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The MIO - Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography

The MIO Oceanography research laboratory forms part of the OSU-Pytheas Institute and is under the joint direction of Aix-Marseille University, Toulon University, the CNRS and the IRD. Our goal is to better understand the oceanic system and its evolution in response to global changes. MIO constitutes a center of expertise in marine biology, ecology, biodiversity, microbiology, halieutics, physics, chemistry, biogeochemistry and sedimentology. Our working environment is the world ocean, along with its continental, atmospheric and sediment interfaces.

Key figures :
• More than 200 people including about one hundred University professors and associate professors as well as researchers (CNRS, IRD), sixty engineers and technicians, around fifty doctoral students as well as an administrative team supporting research.
• 5 sites: the Luminy campus of Aix-Marseille University, the Endoume Marine Station, the University of Toulon, the IFREMER Marine Institute in La Seyne-sur-Mer and the New Caledonian IRD center in Nouméa.
• 5 research teams, 6 key themes of cross-disciplinary research, 6 analytical platforms
• A marine environment observation unit within the OSU-Pytheas, endowed with the use of the inshore oceanographic research vessel Antédon II

The laboratory is created from the merger of Oceanology Center of research units of Marseille, the LSEET, a researcher IRPHE and LMBEC

MIO scientists pursue their research in the fields of :

1) oceanic and atmospheric circulation
2) marine ecosystems, from bacteria through fishes
3) biological functioning in extreme environments and
4) ocean pollution. This research involves oceanographic campaigns with the deployment of underwater instruments equipped with sensors such as buoys, towed instruments and AUV gliders, coastal radar and satellite image analysis and analytical and experimental laboratory work. Numerical analyses and modeling are an important component of this research.

These researchers work within the l’IGBP au sein des programmes IMBER, SOLAS and LOICZ projects which are components of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and as such, involve interventions in all of the world’s oceans.

Management team :

The Océanomed buildings and equipment MIO were co-financed by the European Union.
Europe is involved in the PACA region with the European Regional Development Fund.