IRD research teams in the ‘Department of Internal and Surface Dynamics of Continents’ study the functioning of the Earth’s system via its physical and biogeochemical dynamics, subject to global changes (climatic, economic and demographic). The research 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.
The main themes covered by the department’s research teams are:
The 22nd Conference of the parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change was held in Marrakesh from 7-18 November 2016. After its involvement in COP20 and 21, IRD naturally took part in COP22, putting special focus on Mediterranean issues.Find out more
The international combined laboratory concerned with ‘Management of water resources in rural Tunisia’ was launched in early 2016 with the Tunisian National Institute for Research on Rural Engineering, Water, and Forests (INRGREF).Find out more
These workshops brought together IRD researchers working on ‘mining and quarrying’ and on ‘coastal vulnerabilities’ to support the reinforcement and structuring of those communities.
This expert group review, entrusted to IRD by the French Polynesian government and the French State, was presented in May 2016.Find out more