French programs


The purpose of NAOS is to consolidate and improve the French contribution to Argo and to prepare the next scientific challenges to Argo.

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The research of OT-Med is focused on global change and natural hazards in the Mediterranean basin and semi-arid regions of Sahel.

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ANR SAM (Sources of Marine Aerosols in the mediterranean atmosphere)

This project will provide quantitative and qualitative understanding of the fine marine aerosol production and characterisation in the western Mediterranean region, based on experiments on real sea waters samples performed in controlled and semi-controlled environments (laboratory and mesocosms).

ANR COSTAS (Chemical contamination in the Gulf of Lion)

It aims to determine the transfer process and the fate of chemical contaminants (persistent organic compounds and trace metals) from the first links in the food web (water, particles, phytoplankton and zooplankton) to small pelagics fishes (anchovy and sardines).

ANR ECOGELY (Ecophysiology of functional groups of gelatinous zooplankton)

The aim of this research project is to determine how environmental conditions forcing physiology, biology and proliferation of gelatinous zooplankton. It aims to understand how the increased proliferation of groups affect the rest of the food web (microbial loop phytoplankton, zooplankton ) and the associated material flows.

ANR MATUGLI (Autonomous Measurements of coastal Turbidity from GLIders)

This project addresses a key question concerning the coastal marine environment: the characterization of the turbidity as an index of water clarity in coastal waters at various spatial and temporal scales.

ANR RISCO (Responses of pelagic microorganisms to contamination by polluted sediments)

The aim of RISCO project is to determine the consequences of pollution from contaminated sediments on the diversity and function of pelagic microbial communities, the first levels of the trophic chain.

ANR AMORAD (Improvment of dispersion forecast and impact assessment of radionuclides in the environment)

The goal of the Amorad project is to answer the central question, “How can the consequences of a release of radioactive substances on humans and the environment be more accurately assessed?” It will improve two types of models, those that forecast the dispersion of radionuclides in the environment and those that assess the impact of radionuclides on two compartments of the biosphere and their interfaces, i.e. the marine environment and land ecosystems and associated surface water.


RECIF PRADO (Collaborative and Innovative Ecological Rehabilitation of Sandy Bottom by the Laying of Diversified and Optimized Artificial Reefs)

The main goal of this immersion project of artificial reefs is to significantly increase and diversify Marine Resources of the soft bottom of the Prado Bay.

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This research project is a multidisciplinary project to understand and predict the massive appearance of the jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca in the coastal areas of the Paca region.

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It proposes to develop an end-to-end modelling approach to project future trajectories of marine biodiversity and associated ecosystem services under a combination of IPCC SRES and fisheries management scenarios in diverse marine ecosystems.

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The Mercator Coriolis Mission Group consists of about one hundred researchers with turnover each year following a scientific announcement of opportunities and call for tender (this has been done jointly with Coriolis since 2002). Its task is to support the Mercator and Coriolis scientific activities and to participate in product validation. This is a rich field of research which feeds directly into Mercator and offers a strong link between operations and research.



The objective of this project is to coordinate and structure the French scientific community of ocean modeling in the Mediterranean Sea. Thus, the objective is to pool common competencies around the different components of the model in the basin and provide knowledge in contemplation of operational applications.



The French Consortium Climate-Environment-Society was launched in 2007 to develop, fund and coordinate interdisciplinary research into climate change and its impacts on society and the environment. The consortium relied on the research expertise of 17 laboratories and federation in the Paris area working mainly in the elds of climatology, hydrology,ecology, health sciences, and the humanities and social sciences.

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MED-ICCBIO (Climate change, extreme events and biogeochemical cycles in the Mediterranean)

The objective was to give a realistic representation of marine biogeochemistry and its variability at the Mediterranean scale, a vulnerable region to climate change. The originality of the project was to propose a model of marine biogeochemistry at the basin scale, using models to appropriate resolutions to address ocean processes involved in the horizontal and vertical distributions of marine ecosystems.

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Based on an original experimental approach, the project aims to quantify the effects of forcings(Saharan atmospheric input and rivers inputs) on the chemical speciation and bioavailability of biogeochemical interest components (nutrients, metals) and the aggregation process in connection with the carbon exportation to the deep ocean layers.





The Observatory’s mission is to produce, collect and manage data to characterize stocks and sediment flows and pollution associated with these sediments. It also aims to enlighten managers and elected representative, through the analyses of these data.

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The MASSILIA project (Bay of Marseille Modeling) involved the study of the influence of the Marseille metropolis on the coastal marine environment through numerical modeling approaches. It aims to better understand the specific functioning of this ecosystem subject to multiple human influence: emissary, coastal rivers, Rhone.



The GIRAC (Integrated Management of Coastal SAnitation Releases) project aims of this project is to develop knowledge on the contribution and the fate of chemical contaminants released to the marine environment by the urban community of Marseille, representative site of Mediterranean coastal cities.

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ECOPELGOL (dynamics study of the pelagic ecosystem of the Gulf of Lion)

This project aims to understand the mechanisms governing the dynamics of small pelagics fishes in the Gulf of Lion and theire low biomass despite high recruitment rates.