The “Oceans, climate and resources” Department (OCEANS) addresses research issues regarding ocean development in an integrated manner, with a focus on the processes which affect the intertropical zone. Oceans are at the heart of the sustainable development agenda, with two of the 17 sustainable development goals: SDG 13 on action to combat climate change and its impacts and SDG 14 on the oceans, seas and marine resources.
Research within the department focuses on two major scientific areas: Understanding the role of the tropical ocean in the current climate dynamics, and studying the evolution of marine ecosystems and their exploitation in a context of global change.
In 2018, researchers placed particular emphasis on the following scientific topics:
The department also continued to support observation and modelling systems at the interface between physics, ecological, economic and social sciences.
Martinique and Guadeloupe have been particularly affected by this recurring natural phenomenon, with significant effects on the environment, health and the economy.Find out more
From 22 to 26 October 2018, IRD hosted the 23rd annual conference of the PIRATA programme in Marseille, an observatory dedicated to studying ocean-atmosphere interactions in the tropical Atlantic.Find out more
This book, co-published by IRD and Solaris, received the Guy Laserre Overseas award from the Bordeaux Academy of Science and Literature.Find out more