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The Laboratory - Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer
Unité Mixte de Recherche 7093 – CNRS/UPMC




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 LOV members - DECEMBER 2016 (80)


- 32 Research Scientists and University Faculty

- 18 permanent technical and administrative staff

- 10 Post-docs

- 7 externally funded staff

- 13 Ph.D. students

Remote Sensing and Optics Applied to Marine Biogeochemistry (OMTAB) group


Scientific Objectives


The over-arching goal of the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing Group is to understand, interpret, and model the optical properties of the ocean and their variability. The larger scientific context is biogeochemical cycles and the ecophysiology of phytoplankton. Our research is directed toward characterizing and quantifying general principles, as well as developing novel techniques and instruments which are required to inform our knowledge of the existing marine environment and future changes. We actively participate, through the development and application of new scientific tools and instruments, to cutting edge efforts of ocean observation currently underway which attempt to quantify our knowledge of marine systems and improve the development of predictive models.

Our research activities fall within two broad categories or themes:

    1. Observation,
    2. Instruments and Applications

1. Observation

  • Satellite Sensing of Ocean Color
  • Observation through Moored Systems (BOUSSOLE) and Long time-series sampling (MOOSE)
  • Systemic Approaches (Mediterranean Sea, Artic Sea)
  • Bio-Argo


2. Instrument and Applications Development

  •   BOUSSOLE v2
  • Optical Probes
  • Multi-instrumented Floaters
  • Gliders (ACSA)

LOV - 28/10/14