M2 Climate, Land Use and Ecosystem Services

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  • Places available
    18
  • Language(s) of instruction
    English
Présentation
Objectives

Terrestrial ecosystems are a core component of the climate system and a key provider of services to human societies via their production of biomass for food and fuels or their regulation of environmental resources. As the demand for these services is rapidly growing, these ecosystems have been manipulated and managed to an unprecedented extent, via changes in land occupation and use worldwide, in particular for agricultural and forestry purposes. Facing up to the current ecological challenges thus requires a careful understanding of ecosystem processes and services to design and implement management strategies that enhance ecosystem services in a changing global environment. The economic sectors targeted include agriculture and forestry but also the agri-food sector, energy and the bio-economy in general, while the programme will also be relevant to policy-making in the area of environmental regulation and natural resources management, from local to global scales. The overarching objective of this MSc programme is to provide students with the scientific knowledge, know-how and skills necessary to understand the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems in response to major drivers such as climate change, land-use change patterns and ecosystem management technologies. Graduates from this programme will be possess in-depth knowledge of biosphere-climate interactions, acquire methods to assess ecosystem services, and be fully aware of the panel of technological options available in terms of land-use planning management to promote the sustainable development in rural and semi-urban areas.

Location
PARIS 05
Career prospects

The course is aimed at students who want to go into research, higher education teaching, expertise and R&D professions in the field of the environment, both at local level and at national and global level.
Targeted employers include public bodies (local and regional authorities, public agencies working in the field of the environment and water, research organisations: INRA, CNRS, IRD, IRSTEA, CIRAD, IRSTEA; Universities and Engineering Schools), and private companies (in the field of the environment - services, consultancy-, industry, consultancy and agricultural and forestry development), amongst others.
This course also prepares students to enter employment in international organisations (NGOs, FAO, World Bank, etc.)


 

Students of the Master CLUES at a meeting at AgroParisTech with the French Minister of Agriculture Mr S. Le Foll, discussing during the COP21 of Agriculture and Climate Change

Further information on the master

Student testimonials

Collaboration(s)
Laboratories

Ecologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes
Laboratoire des sciences du climat et de l'environnement - DRF
Agronomie
Centre international de recherche sur l'environnement et le développement
Ecologie Systématique et Evolution
Sciences pour l'Action et le Développement : Activités, Produits, Territoires.

Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique - Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.

Programme

Le S1 est constitué d'un tronc commun, réparti en 3 blocs thématiques, et d'une UE à choix.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Understanding and managing soil organic matter for ecosystem services delivery 3 9 6 15
Land-use planning and agriculture in peri-urban areas 3 12 12
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Climatic system- Introduction to atmospheric dynamics and energetics 3 20 8
Biosphere-Atmosphere interactions at local scale 3 12 6 12
Biogeochemical cycles and surface-atmosphere exchanges and interactions : global scale 4 30 15
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Public policy for climate and environmental regulation 1 18
Land-use engineering for the provision of climate and environmental services 3 12 3 9
Agronomy for global issues 3 17 12
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Integrated assessment of ecosystem services and sustainability 4 12 6 9 12 1.5
Everyone Eating Well within Environmental Limits 3 21 6
Ecology under climate change 3 18 12

Le S2 est constitué de 2 UE de tronc commun (non compensables), et d'un stage.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Integrative project 4 6 12 30
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Modelling concepts and applications 3 3 10 3 30
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Stage 23
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 01/02/2021 to 01/04/2021
From 15/04/2021 to 15/06/2021
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Rank of previous year and size of the promotion.

  • List of other masters requested (excluding Saclay).

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Motivation letter.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Certificate of English level.

    (TOIEC/TOEFL or IELTS scores are not mandatory (you can upload any relevant document instead). Example of grade : B2 : IELTS score 5.5/6.5 ; TOEIC > 785 (C1>945) ; TOEFL IBT score 72/94 ; Cambridge FCE A or B grade)
  • Professional project.

Additional supporting documents
  • Certificate of French (compulsory for non-French speakers).

    (In principle we ask for a B1 certificate for French, but it is not mandatory either. We trust that you will pick up enough French during the programme to get by in Paris.)
  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

  • Letter of recommendation from a trainee.

  • Curriculum EU (description of the units of education followed) of the last two years.

  • Choice sheet of M2 (obligatory for the candidates registered in M1 at the University Paris-Saclay) to download on https://www.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/admission/apply-master-programmes.

  • Referring contact information (compulsory for non-international applicants).

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