Transverse Areas


The MIO's Cross-functional projects aim to create synergy between scientists (researchers and IT) from the different thematic teams of the institute, which can lead to original approaches to research and expertise, guide more collaborative existing projects, and facilitate the submission of new projects.



Cross-functional projects are oceanographic research themes that are in line with major international and national programs (Future Oceans, Futures Coast, IMBER, SOLAS, LOICZ, LEFE, EC2CO, MISTRALS, and ANR) and reflect the laboratory's commitment in some national programs, such as integrated programs in the Mediterranean (MERMEX, CHARMEX, HYMEX).

The areas of research must be supported by national funding (INSU, INEE, IRD, ANR, private sector, regional funding, etc.) and international funding (FP7, H2020, private sector, etc.), which ensure their durability over a period of 4-5 years.

These poles are intended to be interfaced with the various Cross-functional projects that organize the thematic research of the institute alongside regional, national and international structures for observation (networks of observation) to deliver expert reports to environmental managers or for impact studies.


The Observation Pole (MIO-OBS) aims to moderate and organize the observation activities of the laboratory, ensuring national commitments in connection with the SOMLIT and MOOSE programs while combining complementary observation capabilities of the institute and permitting the backing of more process-oriented research.

The AGIR Pole (Towards Integrated Marine Management through Research) aims to enhance the expertise of the MIO regarding societal issues on marine ecosystems and propose scenarios for decision-makers, managers, technical services and the general public. The essential idea is to build more comprehensive offers of competence on certain societal topics.

The Cross-functional projects (AT) of the laboratory are oriented towards four major themes at the heart of laboratory researchers: a focus on the biogeochemical functioning of the pelagic marine ecosystem (production, remineralization, C flux, effect of biodiversity, etc.) and its role in the cycle of element partners (AT BIOLOGICAL PUMP), a focus on "horizontal" material flows from primary producers up to the top predators (AT ETE), the contamination of ecosystems in their abiotic (flux at interfaces, reservoirs, speciation, etc.) and biotic components (bioaccumulation and biomagnification in trophic chains) (AT CONTAM), and the physical-biogeochemical-biological couplings of the structures that influence biogeochemical and/or biological functioning (productive structures, structures retention, etc.) (AT COUPLING). Similarly to the poles, the Cross-functional projects can aggregate external scientific expertise and rely on industrial collaborations.