French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development
The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD) is the pre-eminent French research organisation dedicated to sustainable development in, for and with Southern developing countries and overseas territories. It is a not-for-profit government-funded public organisation whose general mission is to conduct research and research training with a view to promoting the economic, social and cultural development in the Southern countries. The IRD consist of 57 research laboratories, located and operating jointly with academic partners in France, in the French overseas territories and in 35 countries in Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, Latin America and the Pacific area. About 45% of the IRD workforce works outside France.
The joint unit ESPACE-DEV (Expertise and Spatialisation of knowledge for Environment for Sustainable Development) aims to respond to the major development challenges regarding societies and human health, the earth, the environment and living resources.
Internationally recognised as a multidisciplinary organisation, through its network, it brings an original research approach, expertise, training and knowledge sharing for the benefit of the territories and countries that make science and innovation one of the first levers of their development.
Role in PHIDIAS
The IRD will be involved in the use case about big data earth observations aimed at processing on-demand services for environmental monitoring, with the overall objective of enhancing the scalability of Earth Observation data processing chains and disseminating in a FAIR manner the mapping products for environmental monitoring coming from the end-users.