The UN general assembly has proclaimed the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-30). The French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) is among the world's leading research institutions. Its scientists explore the living world, matter, mathematics, the universe, and the functioning of human societies in order to meet the major challenges of today and tomorrow. How does this institution plan to address the specific issue of the ocean, and what role may mathematics play?
David Lannes is a CNRS senior researcher at the University of Bordeaux. His research area is the analysis of nonlinear PDEs and interdisciplinary research: nonlinear optics, modelling of waves in coastal regions and wave-structure interactions.