Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)


CNRS, the French national centre for scientific research, is a public research organisation with service and research units throughout the country. Two different research units of CNRS will be involved in LUC4C, IMBE and LSCE.

The Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale (CNRS-IMBE) is a new Joint Research Unit, with the explicit aim to develop new approaches for science-based integrated management of biodiversity and ecosystems. IMBE is a joint research unit belonging to CNRS and Aix-Marseille University.

The Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et del'Environnement (CNRS-LSCE) is a joint venture of CEA, CNRS and UVSQ and is linked to IPSL (Institut Pierre Simon Laplace). LSCE is a leader in biogeochemical and climate modelling and the assimilation of data on land surface properties. 

Chief skills & contribution to LUC4C

IMBE: Regional and global crop modelling in DGVMs, water cycle modelling, linking biodiversity, ecosystem function and ecosystem services

LSCE: Net climate change effects of land cover change (biophysical), climate change-crop yield interactions, earth observations (inversions of atmospheric CO2 concentrations), model evaluation, quantification of uncertainties

Researchers involved


  • Alberte Bondeau
  • Wolfgang Cramer
  • Marianela Fader



  • Philippe Ciais
  • Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré
  • Wei Li
  • Chao Yue
  • Shushi Peng
  • Devaraju Narayanappa