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Institut Franšais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER) - France

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IFREMER is the only French organisation with an entirely maritime purpose. It operates under the joint auspices of the Ministries of Education, Research and Technology, Fisheries and Amenities, Transport and Housing.

Being involved in all the marine science and technology fields, IFREMER has the capability of solving different problems with an integrated approach. IFREMER scope of actions can be divided into several main areas, each of them including different topics as described hereunder:

  • Understanding, assessing, developing and managing the ocean resources (knowledge and exploration of the deep sea, understanding ocean circulation, optimisation and development of aquaculture production...)
  • Improving knowledge, protection and restoration methods for marine environment (modelling of coastal zones and ecosystems, observation and monitoring of the sea...)
  • Production and management of equipment of national interest (oceanographic vessels, underwater vehicles and equipment...)

Specific Ocean Remote Sensing Activities :

In the framework of its activities in Observation and monitoring of the sea, IFREMER operates, since 1991, the " Centre ERS d'Archivage et de Traitement"  (CERSAT) which has evolved to a multi-satellite/multi-sensor data processing/geophysical product provider and data distribution centre in close collaboration with the scientific teams of the Laboratoire d'Océanographie Spatiale. The laboratory has acquired a fifteen year experience in Ocean and Sea ice data processing. It has developed specific scatterometer based geophysical products related to Ocean Winds and Sea ice monitoring using successively the ERS AMI-Wind, NSCAT and SeaWinds on QuikSCAT. The main sea ice studies concern sea ice type delineation and sea-ice drift. Validated data and geophysical products are available through the IFREMER web site.