The purpose of this second-year M2 specialty program of the Master of Sciences
for Environmental Challenges is to give students a thorough knowledge of the laws and interactions governing the evolution of our natural environment at local and regional scales to prepare them for a successful career in academia or industry.It is expected that graduates of the program will have acquired the skill to design effective, physics-based models to describe different aspects of the environment. They will have learned to critically assess the relevance and validity of different approaches to complex environmental problems. They will be able to determine the proper parameters, develop efficient numerical algorithms and select appropriate measurement techniques relevant to specific impact studies or societal demands. Even more importantly, they will have acquired a sound understanding of environment physics.
In-depth understanding and knowledge of the laws and interactions governing the evolution of our natural environment will positively impact the future of our society. The advancement of this knowledge involves multiple techniques of observation, experimentation, analysis and modelling, covering global, regional and local scales. Following this general framework, the WAPE program presents the dynamical, physical and biochemical processes driving ocean, atmosphere, air pollution and water cycle at local and regional scales, and their links with the energy production problem. Modern meteorological or oceanographic modelling and forecasting methods are considered. Efficient and innovative observational techniques are also described, studied and tested.