Our laboratories

The TESS programme focuses on four main scientific challenges:

Monitoring and understanding the Earth

Exploring our place in the Universe

Addressing challenges of natural resources and the environment

Forecasting and predicting future behaviour

Researchers at the 12 member laboratoires are committed to training both master’s and doctoral students of the TESS programme to address these questions.

Scientific research at the Laboratoire d’Aérologie aimes to observe, model and understand the dynamic and chemicophysical processes that govern the evolution of the atmosphere and coastal ocean.

The Centre de Formation et de Recherche sur les environnements méditerranéens focuses on the coastal environment, shedding light on socio-economic problems related to its use.

The Institut de Mécanique des Fluides de Toulouse is one of the most prominent research and advanced training centres in France, and perhaps even Europe, in the field of fluid mechanics. It is notable not only for its size, but also for the wide range of research topics and applications covered.

The Centre d’Études Spatiales de la Biosphère contributes to the advancement of knowledge regarding the functioning of continental surfaces and their interactions with climate and Man, relying largely on satellite data.

The Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace is the world leader in higher education in the field of aerospace engineering. ISAE-SUPAERO is a centre for training by means of research and training for research and innovation whose aim is to lead research activities, finding a balance between scientific excellence, academic visibility and proximity to industrial purposes.

The scientific fields of research and teaching at the Laboratoire d’Études en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales include oceanography and the water cycle in its broadest sense: physics of oceanic, hydrological, cryospheric and atmospheric components, including coastal and climatic aspects, as well as marine biogeochemistry and geochemistry.

Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Météorologique focuses on weather forecasting and climate change based on the synergy and mutual enrichment between research and operational applications. The CNRM also carries out research allowing Météo-France to respond to major challenges related to aeronautics, defense, security of property and people…

The research strategy at the Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée en Calcul Scientifique / Climat, Environnement, Couplages et Incertitudes is based on two research areas and three cross-cutting topics: Climate variability and change; Aviation and environment; Coupling; Data assimilation.

Research carried out by the Laboratoire d’Écologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement covers various aspects related to the dynamics of biodiversity and ecological and biogeochemical functioning of ecosystems in the context of global change. The research focuses on going beyond the boundaries of levels of biological organisation (from genes to metacommunities), types of ecosystems (terrestrial, freshwater, marine and interfaces between these systems) and Earth’s major biomes.

Teams at the Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie work on studying and understanding the Universe and everything in it: the Earth as a planet, its ionised spatial environment, the sun and its planets, the stars and their planetary systems, the interstellar environment, galaxies, compact objects, the very first stars and the primordial Big Bang. Research is conducted through observation, modeling and theorising, instrumentation and laboratory experiments.

The nine research areas of the Géosciences Environnement Toulouse laboratory contitute a continuum between various disciplines: geology (knowledge of mineral and energy resources, dynamics and history of the Earth’s interior and links with the external envelopes), geophysical and geochemical observation of the Earth, geochemical experimentation and environmental science (study of the critical zone, study of contaminants and associated health risks). Research is conducted by means of analytical equipment, experimentation and measurements in petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry and geophysics.

The Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aéronautiques Toulouse develops and guides research in the aerospace field, designing, carrying out and implementing the means necessary to conduct research. In conjunction with organisations responsible for scientific and technical research, ONERA ensures the dissemination of research results at both national and international levels. It also works to promote research in the aerospace industry and facilitate its application beyond this field.