Based in Chamonix in Haute-Savoie, CREA Mont-Blanc (Research Center on Altitude Ecosystems) is a research organisation whose mission is to study the impact of climate change on biodiversity and to share this knowledge with decision makers and citizens.
CREA Mont-Blanc is a non-profit scientific NGO -Non-Governmental Organisation- with associative status, and is now an expert in alpine ecology and data science. It has put participatory science at the heart of its approach by involving researchers, decision-makers and the general public in its observatory of mountain biodiversity and climate change.
The expertise of CREA Mont-Blanc is based on 3 main themes:
- Alpine ecology.
Scientific research in alpine ecology is focused on long-term studies of phenology, distribution and population dynamics at altitude. The aim is to improve our understanding of the functioning of high altitude environments and their evolution in the face of climate change.
- Data science.
We collect naturalist and climatic data in difficult terrain using field observations and automated sensors (temperature stations, cameras, satellite images, etc.). CREA Mont-Blanc is constantly increasing and improving its equipment, guaranteeing efficient data transmission and storage and innovating in its analysis methods. Its willingness to share is demonstrated by an open data approach and the creation of visualisation modules available online.
- Participatory sciences.
As a pioneer in participatory sciences, CREA Mont-Blanc not only wants to share knowledge and skills with the public but also and above all to directly involve it in the production of scientific knowledge and innovation. It is in this context that you can find scientific volunteering stays of CREA Mont-Blanc on DirectMountain.
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