École nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), created in 1747, is a higher education establishment that trains engineers and PhD students to a high level of scientific, technical and general expertise. The Research Directorate draws up and manages the implementation of the School’s scientific and research policy within 12 laboratories, most of them run in partnership with other academic or economic actors. Four socio-economic challenges have been identified as strategic for research at ENPC:
- City and mobility systems,
- Management of risks, resources, and milieus,
- Industry of the future,
- Economy, practices, and society.
The Centre for Education and Research in Atmospheric Environment (CEREA), was created in 2003 as a joint laboratory between ENPC and EDF R&D. Its research activities are focussed on numerical modelling of air pollution. These activities range from academic research (aerosol modelling, data assimilation and inverse modelling, atmospheric boundary layer) to impact assessment studies (assessment of environmental impact of transport and thermal or nuclear energy production), using modelling/prediction of reactive pollutant transport at regional scale or even modelling at local scale (urban air pollution, indoor air quality).
In WP3 Global Modelling and data assimilation and WP6 Integration, testing, application and initial validation of prototype systems CEREA provides guidance to the methodological developments of the hybrid ensemble-variational system based on the IFS and assist swith the initial testing of the prototype by performing idealized experiments.
In WP4 Local and regional modelling and data assimilation CEREA co-develops together with LSCE a plume inversion system based on an advanced scheme and a full 4D meteo-transport model to deal with complex cases.