General presentation & benefits
Program of studies & organisation
Admission & fellowships Course Catalogue & Syllabus

International Master of Science
Specialty: Water, Air, Pollution and Energy at local and regional scales
WAPE - Year M2
Academic year 2017-2018
an international track of the Master Program
« Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes, Environnement » (STePE)
in partnership, with the Master Program
« Océan, Atmosphère, Climat et Observation Spatiale » (OACOS), with
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech

Program directors Ecole Polytechnique
Claude Basdevant
Phone: +33 (0)1 69 33 58 21

Alexandre Stegner

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Program director ENSTA ParisTech
Laurent Mortier
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 27 72 75


Selected students of the WAPE program at polytechnique will have the opportunity to spend their fall semester (September 2017 to December 2018) in New-York (USA), following lectures at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) at Columbia University. They will then come back to Paris in January 2017 to complete their WAPE program. This opportunity is particularly opened to the ingénieurs polytechniciens. Applications to this exchange program have to be done by March 1, thus if interested contact as soon as possible the program directors.

PhD program
With the support of the École Polytechnique Foundation, École Polytechnique offers a five-year long program leading to a PhD degree. This PhD program is designed to develop outstanding students for careers in leading academic institutions or top companies throughout the world. If interested contact as soon as possible the program directors. Deadline for application: April 30th. For details refer to

General presentation

The purpose of this second-year M2 specialty program (60 ECTS) 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. All courses are taught in English by prominent scholars internationally recognized in their field. Eligible candidates should have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in science or engineering. They may apply directly to the program from another academic institution or they may enrol after having completed year M1 at Ecole Polytechnique or at ENSTA ParisTech. A good background in Physics and in Applied Mathematics is required from the prospective students to fully benefit from the program

An academic advisor is assigned to each student in order to help him/her select a coherent set of courses, which is most appropriate to his/her inclination and career goals. Courses take place during semester S3 (September - February). During the last semester S4 (March – August), students have to complete a five-month internship in France or abroad, which concludes with the defence of a Master’s thesis.

The WAPE program is organised by Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA ParisTech, two members of the new Université Paris Saclay. WAPE is jointly organized with Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, as an international track of the Master OACOS. Other specialities more focused on global climate or remote sensing are proposed within the Master OACOS.
At Ecole Polytechnique, the WAPE program is widely based on the research and tutorial resources of the Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (LMD), and, in the broader Paris area, the program relies on the research resources of the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), an institute gathering six laboratories whose research topics concern the global environment.

WAPE is a member of the Climate-KIC program of the European Union (Knowledge and Innovation Community in Climate), which offers several possibilities to develop technologies and innovations in assessing climate change and managing its drivers. Following the WAPE program you may obtain the Master label Climate-KIC.
WAPE has concluded an agreement with Columbia University (NY, USA) allowing exchanges of students or lecturers.

Modern Physics and Mechanics for the Environment

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 renewable energy production problem. Modern meteorological or oceanographic modelling and forecasting methods are considered. Efficient and innovative observational techniques are also described, studied and tested.

Expected benefits to the students

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. Finally, they will be able to work and communicate effectively in an English-speaking environment.

Employment opportunities

This Master's program is well adapted for the study of the hydrospheric and atmospheric environment subject to economic or social pressure and climate change. The advanced training offered by the program makes students specialists in the physics and dynamics of atmospheric or coastal environment and in there evolutions associated to climate change. Graduate of the Master's program can then apply to companies or agencies concerned with environmental problems and/or evaluating environmental or climatic risk or dealing with management and optimisation of natural resources or renewable energies. Alternatively, graduates of the master's program can undertake a PhD thesis, which opens the way for a research career in academic or industrial world. For example you may look at the PhD thesis recently defended or in progress at LMD.

Program of courses (60 ECTS)

Each curriculum consists in 30 ECTS of courses chosen in the lists below (or in an other curriculum), and 30 ECTS of industry opening activities and a five-month internship.
Individual tracks may be constructed centred on oceanographic, atmospheric or energetic problems or mixed, however the choice of the courses is subject to approval by the program directors.

Course’s lists are subject to (moderate) changes.


Fundamentals and General Circulation
Lecturer(s) Affiliation
An Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics and Energetics Hervé Le Treut
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Vladimir Zeitlin
General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Variability
François Lott
Oceanic Circulation
Pascale Bouruet-Aubertot UPMC, LOCEAN
Biogeochemical cycles and interactions with the biosphere at global scale
Erwan Personne
Nathalie de Noblet
Agro ParisTech

Regional Dynamics and Meso Scale Processes
Meteorology at small and middle scales
Bernard Legras
Richard Wilson
Clouds, Precipitations and Aerosols
Hélène Chepfer
Jean-Christophe Raut
Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics M. Lévy
L. Bopp
Coastal Hydrodynamics Alexandre Stegner
Yannis Cuypers
Air Quality: Processes and Modelling at Urban and Regional Scales
Solène Turquety
François Ravetta
Meteorology and Environment
Philippe Drobinski
Sea State, Coastal Waves and Morphodynamics Michel Benoit
Bruno Castelle
Déborah Idier

