Projects funded from 2022 to 2025

In 2022, the BNP Paribas Foundation allocated €6 million to its Climate & Biodiversity Initiative programme in order to finance eight new international research projects.

COAST-VOC: The influence of coastal ecosystems on climate

Coastal ecosystems, which play a vital role for climate, emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The challenge for the research effort is to know whether, once in the atmosphere, they will aggregate into particles which can eventually form clouds and so have a cooling effect on our climate.

Project led by the University of Helsinki (Finland).

DEEPLIFE: Marine animal forests

Deeplife is part of the “Under the pole-deeplife-2021-2030” programme. The project aims to map all marine animal forests, from polar areas to the tropics. The goal is to understand the requisite minimum densities and structures of each animal forest, in order not only to protect the species, but also their function”.

Project led by the Sorbonne University (Paris, France).

FLO CHAR: From land to sea, the impact of global warming in the Arctic

The project aims to investigate the effects of changing land-ocean carbon fluxes and organic matter outflows on coastal ecosystems and biodiversity in the Beaufort Sea.

Project led by the Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany).

Fruit Rescue: How will fruit trees resist climate change?

The project aims to assess the adaptability to climate change of European fruit trees, in temperate (apple, apricot, peach) and Mediterranean (olive, grapevines) regions. Which wild or cultivated populations, or even which varieties, will risk disappearing or, on the contrary, will be able to survive locally or in other regions?

Project led by the National Centre for Scientific Research or CNRS (France).

Future Fear: Climate change, prey and their predators in the African savanna

Analyse the behaviours of zebras, wildebeests, and their predators, lions and hyenas, in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (South Africa). The project is investigating how rising temperatures, changing wind patterns and grassland cover influence these behaviours.
Project led by the National Centre for Scientific Research or CNRS (France).

Phytoplankton: Will phytoplankton adapt to climate change?

Analyse the DNA of diatoms, microalgae which represent the largest group of phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean, then project the evolution of phytoplankton over the next hundred years. This will provide a better understanding of the impact on the carbon cycle, on atmospheric CO2 and therefore on the global climate, but also on the food chain.

Project led by the National Centre for Scientific Research or CNRS (France).

Natural Forestore: Carbon sequestration and storage in Thai rainforests

Perform DNA sequencing of soil bacteria and fungi that participate in carbon recycling. Assess forest biomass. Offer inhabitants the possibility of knowing the carbon capital of their forest and so promote it within the framework of the carbon market. Three essential areas to inform the general public about the major role of soil microorganisms, the importance of preserving forests, and the benefits they can derive from it.
Project led by the IRD public research organisation (France).

Refuge-Arctic: study one of the last seas where the ice never melts

Launch an expedition with the widest range of scientists to best characterise this exceptional environment. Investigate past climate-related processes and look to the future.

Project led by the National Centre for Scientific Research or CNRS (France).

Projects funded from 2020 à 2022

BIOCLIMATE: forests and biodiversity in the Amazon. Watch the video

NOTION: ocean and food chain. Discover the project

SABERES: fishing and rising sea levels. Watch the video

LIFE WITHOUT ICE: melting of glaciers. Discover the project

CAMBIO: new forests. Discover the project

MOMMY KNOWS BEST: birds and evolution. Discover the project

CORESCAM: extreme events and ecosystems. Watch the video

TREE BODYGUARDS: trees in the food chain and citizen science. Discover the project

HUM/ANI: health and climate change. Discover the project

Projects funded from 2017 to 2019

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • SoCa - Better understanding the mechanisms of soil carbon sequestration in tropical agricultural systems and further improving practices in family-based agriculture.
  • 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).  
  • REEF Services - Measuring and predicting the consequences of global warming on the coral reefs and the services they provide (fishing, tourism, coastal protection).
  • East Antarctic International Ice Sheet Traverse (EAIIST) - Collecting unprecedented data to model the evolution of East Antarctica.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Projects funded from 2013 to 2016

  • APT - Acceleration Of Permafrost Thaw By Snow-Vegetation Interactions: Preventing the massive release of CO2 from the permafrost.
  • SOCLIM - Southern Ocean and Climate: Knowing the Southern ocean better to protect it.
  • CPATEMP - Continental Past Temperatures since the Last Glacial Cycle and Recently Developed Organic Biomarkers: Learning from the past to improve climate change forecasting.
  • INVACOST - Invasive Insects and their Cost Following Climate Change: Preventing a massive insect invasion.
  • FATES - Fast Climate Changes, New Tools to Understand and Simulate the Evolution of the Earth System: Studying warming over thousands of years.

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.
  • Ice Memory - Retracing climate history through an innovative ice core drilling process in the Antarctic.

Global Carbon Atlas

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

Funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation has enabled the Global Carbon Project’s teams to put a working and data-sharing platform on line for researchers worldwide focusing on the carbon cycle, as well as to update it every year since 2013.


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