Brest 2016

Atlantic Ocean


The main objective of the PROVPANACHE project is to use physical and bio-optical measurements onboard autonomous profiling floats (ProvBio) to complement satellite observations and study the dynamics of suspended particles in coastals waters directly influenced by river discharges. 


FLOSTRAL is a joint-project from LEGOS, LBCM, UBO and LODYC French research centers to deploy an array of PROVOR profiling floats in 2003-2004 in the southwest Indian ocean. FLOSTRAL aimed to study the formation, circulation and modification of mode waters in the southern Indian Ocean. 


The EGEE project (Gulf of Guinea climate and ocean circulation study, which is the oceanographic strand of the AMMA -African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses program) general objective is to study variability in the upper layers of the Gulf of Guinea (GG). It emphasizes ocean-atmosphere interface exchanges, through joint use of in situ and satellite measurements and numerical model results, as well as sub-surface ocean circulation which greatly conditions the way surface layers evolve. To meet the program's aims, the six EGEE cruises are used to acquire in situ hydrological and current measurements in the upper layers of the ocean as well as meteorological measurements. They also allow the maintenance of the PIRATA ATLAS buoy network which is also needed for studies on air-sea exchanges in the Gulf of Guinea. The overall project is AMMA (African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses). 


The main objective of the South Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (SAMOC) program is to study the variability of the Meridional Overturning Circulation in the South Atlantic. SAMOC keeps up the ongoing effort within a broader coordinated experimental context, focusing at the determination of an optimal observing network to monitor the global overturning circulation in the South Atlantic. It gathers 15 institutions and 8 countries (France, Brazil, South Africa, USA, Germany, Russia, Spain and Argentina). It has been endorsed by the Southern Ocean CLIVAR/CliC/SCAR and CLIVAR Panels.


The OVIDE-FOX project takes part of the OVIDE project (LEFE-IDAO), with the goal of completing the network of in-situ observations in the North-Atlantic ensuring the deployment of Argo floats equipped with oxygen sensors and the achievement of high resolution XBT sections. 


The PROTEVS project aims to improve the knowledge of the marine environment in real-time as well as its possible evolution to meet the needs of the French Navy. PROTEVS is a program funded by the DGA (Direction Générale des Armées) and the French Navy. It started in September 2009 and will end in December 2017.