Mistrals : IMPACTCC Spring school 2019

The spring school of the transverse action IMPACTCC from MISTRALS will take place between the 1st and 5th of April in Banyuls-sur-mer (66650). It will be about « Climate models and downscaling methods for climate change impacts studies ». During this week, participants will benefit from a theory part with courses/seminars and also practical exercices with the software R.


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Ocean acidification: consequences on ecosystems and human activities

What is ocean acidification? What are the potential consequences for economic activities? How to react? These are the questions that will be addressed during the round tables, which will bring together scientists, professional actors and associations.

This symposium will be based on field experiments and the results of scientific projects funded by the Ministry of the Environment under the "Acidification of the Oceans" programme.

Second Mediterranean Congress of Biotechnology - MCB 2


The Second Mediterranean Congress of Biotechnology will be held in Yasmine Hammamet from 16 to 20 March 2019.

GreenEdge and the Gordon Conference

Shedding Light on the Physical, Biogeochemical and Human Dimensions of Connectivity in Changing Polar Seas

As mentioned in an email this summer, we would like to hold the upcoming GreenEdge annual science meeting as side meeting to the Gordon Research Conference on Polar marine science in Tuscany (Italy) from 17-22 March 2019.

Deep-Sea Microbes Prefer High-Pressure Lifestyles

A recent study demonstrates that deep-sea microbes prefer to maintain their high-pressure lifestyles uninterrupted when visiting researchers’ laboratories, compared to excursions where they decompress. Researchers who maintained a deep-sea Mediterranean prokaryotic community under conditions similar to its native environment obtained higher and more accurate estimates of deep-sea microbial activity levels than in comparison samples where the same microbes experienced decompression.

The M.I.O. is honored for its research for development

3 researchers from the MIO (Bernard Olivier, Emilie Strady and Isabelle Biegala) have had their research selected in the book "Science and Sustainable Development: 75 Years of Research in the South" where 116 innovative research projects for developing countries have been selected.

This book presents a very good historical retrospective on the IRD, from 1931 to the present day, at the beginning of the book, as well as on the evolution of attitudes towards science for development, introductory article by Jean-Paul Moatti.

Collaboration agreement between MIO-AMU and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (S I O)

An MoU between the M I O-AMU and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (S I O), University of California has just been signed by American officials (Margareth Lehnen), Yvon Berland and Richard Sempéré.
This agreement, like those signed with other IOCAS institutes, Quingdao China and the University of Texas, should strengthen existing collaborations and develop our student/researcher exchanges and assist in future project development.

The Amazon River, a major source of organic contaminants in the tropical North Atlanticl

Article from the CNRS/INSU website published on July 15, 2019

Control mechanisms in a complex marine ecosystem: less microplankton, less forage fish, more predators

Frédéric Diaz*1, Daniela Bănaru*1, Philippe Verley2, Yunne-Jai Shin3

1Aix Marseille Univ., Université de Toulon, CNRS, IRD, MIO UM110, 13288, Marseille, France.

2IRD, UMR 123 AMAP, TA40 PS2, Boulevard de la Lironde, 34398 Montpellier Cedex 5, France.

3IRD, UMR 248 MARBEC, Université de Montpellier, Bat. 24 – CC 093 Place Eugène Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France.

The latest results obtained with the OCARINA platform highlighted in EOS, the AGU journal

This wave tracking platform was developed ten years ago to study turbulent flows at the air-sea interface, in collaboration with LATMOS, LOCEAN, Ifremer, Météo-France, LOPS, IRPHE, DT-INSU, and LOG. Two prototypes exist and have been deployed in various regions since 2011. The measurements obtained, mainly under wave conditions, provide a new perspective compared to measurements taken on oceanographic vessels.