The “Oceans: Climate and Resources” (Oceans) department brings together IRD’s oceanographers specialising in different disciplines: physicians, chemists, bio-geochemists, biologists, ecologists and fisheries scientists. It takes an integrated approach to addressing questions of research for development regarding the ocean, with a focus on the processes that affect the intertropical zone.
The research is organised into two main scientific areas:
The issue: how do the physical and ecological changes in the ocean impact on populations in the Global South in particular?
The Oceans department also provides support for observation and modelling systems at the interface between the physical, ecological, economic and social sciences, and participation in the construction of scenarios in the framework of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Department’s research units position themselves in national, European and international programmes (Operational oceanography, Research infrastructures and Data centres).
The Oceans Department leads the interdisciplinary and partnership-based structural programme, “Vulnerability of coastal zones in a context of global change”, in close collaboration with the “Societies and Globalisation” and “Internal and Surface Dynamics of Continents” departments.
The high-level Conference of United Nations for the sustainable management of the oceans (SDG 14) took place in New York from 5 till 9 June 2017. IRD researchers participated in several conferences.Find out more