The French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) produces scientific knowledge and works for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment. In addition to project coordination,INRAcontributes tothe project activities with four teams. The Grassland Ecosystem Research Unit (UREP) studies functional ecology, community dynamicsand biogeochemical cycles of semi-natural grassland ecosystems. The Laboratory of Plant Ecophysiological Responses to Environmental Stresses (LEPSE) focuseson the analysis and modelling of plant responses and adaptation to environmental stresses. AGRONOMIE, a joint venture of INRA and Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences, has long experience with the design and evaluation of cropping systems using crop models, meta-analysis, statistical methods, expert knowledge elicitation, on-farm survey and research. Grassland and Fodder Plant Multi-Disciplinary Research Unit (URP3F), the main INRA research station for sown grasslands, analyses and models forage and grassland productivity with focus on the impact of water and nitrogen limitations, while also assessing the genetic adaptation of grass population upon climatic stresses.
Juliette Adrian (associate research engineer at INRA-AGRONOMIE) has a background in statistics and ecology. In MODEXTREME, she develops statistical models to study yields in relation to extreme climate variables. In particular, she develops Bayesian methods to estimate and predict yield distributions.
Gianni Bellocchi (INRA research director at UREP) know-how is in agro-climatic and environmental modelling covering topics related to agronomy, plant physiology and climatology. He has developed models and indicators for computer-aided assessment of impacts on environment and agricultural systems. He is WP leader in EU-FP7 AnimalChange and JPI FACCE MACSUR, and coordinator of EU-FP7 MODEXTREME.
Tamara Ben Ari (INRA scientist at AGRONOMIE) works in the field of global agronomy with projects on large-scale protein flows, optimal land use and statistical methods to forecast yields at the country scale.
David Borras (associate software engineer at INRA-UREP) develops scientific software applications, with expertise in reverse engineering techniques and methodologies for portability of code across different platforms and language implementations.
Jean-Louis Durand (INRA senior scientist and director of URP3F) is plant eco-physiologist and bio-climatologist, expert in the analysis of water relations in plants and swards. Coordinator of the grassland task of the French project Climator (ended in 2010), he coordinates the INRA project Climagie and participates to the coordination of AgMIP maize pilot.
Katja Klumpp (INRA scientific officer at UREP) is principal investigator in the permanent grassland sites of the French System of Observation and long-term Experimentation for Research in Environment. With expertise in acquisition/treatment of eddy-covariance flux data, she works on the mechanisms of C storage/GHG emissions and the processes of grassland/livestock systems under climate change. She was rewarded with the international Norbert Gerbier Mumm International Award 2012 of the World Meteorological Organisation.
Gaëtan Louarn (INRA scientist at URP3F) is plant eco-physiologist, analyst and modeller of productivity and population dynamics in grassland communities, and plant-resources, plant-plant and plant-climate interactions. He has contributed to the development of plant models coupling C-N cycles in fluctuating environment. He is involved in the EU-FP7 AnimalChange and the INRA project Climagie.
Frédérique Louault (INRA scientific officer at UREP) has been involved in farming systems extensification programs. As responsible of permanent grassland sites of the French System of Observation and long-term Experimentation for Research in Environment, she studies the impacts of management on vegetation dynamics, plant functional diversity and ecosystem functioning.
David Makowski (INRA research director at AGRONOMIE) is specialized in crop modelling and applied statistics with interests in uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of models, environmental risk assessment, meta-analysis of large datasets, and decision support systems for agriculture and environment. He is expert at the French Food Safety Agency and the European Food Safety Agency.
Raphaël Martin (INRA scientific officer at UREP) has expertise in scientific calculation and modelling. He is responsible of model development and database conception, and takes the leadership of data infrastructure and model support in EU-FP7 AnimalChange, in which is member of the executive board.
Boris Parent (INRA scientist at LEPSE) works on the modelling of growth and its response to temperature and water deficit in wheat and maize.
Catherine Picon-Cochard (INRA senior scientist at UREP) has long experience on combined effects of climate change drivers on both trees and grasslands. She studies the effect of summer extreme events on the recovery of grassland services with original work on root demography. She is responsible for France of the ERA-Net BiodivERsA research project SIGNAL.
François Tardieu (INRA research director at LEPSE) works on the modelling of the effect of water deficit on growth and transpiration of various species, with focus on the modelling of plant responses genetic variability to environmental cues. He coordinates the EU-FP7 DROPS.