1. Why an Encyclopedia of the Environment?
The environment is a wide series of topics that covers:
– the earth’s environments where life develops, air, water and soil,
– the conditions offered to life and in particular the climate, which are of great concern in this 21st century,
– the strong links between nature and life, the origin and erosion of biodiversity, ecosystems and their evolution,
– but also the interactions between man, nature and all living beings.
It is a subject that often makes the headlines, particularly with regard to fears raised by disasters, pollution or climate change and the burning obligation to protect the environment by promoting sustainable development. Our environment also remains an inexhaustible source of wonder and questioning that requires some familiarity with a foundation of scientific knowledge important for everyone to forge their opinion on the issues our society is facing.
This open-access site is intended for all readers to help them put into perspective, in a coherent and objective way, the information available on events or discoveries. In articles abundantly illustrated and signed by their authors, it describes the phenomena and offers a first level of explanation accessible to anyone with a background similar to the undergraduate. All these texts have been reviewed by an editorial committee, which ensures that they aim to be fairly objective. Their claims are based on proven evidence, with references to original sources, and any uncertainties are indicated.
This ensemble is organized into eight sections, each one led by experts in the subject, divided into thematic modules that include one or more articles. Thanks to a standardized format and numerous links, these articles form a coherent whole, the ergonomics of which allow the reader to quickly access any subject identifiable by a keyword. A contact form allows the reader to contact the authors and comment on their articles.
Due to the closely related themes and the coverage of their audiences, this Encyclopédie de l’Environnement and the Encyclopédie de l’Énergie (www.encyclopedie-energie.org) have consolidated their activities within the Association des Encyclopédies de l’Environnement et de l’Énergie (www.a3e.fr), while each maintaining its site and editorial autonomy. This association is linked to the initial guardianship of the encyclopedias, the Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) and Grenoble INP, by a convention, and is sponsored by the Académie des Sciences.
3. Editorial Committee
In order to cover all environmental themes, the editorial managers of the Encyclopedia of the Environment, Jacques Joyard, René Moreau and Joël Sommeria, have enlisted the services of recognized experts to form the editorial committee whose composition is shown below. Each section of the encyclopedia is thus managed by one or two members of this committee.
4. Steering Committee
The encyclopedia’s publications, audience and editorial procedures are evaluated by a Steering Committee, composed as shown below of personalities chosen for their expertise in the physical sciences, life sciences, publishing, education and communication. Once a year, a review of the encyclopedia is presented to this Steering Committee, which provides its opinions, advice and recommendations.