Principles and Practice of Numerical Modelling Frédéric Hourdin
Thomas Dubos
Introduction to Data Assimilation
Marc Bocquet
E. Ponts, CEREA
Statistics, regression and classification Sylvie Thiria
Richard Wilson


In depth courses
Lecturer(s) Affiliation
Radiative Transfers in Atmosphere and Ocean Cyril Crevoisier
Personal Research Project

Continental Hydrology and Water Resources Ghislain de Marsily
Jérôme Fortin
CNRS, Sisyphe
ENS & EP, Géologie
Mechanics for wind energy Riwal Plougonven
Meso and Submesoscale Dynamics, Instabilities and Turbulence
Vladimir Zeitlin UPMC, LMD
Physical Hydrodynamics for Environment Jean-Marc Chomaz
Hydro, wind and marine resources for renewable energy
Alexandre Stegner
Observation, experimentation: atmosphere, ocean, lab
Pascale Bouruet-Aubertot UPMC, LOCEAN

Management and Economics
Economy of the Energy Sector
Anna Creti
Valuing and Managing Natural Resources Guy Meunier
New Energies & New Markets
Jean-Pierre Ponssard

Consult the Course Catalogue & Syllabus

Consult the Course's timetable common to Master WAPE and Master OACOS

Affiliation acronyms are: BRGM France's leading public institution in Earth science applications, EDF Electricité de France, EP Ecole Polytechnique, CNRS National Center for Scientific Research, ENSTA Ecole Nationale des Techniques Avancées, E. Ponts Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, IFREMER French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, IPSL Institut Pierre Simon Laplace, SHOM Service Hydrographique et océanographique de la Marine, UPMC Université Pierre et Marie Curie, UVSQ Université de Versailles Saint Quentin.
CEREA, EPOC, IRPHE, LMD (Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique), LadHyX, LATMOS, LEGOS, LOCEAN, LSCE, Sisyphe are research laboratories affiliated to CNRS and/or Universities.

Internship and industry opening activities

"French as a foreign language" or "English for scientits" course
Five-month research internship in a public or private, academic or industrial, laboratory in France or abroad
Industry week - One week with conferences and visits of enterprises, industries or public institutions
Practical Training Journey
  • Climate KIC - The Journey (Academy of Climate Innovation in Europe)
  • or Coastal in-situ campaign (Mediterranean Sea)
  • or Other scientific journey or summer school

Consult a selection of internship topics

Coriolis conferences

WAPE participates to the Coriolis Institute for Energy and Environment. Conferences are organised monthly by the Coriolis Institute, where scientists or industrialists present the state of the art of scientific or technological problems linked to environment, climate or energy. Visit Coriolis Conferences website:


Courses may take place either on the Palaiseau Campus of Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA Paris-Tech, within half an hour from the centre of Paris or on the Jussieu Campus of Université Pierre et Marie Curie in the Latin quarter of Paris.

Class size

An enrolment of 10 to 25 students is expected.

Fellowships and Scholarships

Fee waivers are available under certain conditions.
Fellowships are also awarded to a few highly qualified students to partially cover living expenses.
A few accommodations are available on the Palaiseau campus for students.
Requests for fee waivers and fellowships are submitted online as part of the Master’s application procedure

"Eiffel scholarships" may be provided to foreign students by the French Ministry of Foreing Affairs. Applications have to be approved and presented by the Ecole Polytechnique, if interested contact the program directors.

The Charpak Scholarship program is run by the French Embassy in India and offers fundings for Indian students following a Master program in France.

Admission of the students is based on the evaluation of academic transcripts, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.

Admission procedure will be on line, end of December 2016, on:

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  • Selected diploma: Master
  • Master Programme: Sciences de la Terre, des Planètes & Environnement/ Earth, Planetary & Environment Sciences
  • Master Year: M2
  • Track: Climate, Environment, Application and Research/Climat, Environnement, Applications et Recherche (CLEAR) - Water, Air, Pollution and Energy (WAPE)

There are two admission sessions per year, for students entering the program in the Fall semester:
1st session
application procedure opens on January 8, 2017 - application deadline: February 15, 2017
2nd session
application procedure opens on March 15, 2017 - application deadline: May 15, 2017

Admitted applicants are requested to confirm their acceptance before April 15, 2017 (1st session), June 15, 2017 (2nd session).

Beyond the 2nd session, the application procedure will reopen on May 15 and close definitly on June 30, 2017, then the admissibility of your application will depend on the results of the first 2 sessions of recruitment and in every case, you will receive an answer on July 15, 2017 at the latest.

Admission requirements

The program is open to highly qualified international students with a strong background in Physics or Fluid Mechanics and in Applied Mathematics. Year M2 is offered to students who have successfully completed 60 ECTS in year M1 of the Master of Sciences for Environment Challenges at Ecole Polytechnique. Direct admission into the second year M2 is also open for students who already hold a minimum number of 60 ECTS in the field of interest, at graduate level.

Tuition fees and living expenses

Annual registration fee: €256
Health insurance: €215
Year M2 tuition fees are supported by the French government
One year of living expenses in the Paris area may be evaluated about €8000.