The project OT-Med is a « labex » funded by the French national programme « Investissement d’Avenir » for the period 2012-2019 (http://www.otmed.fr). OT-Med has the objective to study the impacts of environmental change (climate, land use etc.) on ecosystem resources and services, as well as on human society in the Mediterranean Basin. OT-Med intends to create synergies between its participating scientists at all levels. This will be achieved by organising and structuring interdisciplinary exchanges in research and education, by promoting interdisciplinary research projects, through an ambitious policy for the reception of visiting researchers, post‐docs and Ph.D. fellowships, and exchanges with southern countries, by organising international symposia, summer schools and workshops, by organising scientific, technical and socio-economic databases resulting from research, for both scientists and stakeholders etc.
The domains covered by OT‐Med are as follows (candidates interested in any of these domains should contact the respective coordinator for more information):
- The study of climatic and anthropogenic changes and natural hazards. This includes earthquakes, landslides, extreme climatic events, sea-circulation changes, perturbation of aquifers and hydrosystems. There is special interesting long term variations of these changes including paleo-scales (contacts: Olivier Bellier, bellier [at] cerege.fr, France van Wambeke, france.van-wambeke [at] univ-amu.fr)
- The impact of climate and socio-economic changes on ecosystems with a focus on the ecosystem services, in particular related to biodiversity, soils, agriculture, forestry, marine biogeochemistry and food-web interactions (contacts: Wolfgang Cramer, wolfgang.cramer [at] imbe.fr, Alexander Ereskovsky, alexander.ereskovsky [at] imbe.fr)
- Human-environment interactions, including the perception of hazards, adaptation and mitigation; modelling of decision-making in the context of risks; the functioning of international environmental regimes for climate and biodiversity; the study of ancient Mediterranean civilizations with respect to their adaptation to climatic change (contacts: Olivier Chanel, Olivier.Chanel [at] univ-amu.fr, Sylvie Thoron, sylvie.thoron [at] univ-amu.fr)
- A horizontal domain of OT-Med is the coordination of observation systems and the databases necessary to collect observations (contacts: Patrick Raimbault, patrick.raimbault [at] univ-amu.fr, Thomas Curt, Thomas.Curt [at] irstea.fr)
- Another horizontal domain is the development and validation of an integrated model extending from the climate system to the socio-economic agents (contacts: Alberte Bondeau, alberte.bondeau [at] imbe.fr, François Carlotti, francois.carlotti [at] univ-amu.fr)
The knowledge gained from all study domains will be applied for better management of ecosystems, for conservation and for the sustainable delivery of ecosystem services.
For further information, please refer to the announcement at http://www.otmed.fr/spip.php?article325 (and link therein to application guide).
Application deadline: 15 December 2012
Start date: 1st April and 1st June 2013 (or exceptionally later with motivation)