CESAB : Time and Space for Biodiversity Research
CESAB proposes a new approach to biodiversity research, fostering a better use of existing data, information and knowledge. CESAB hosts research groups during working sessions of undisturbed, slow time. Biodiversity research is an area of study that requires the manipulation of large data sets collected in different locations, at different scales, on different variables: species distribution, time series, biological, climatic, socio-economic, remote sensing data, etc. The answer to a number of questions requires to assemble and combine such multiple and heterogeneous data sets, allowing researchers to conduct new analyses, beyond those possible from the use of data collected in individual studies or research programmes. The potential for new analyses and synthesis of these data collected during different and uncoordinated studies remains largely under-valued.
A tool created and developed by FRB
CESAB was created and has been developed by the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), since 2010. The FRB is a converging point between the different scientific and society actors in biodiversity. Launched in 2008 after the "Grenelle de l'Environnement" by the Ministries for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA, and MNHN).