Sea-going facilities, equipment and staff (PTF SAM)





Scientific manager : Christian Grenz

Technical Managers: Fabrice Garcia & Nagib Bhairy


PTF SAM is equipped with “state of the art” instruments, enabling this device to provide reliable support to the marine scientific community. A highly skilled and experienced staff provides technical support during oceanic and coastal cruises and assistance for the development and adaptation of prototypes.

The available equipment includes three Rosette water samplers that are equipped with CTD911, 5 CTD SBE19+, sediment traps (PPS5), plankton nets, multi-tube sediment and grab samplers, the LISST Sequoia, an Underwater Vessel Profiler (UVP), two LOPCs, a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP), UV-Visible Lines, and Glider SeaExplorer (AlseaMar) that is equipped with HAP probes.

PTF SAM contributes to observation projects by maintaining buoys, drifters and other platforms, ships of opportunity (including commercial ferries), and long time-series records of variability (SOLEMIO, SUNMEX, MEUST, and ANTARES).

Access is open to local users and, externally, through a mid-year binding process.

PTF SAM locally hosts some equipment from the Technical Division of INSU (CNRS).