The main objective of LMI DISCOH is to study ocean-atmosphere, biogeochemical and ecological dynamics in the CHS in order to understand and anticipate the effect of intra-seasonal, interannual, decadal and climate change variability on coastal ecosystem dynamics. LMI contributes to the effective implementation of the ecosystem approach to fisheries.

From a scientific point of view, the LMI “DISCOH” complements projects under development (ANRs PEPS and TOPINEME, etc.) and aims to improve coordination between projects. In particular, LMI aims to direct the efforts of its participants towards major cross-cutting scientific issues.

In addition, LMI “DISCOH” supports the development of high-level Masters in Marine Sciences in Peru by promoting the participation of IRD researchers and other foreign scientists (courses and supervision of theses) and by supporting student and faculty exchanges, particularly in the region.

More information on the LMI DISCOH website



The host partners of the International Joint Laboratory ‘Tropical Atlantic Interdisciplinary laboratory on physical, biogeochemical, ecological and human dynamics’ (IJL TAPIOCA), the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) and the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco (UFRPE) have a long history of interaction with IRD in marine science. Brazil recently recognized the major importance of the natural resources and mineral stocks along its 7,500 km of coastline (called “Blue Amazon” by the Brazil’s authorities) and TAPIOCA team members are involved in a variety of scientific and academic projects aiming at resolving key question on climate variability, biogeochemical, physical, biological and human interactions in the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

Tapioca brings together nearly 90 scientists and students involved in research projects such as the “Pirata”, “Abraços” or “Mafalda” projects. The laboratory will focus on research areas related to climate change and marine spatial planning. The laboratory will strengthen research in the field and invest in the training of new students.

TAPIOCA’s medium- and long-term objective is to create an inter-university centre of excellence in tropical marine sciences with all the scientists involved.

More information here.


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ICEMASA is a scientific joint venture established between South African and French institutions focusing on marine and atmospheric sciences. ICEMASA aims at promoting cooperation in various research topics, ocean circulation, ocean-atmosphere exchanges, marine biogeochemistry, marine ecosystems and fisheries, along the margins of Southern Africa (Atlantic and Indian oceans) and in the Southern Ocean. Quantitative approaches (incl. numerical modelling) form an important component of the programme. Human capacity development in ocean sciences is deeply embedded in the ICEMASA mandate.

ICEMASA has been designed in close collaboration with the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re) of the University of Cape Town with several objectives:

to facilitate exchanges of scientific staff between France and Southern Africa
to supplement existing capacities on specific research themes
to connect physical and ecological sciences in the marine environment
to promote studies assessing climate change impacts on ocean, ecosystems & fisheries
to strengthen capacity by developing education and training program

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ICEMASA ended in December 2018, a restitution symposium was organized from 23 to 26 October 2018 in Cape Town. All partners are willing and interested in contributing to a consortium that would extend ICEMASA. Find here the advanced paths for the rest of the project.


The LiGA Research Group (Littoral of Guiana under Amazonian influence) is a French scientific network that brings together a hundred researchers from 28 research units around the study of the coastline in French Guiana. Its role is to promote scientific consultation and interdisciplinarity to build a transversal vision of this research.

GDR Phycotox

Since the 1980s, French coastal areas (metropolitan and overseas) are frequently affected by toxic or harmful algae. These microalgae can cause direct harm to the ecosystem (mortality of marine fauna) or indirectly to humans through their accumulation in bivalve molluscs, fish or other seafood.