The IRD research teams in the Department of Internal and Surface Dynamics of Continents (DISCO) study the functioning of the Earth’s system via its physical and biogeochemical dynamics, subject to global changes (climatic, economic and demographic) which can take situations beyond tipping points. The DISCO department’s work focuses on two main seminal areas: observation and modelling of the continents’ physical environments, and the interactions between changes to the physical environments and socio-economic dynamics. The scientific goals are the understanding of global changes and above all climate change, the quantification of hazards, risk mitigation for populations, and the prospects for new resources.
Les objectifs scientifiques sont la compréhension des changements globaux, et en premier lieu du changement climatique, la quantification des aléas, la réduction des risques pour les populations, et la prospection de nouvelles ressources.
The main themes covered by the department’s research teams are:
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7th international meeting of the HYBAM Amazonian rivers Observatory.Find out more
AFD – IRD conference debate, “how to integrate climate services into the French development agenda”.Find out more
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