFROST 

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SOCLIM: Southern Ocean and Climate

KNOWING THE SOUTHERN OCEAN BETTER TO PROTECT IT

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CPATEMP: Continental Past Temperatures since the Last Glacial Cycle and Recently Developed Organic Biomarkers

LEARNING FROM THE PAST TO IMPROVE CLIMATE CHANGE FORECASTING 

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INVACOST: Invasive Insects and their Cost Following Climate Change

PREVENTING A MASSIVE INSECT INVASION

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FATES: Fast Climate Changes, New Tools to Understand and Simulate the Evolution of the Earth System

STUDYING GLOBAL WARMING OVER THOUSANDS OF YEARS

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Projects funded from 2010 to 2013  

  • AAA - Access to the climate archives at Fontainebleau.
  • eFOCE - Long-term effects of ocean acidification and experiments in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • PRECLIDE - Climate forecast for the next 30 years.
  • Subglacior - Retracing climate history through an innovative ice core drilling process in the Antarctic.

Big Data & Climate

We support the online publishing of the Global Carbon Atlas

Funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation has enabled the Global Carbon Project’s teams to put a working platform online and pool data for researchers worldwide focusing on the carbon cycle. 

The Global Carbon Atlas is also a website where the general public can obtain, view and interpret the latest data on the global carbon cycle.

Global Carbon Atlas

www.globalcarbonatlas.org

Scientists and research laboratories worldwide created this project, an online application that publishes all CO2 emission data every year.

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