Université de Bordeaux
LabEx COTECluster of Excellence
Cluster of excellence
Presentation of the project LabEx COTE

Continental To coastal Ecosystems: evolution, adaptability and governance

Regarding the environment, the objective of the COTE cluster of excellence is to develop tools to understand and predict changes in ecosystems as well as methods of adaptative management and governance to ensure their sustainability.

A multidisciplinary research environment

COTE aims to identify the drivers of ecosystem changes and to decipher and predict the evolution of ecosystem. It boasts complementary disciplines, ranging from environmental physics and chemistry, ecology and evolutionary sciences to economics and social sciences.

Continental To coastal Ecosystems: evolution, adaptability and governance

The evolution of human societies is closely linked to the availability of the resources and services provided by natural and domesticated ecosystems. In recent decades, the equilibrium between human societies and ecosystems has been threatened by global and local environmental changes, including human-induced climate change, a continuing increase in the amount of land cultivated, the overexploitation of natural resources, chemical pollution and the emergence of new consumer needs.

COTE comprises experts in biological, physical, chemical and socio-economical sciences to decipher and predict the responses of the ecosystems to human-induced changes and to provide predictive tools and methods to regulate or drive their evolution. These objectives are of direct relevance to the National research and innovation strategy. COTE is composed of 10 laboratories belonging to major national research institutions involved in the environmental sciences of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and numbers about 200 scientists.

Schéma CoteComplementary disciplines to identify, predict changes and responses

How ecosystems evolve

Generate predictive tools and methods for regulating or driving the evolution of ecosystems. We expect to obtain various criteria and indicators, benchmarks, evaluations of costs and benefits, develop risk perception, and establish the conditions for ensuring viable economic, social and environmental development.

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