Nicolas Gratiot is a geomorphologist, senior scientist at IRD (www.ird.fr), French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development.
Since 2000, he has spent more than ten years working abroad, along the Amazon coast, in the Mexican volcanic highlands, and in Asia studying the endangered Mekong Delta. He co-founded the Asian Center for Water Research (CARE, Vietnam) and is currently Deputy Director of the Institute of Geosciences for the Environment (Grenoble, France). Studying the vulnerability of these ecosystems has made him aware of the planetary limits. For the past year, he has been involved in the development of an online participatory workshop: My Earth in 180', which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the academic world by half (materre.osug.fr). A massive session is scheduled in mid june and should gathered more than 500 participants.