PHASE 1 : 2001-2008

The 7 institutes involved in operational oceanography in France (CNES, CNRS, Ifremer, IPEV, IRD, Météo-France, Shom) decided in 2001 to joint their efforts within Coriolis in order to:

  • organise and maintain data acquisition in real-time and delayed mode of in-situ measurements necessary for operational oceanography,
  • set up an operational in-situ data centre,
  • develop and improve the technology necessary for operational oceanography.

Coriolis also coordinates the French contribution to the international Argo project and deploys about 65 floats per year.


PHASE 2 : 2009-2012

The following objectives were assigned to Coriolis for the 2009-2012 period :

  • Consolidate and operate at sea observation acquisition, data collection, validation and distribution in real time and delayed mode, at global and regional scales for ocean forecasting and monitoring systems
  • Provide a data service to the operational and scientific community from France, Europe and international
  • In agreement with the recommendations issued by JCOMM , the joint commission WMO ( World Meteorological Organization) and IOC ( Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) on the implementation of the world ocean observing system
  • Encourage and promote the real time distribution of in situ data necessary to ocean forecasting and monitoring systems
  • prepare the extension to an European collaboration in coherence with the governance of the Euro-Argo Infrastructure and GMES Marine Core Service


PHASE 3 : 2014-2020

A new convention is defined for the period 2014-2020 to make CORIOLIS durable by transforming it into an integrated in-situ observations infrastructure for operational oceanography and research, at national, European and international levels.

The objectives are to link oceanic services of operational oceanography with research activities on ocean and climate. Sustain a long-term oceanic in-situ observations infrastructure will help characterize climate change effects, and understand and predict the ocean role on it.