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International joint laboratories

Through LEMAR and LPO, the IUEM is associated with three International Joint Laboratories (LMIs). An LMI is an operational structure for training and research, geographically located in the buildings of a partner institution in the southern hemisphere. LMIs allow joint projects to be conducted in training and research around common core scientific facilities (laboratories, equipment, computers, library resources, etc.)


ICEMASA (International Centre for Education, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences over Africa) brings together teams from France and South Africa on marine science projects in South Africa and the Austral Ocean. Created out of a collaboration that started in 1997 between IRD and its South African partners, ICEMASA is based at University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. ICEMASA research is being done on three themes: climate and atmosphere, ecosystems and resources, and integrated and multidisciplinary research. Two of the IUEM joint research units, LPO and LEMAR, belong to this LMI.


The main objective of DISCOH – [Dynamiques du système du courant de Humboldt] is to study ocean-atmosphere, biogeochemical and ecological dynamics in the Humboldt current system, offshore Peru and Chile, with the aim of understanding and predicting the effects of intraseasonal, interannual and ten-yearly variability and climatic change on the coastal ecosystem. The LMI has to contribute to the effective implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries. DISCOH associates Instituto del Mar del Perú (IMARPE) and four IRD UMRs, including LEMAR.


Created at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal in 2012, the International Joint Laboratory (LMI) "climate in West Africa Study" (LIGHTNING) brings together 14 scientific institutions from Senegal, Ivory Coast and Benin, and 10 from France, working on the climate, the atmosphere and the ocean of West Africa and eastern tropical Atlantic. The scientific objectives are the LMI LIGHTNING measure, understand and predict these changes, past and future climate and the marine environment, and their impact on West African societies.

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