Data centre

Ecological Implications of Data Centres

Focus Area(s): All
Research Program: Institutions 

The project seeks to understand how companies, public agencies and civil society address the environmental conditions and limitations facing the establishment and management of data centres in urban areas.

A central part of data centre management is heat management: servers produce heat, and as they are gathered in large numbers in close areas, temperatures rise raising the risk of fire. To overcome this, data centre operators have various techniques to cool down these facilities and avoid any risks of data loss caused by fires.

Thus, this project will ask: what shapes the environmental impacts of data centres cooling infrastructures?

In order to address this question, we will take as a case study the rapid growth of data centres in Marseille (France), which is particularly interesting as this city is in a warm climate, making the issue of heat management more difficult there than in the north of Europe.

This project is conducted in collaboration with Dr Clément Marquet (Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France).


ADM+S Investigator Christine Parker

Prof Christine Parker

Lead Investigator

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ADM+S Investigator Fiona Haines

Prof Fiona Haines

Associate Investigator

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Loup Cellard

Dr Loup Cellard

Research Fellow

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ADM+S Investigator Karen Yeung

Prof Karen Yeung

Partner Investigator

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