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


Master of Science
Specialty: Water, Air, Pollution and Energy at local and regional scales
WAPE - Year M2
Academic year 2016-2017
an international track of the Master Program
« Sciences de la Terre et des Planètes, Environnement » (STePE)
in partnership, within 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
E-mail: Claude.Basdevant@polytechnique.edu
Phone: +33 (0)1 69 33 58 21

Alexandre Stegner
E-mail: astegner@lmd.polytechnique.fr

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Program director ENSTA ParisTech
Laurent Mortier
E-mail: laurent.mortier@ensta-paristech.fr
Phone: +33 (0)1 44 27 72 75

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Selected students of the WAPE program at polytechnique will have the opportunity to spend their fall semester (September 2016 to December 2016) in New-York (USA), following lectures at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) of Columbia University. They will then come back to Paris in January 2017 to finish their WAPE program. This opportunity is particularly opened to the ingénieurs polytechniciens. Applications to this excnage 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 https://www.polytechnique.edu/en/phd-program

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 the 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 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.

Basics

ECTS
Fundamentals and General Circulation
Lecturer(s) Affiliation
3
An Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics and Energetics Hervé Le Treut
UPMC & EP, IPSL
3
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Vladimir Zeitlin
UPMC, LMD
3
General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Variability
François Lott
CNRS, LMD
3
Oceanic Circulation
Pascale Bouruet-Aubertot UPMC, LOCEAN
3
Biogeochemical cycles and interactions with the biosphere at global scale
Erwan Personne
Nathalie de Noblet
Agro ParisTech
CNRS, LSCE

Regional Dynamics and Meso Scale Processes
3
Meteorology at small and middle scales
Bernard Legras
Richard Wilson
CNRS, LMD
CNRS, LATMOS
3
Clouds, Precipitations and Aerosols
Hélène Chepfer
Jean-Christophe RAUT
UPMC, LMD
UPMC, LATMOS
3
Ocean Biogeochemical Dynamics M. Lévy
L. Bopp
CNRS, LOCEAN
CNRS, LSCE
3
Coastal Hydrodynamics Alexandre Stegner
Yannis Cuypers
CNRS, LMD
UPMC, LOCEAN
3
Air Quality: Processes and Modelling at Urban and Regional Scales
Solène Turquety
François Ravetta
UPMC, LMD
UPMC, LATMOS
3
Meteorology and Environment
Philippe Drobinski
CNRS & EP, LMD
3
Sea State, Coastal Waves and Morphodynamics Michel Benoit
Bruno Castelle
Déborah Idier
EDF, Lab St Venant
CNRS, EPOC
BRGM

Tools
3
Principles and Practice of Numerical Modelling Frédéric Hourdin
Thomas Dubos
CNRS, LMD
EP, LMD
3
Introduction to Data Assimilation
Marc Bocquet
E. Ponts, CEREA
3
Statistics, regression and classificationSylvie Thiria
Richard Wilson
UVSQ, LOCEAN
CNRS, LATMOS

Electives

ECTS
In depth courses
Lecturer(s) Affiliation
3
Radiative Transfers in Atmosphere and OceanCyril Crevoisier
CNRS, LMD
3
Personal Research Project

IPSL
3
Continental Hydrology and Water Resources Ghislain de Marsily
CNRS, Sisyphe
3
Mechanics for wind energy Riwal Plougonven
EP, LMD
3
Meso and Submesoscale Dynamics, Instabilities and Turbulence
Vladimir Zeitlin UPMC, LMD
3
Physical Hydrodynamics for Environment Jean-Marc Chomaz
CNRS & EP, LadHyX
3
Hydro, wind and marine resources for renewable energy
Alexandre Stegner
EP, LMD
3
Observation, experimentation: atmosphere, ocean, lab
Pascale Bouruet-Aubertot UPMC, LOCEAN

Management and Economics
3
Hands on Introduction to Entrepreneurial Innovation for the Climate Challenge
Bruno Martinaud
EP
3
Economy of the Energy Sector
Anna Creti
EP
3
Valuing and Managing Natural Resources Guy Meunier
EP
3
New Energies & New Markets
Jean-Pierre Ponssard
EP


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, 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

ECTS
27
Five-month research internship in a public or private, academic or industrial, laboratory in France or abroad
1
Industry week - One week with conferences and visits of enterprises, industries or public institutions
2
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: http://www.coriolis.polytechnique.fr/Confs.html

Language proficiency

A compulsory week-long intensive “English for scientists” course is offered at the beginning of the year, so that students may fully benefit from the academic program. International students are strongly urged to enrol in a “French as a foreign language” course at Ecole Polytechnique.

Location

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 is on line on:  https://apply-tc.ecp.fr

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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, 2016 - application deadline: February 15, 2016
2nd session
application procedure opens on March 15, 2016 - application deadline: May 1st, 2016

Admitted applicants are requested to confirm their acceptance before April 15, 2016 (1st session), June 15, 2016 (2nd session).

Beyond the 2nd session, the application procedure will reopen on May 15, 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 1st, 2016 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 €4400 are supported by the French government
One year of living expenses in the Paris area may be evaluated about €8000.