The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (French National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organisation for scientific and technological research and is under the authority of the French Ministry for Research. The CNRS is also the largest fundamental research organisation in Europe. Measured by the amount of human and material resources it commits to a great range of disciplines, the CNRS is clearly the hub of research activity in France. It is also an important breeding ground for scientific and technological innovation. The CNRS’ main tasks are: the development of knowledge, its transfer to and its application in enterprises and all domains contributing to the progress of society, the dissemination of information and of scientific and technical culture to the public, and especially towards young people, the participation in early training and life-long training, training by research, and quality in the research management. CNRS was indeed the first French research organisation to sign the European “Charter of Researcher” on December 16th 2005.
The LATMOS (Laboratoire Atmospheres, Milieux, Observations Spatiales) at CNRS has a long experience in the study of dynamical, radiative and chemical processes in the Earth and planetary atmospheres using combined experimental and theoretical approaches, including various observation systems. The laboratory is also part of the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), which plays a leading role in chemistry-climate research at national and international level.
CNRS/LATMOS has considerable expertise in the field of atmospheric chemistry and aerosol research, ranging from development and application of trajectory, regional and global chemistry models, assimilation, analysis of airborne and satellite data, and study of chemistry-climate interactions. It is supported by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) as one of the leading laboratory for the development and exploitation of satellite-borne atmospheric remote sensors.