The bank for a changing world

Under the Climate Initiative, whose purpose is to help finance scientific research into climate change, the BNP Paribas Foundation began providing support this year to five new research projects being carried out by laboratories of international stature. Now, until 7 November you have the opportunity to vote for your favourite project. The project team that garners the most votes will receive an additional grant of €50,000 for the purpose of promoting and highlighting their research work among the general public. Each week, find out more about one project of the Climate Initiative.

SOCLIM: Southern Ocean and Climate

The SOCLIM team are working to collect never-before-available data on the Southern Ocean, a body of water which plays an extremely important role in the climate of our planet due to its geographical location at the centre of the world’s oceans.

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If the SOCLIM team obtain the most votes, what are they planning to do with the extra financial grant?

Bringing science and the general public together

The team are planning a series of initiatives in partnership with the Institut polaire français Paul Emile Victor (IPEV) [Paul Emile Victor French Polar Institute] in order to promote climate science and their research work to the general public, especially to the younger generation. They are planning for example to take a group of students and their teacher on an expedition to the Southern Ocean. Together with a communication expert, the students will help to write the project blog. Journalists will also be involved throughout the project, in order to keep the general public up to date with project progress and scientific advances.

Main laboratories involved: Laboratoire d'Océanographie Microbienne et de Biotechnologies (LOMIC) [Microbial and Biotechnological Oceanography Laboratory], the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV) [Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory], the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD) [Laboratory for Dynamic Meteorology] and the Laboratoire d’océanographie et du climat, observations et approches numériques (LOCEAN) [Laboratory for Oceanography and Climate, Experimentation and Digital Approaches], with support from the Technical Division of the Institut national des sciences de l’Univers (CNRS-INSU) [French National Institute for Sciences of the Universe] and the Institut polaire français Paul Emile Victor (IPEV) [Paul Emile Victor French Polar Institute]