Transverse Areas


The Cross-functional projects and Poles aim to create synergies between scientists (researchers, IT) from the different thematic teams of the Institute that can lead to original approaches to research and expertise, to guide more collaborative existing projects, and to submit new projects.


Cross-functional projects are oceanographic research themes in line with major international and national programs (Future Oceans, Futures Coast, IMBER, SOLAS, LOICZ, LEFE, EC2CO, MISTRALS,

ANR) and reflect the laboratory's commitment in some national programs such as the 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 ...) and international funding (FP7, H2020, private sector ...) which ensure their durability over a period of 4-5 years.

The poles are intended to be interfaced on one side with the various Cross-functional projects that organize the thematic research of the Institute, but also on the other, with regional, national and international structures for observation (networks of observation) and to deliver expert reports to environmental managers or for impact studies.



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

The AGIR Pole (Towards Integrated Marine Management through Research) aims to enhance the expertise of the MIO on societal impact issues on marine ecosystems and to propose scenarios for decision-makers, managers, technical services and 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 4 major themes at the heart of laboratory researchers: a focus on the biogeochemical functioning of the pelagic marine ecosystem (production, remineralisation, C flux, effect of biodiversity, ...) and its role in the cycle of elements partners (AT BIOLOGICAL PUMP), a focus on "horizontal" material flows, from primary producers up to the top predators (AT ETE), an axis on the contamination of ecosystems in their components abiotic (flux at interfaces, reservoirs, speciation, ...) and biotic (bioaccumulation, biomagnification in the trophic chains) (AT CONTAM), and an axis on the physical-biogeochemical-biology couplings targeting the structures influencing biogeochemical and / or biological functioning (productive structures, structures retention, ...) (AT COUPLING). Just like the poles, the Cross-functional projects can aggregate external scientific expertise and rely on industrial collaborations.