Observation support

IUEM Marine Observatory aims at acquiring scientific data (biological, chemical and physical parameters) necessary for understanding coastal and offshore marine environment states and their responses and their responses to global changes.

At the beginning of the 21st century, environment is a major scientific and societal issue.

Whether through climate change or multiple anthropogenic pressures (nutrient inputs, invasive species occurrence, eutrophication, tourism use, fisheries…), the marine environment is particularly variable and is characterised by natural and anthropogenic fluctuations on extremely wide spatiotemporal scales.

The entire scientific community agrees that one of the necessary conditions to describe and understand the oceanic and coastal environment, both in its physical and chemical, but also biological and anthropogenic aspects, is to perpetuate specific long-term observation series, making it possible to resolve cycles of major variability (from (the) daytime cycle to seasonal variation and ten-year fluctuations), and to couple these observations with relevant targeted research actions.

The nature of this work, which combines technicality, knowledge and permanence, often requires to be carried out by a corpus of researchers associated with observation professionals.

Since 1997, the Brest Marine Station (IUEM) has had the status of Universe Sciences Observatory (OSU) of (the) National Institute of Sciences of the Universe and the Environment (INSU) and makes it possible the continuity of this work.


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