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.

Joint fact-finding mission on endocrine disrupters

At the invitation of Mr. Michel Vialay, President, Ms. Laurianne Rossi and Ms. Claire Pitollat, co-rapporteurs of the Joint Fact-Finding Mission on Endocrine Disrupters in Plastic Containers, Richard Sempéré accompanied by Javier Castro Jimenez and Melanie Ourgaud were heard on July 2 at the National Assembly in Palais Bourbon. This meeting will follow up on a report from the parliamentary committee

SEAmester - the fourth edition !

Thirty-eight students from South Africa, Namibia and Norway boarded the SA Agulhas II icebreaker in Cape Town for the fourth edition of the

PEACETIME : in the Sicily Channel and Southern Tyrrhenian Sea

The drifters released during the Peacetime oceanographic cruise contributed to the MedSVP (Mediterranean Surface Velocity Program). The analysis of this precious dataset has provided new insights about the circulation in the Sicily Channel and Southern Tyrrhenian Sea (Menna et al, 2019).


Signing of a cooperation agreement between the University of Texas and AMU/MIO

On Monday 1 July at 11 a.m. in the Aegean Hall, Patrick Louchouarn, Vice-President of the University of Texas at Galveston, will sign a cooperation agreement with the M.I.O/AMU in the presence of Pierre Chiappeta, Vice-President Research of AMU, Amira Khellaf of the AMU Research and Development Department and persons from AMU's International Relations Department (JC Guillemot ,S Delmercato)

Louise Rousselet (OPLC team) is awarded the thesis prize of the 2019 Academy of the Marine of the Year

Her thesis subject which she defended last December was as follows:       

"Study of the influence of mesoscale (sub)mesoscale circulation on the spatial distribution of biogeochemical and biological elements using in situ and coupled physical-biogeochemical satellite measurements"

Managers: Andrea Doglioli and Anne Petrenko

Clément Coclet (MEB team) will support his thesis on Wednesday 26 June at 13h30 at the M building (La Garde Campus).

On the following subject: :

Impacts of multiple contamination of trace metal elements on the microbial communities in a highly anthropized coastal environment: the Toulon bay

NAUCRATES, follow-ups have started

After the prototyping phase last winter, we recently deployed NAUCRATES devices on the buoys of the two reserves of the Côte Bleue Marine Park. As a reminder, these devices are intended to test the attractive power of buoys and to enhance the value of these devices.

During their first dives, GIS Posidonie (Patrick Astruch) and MIO (Sandrine Ruitton) noted the presence of the first occupants of the Centrolophidae family (the Black Centrolophe (Centrolophus niger), a species characteristic of floating objects).