Presentation of SHOM

logo SHOMThe Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM) has mission to describe the marine physical environment with its link with atmosphere, depths of the seas, coastal zones, and to forecast its evolution. This covers three main activities:

1. SHOM is the national hydrographic service appointed to collect and check all the information necessary or merely useful to ensure the safety of maritime navigation;

2. SHOM is responsible for providing hydrographic, oceanographic and meteorological support for military operations;

3. Techniques and skills developed are also made available to support maritime public policies and meet the various requirements of other ministries and public entities. 


Within the MCGS project, SHOM contributes to test and validation of the Ocean Colour platform by ensuring, notably, sea data collection with an hydro-oceanographic ship. A database of marine biophysical parameters will be built to that purpose. Eventually, SHOM contributes to definition of the REA services (Rapid Environmental Assessment) and integrated products.

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Presentation of GIS BRETEL

Logo Bretel v5The GIS BreTel (Bretagne Télédétection) or Scientific Interest Group (Bretagne Remote Sensing) – was founded in December 2009 in conjunction with the VIGISAT station which was operational in September 2009. This venture, creating new course, innovative themes and new jobs, was funded by the local authorities (Brest, Finistère “county” and Brittany Region) and the State through special so-called FEDER funds. There are 8 academic/research labs at the origin of the GIS, which aggregates around them the developments in the Remote Sensing domain.

One of the goals of the GIS BreTel is to become the French and European leader in the domain of research and academic programs linked to the exploitation of high resolution satellite data for a better knowledge of the environment and an increase in security. The GIS was created with teams from the Brittany region, but one of its first goals is to bring the developments into a European context. Indeed the Brittany region is part of the European initiative NEREUS (« Network of European Regions Using Space technologies»). And the GIS has a mission to bring the VIGISAT station in the national (and international) scientific framework programs. The GIS has authored two papers in a NEREUS publication in the framework of the GMES European initiative (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security): “Coastal Zones Remote Sensing and Management” and “Use of GMES services and observation data for the elaboration of a Regional Plan of Ecological Coherence– Green and blue belt networks”.

Presentation of GIS COOC - Team of Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)

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Contribution of the GIS COOC, through the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), represented by UPMC, is exclusively part of the MCGS « Ocean colour » platform. LOV research activities are aimed to provide information on the physical and biological state of oceans. LOV is in charge of the upstream research of algorithms for new remote-sensing product in « Ocean colour ». In particular LOV will contribute to best promote the new technical characteristics available on the OLCI instrument, to be launched soon by the European Space Agency.

Scientific leader: Pr Malik Chami
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