Scientific objectives

TESS (Toulouse Graduate School of Earth and Space Science) offers an innovative transdisciplinary Master’s program with content focused on practical experience in acquiring and exploiting data relating to Earth and Earth sciences. space, while placing itself in a context of greater social and economic implications.

Humanity is currently facing the unprecedented challenge of intelligently managing the resources necessary for modern life, while protecting the environment and adapting to global change.

The cornerstone of understanding how the Earth works and its place in the Universe is our ability to observe, collect and interpret data from natural systems over a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. At the operational level, this involves combining measurements from various sources, from space techniques to ground-based networks.

The scientific activities of our research laboratories are at the center of a virtuous circle, contributing at each stage of the process of designing and building observation systems, then collecting and interpreting data: design of observation systems (individual or sets of instruments) capable of measuring a physical or chemical parameter of interest; deployment of this recovered data observation and recovery system, then used to construct or refine high-level data products such as complex models of the physical and / or chemical evolution of the system of interest.

However, there is also growing awareness of the need to coordinate the “earth and space science” community with those working on the social and economic effects of climate change. To meet the current challenges, it is necessary to go beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries not only the physical, mathematical and natural sciences.

Major scientific activities linked to the study program

The aim of the TESS programme is to open up these themes to young people who want to get involved at the highest level in these research activities. A dedicated training programme is offered to them at Master and Doctorate level with a strong instrumental and experimental component, using the most efficient tools available today. They will be supported to build their international scientific network thanks to the numerous partnerships in place within TESS.

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