Role in RISC-KIT: The main tasks of LIENSs-CNRS within RISC-KIT will be (i) provide a synthesis on historical storms and flooding that have occurred in the Bay of Biscay over the two last centuries WP1; for the last 140 years, this data will be cross-validated with wave and storm surge hindcast developed at LIENSs and covering the whole North Atlantic Ocean; (ii) develop DRR plans specifically for La Faute-sur-Mer (Central Bay of Biscay) WP5; (iii) apply the EWS/Scenario Evaluation System and investigate the DDR solution at La Faute-sur-Mer, considering Xynthia as the reference case study.
Description: LIENSs is a join research unit under the CNRS and La Rochelle University authorities, which integrates expertises in many scientific fields within environmental sciences (biology, ecology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology, earth sciences, geophysics), humanities and social sciences (geography and history), and Engineering Sciences (chemistry and biotechnology). It takes strength through a high interdisciplinarity to address issues on the sustainable development of its main research object: the littoral zone.
LIENSs was established in 2008 as part of a larger project aiming at developing at La Rochelle research and education on the Environment and Sustainable Development. This included the setting up of a Research Federation (FREDD), presently extended to the regional scale, that brings together 22 laboratories to sustain this thematics, and of a Doctoral School (Gay-Lussac Doctoral School) involving 3 Universities (La Rochelle, Poitiers, Limoges).
LIENSs is one of the 2 first units to be jointly supported by 3 CNRS Institutes (INEE, INSU, INSHS) as a recognition of its large interdisciplinarity, developed by 6 teams working on their core disciplinary thematics, but also on numerous common projects, some being set up as cross-axes.
LIENSs presently comprises 69 researchers/lecturer-researchers, 28 permanent engineers/technicians, 24 post-docs and invited researchers, 10 contracted technical staff and 32 PhD students.
Lead person: Xavier Bertin
Permanent researcher of CNRS at LIENSs since 2010 focused on hydro-sedimentary dynamics of coastal zones.