The objectives of CESBIO are to contribute to the progress in the understanding of the functioning of continental surfaces and their interactions with the climate and man, with an emphasis on the utilization of remotely sensed data. It is imperative to not only develop physical models, but also to be capable to provide scenarios of the evolution of these surfaces and their properties under climatic and anthropic pressures.
CESBIO is organized into two scientific teams , each having a complementary theme which corresponds both to the competence of the laboratory and to pressing issues related to the biosphere.
These teams interact through three large operational projects. These projects permit the development of scientific applications to address the questions posed by the general public, and fosters interactions between the two teams.
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The laboratory also contributes to the development and the promotion of space related tools while participating in the definition, the application and the scientific utilization of space missions.