Université Côte d'Azur embarks on the Marion Dufresne for a large-scale oceanographic cruise

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Published on May 11, 2022 Updated on May 11, 2022

on the May 4, 2022


Scientists from Université Cote d'Azur travelled to the Indian Ocean to participate in RESILIENCE, an international oceanographic cruise that will take place from April 19 to May 24, 2022, with the main objective of studying the small-scale interactions between physics and biology. 

On April 19, a group of some fifty international scientists from five different countries (France, South Africa, Mozambique, the United Kingdom, and the United States) boarded the Marion Dufresne oceanographic vessel to participate in the RESILIENCE oceanographic cruise that will last until May 24. 
The aim of this campaign led by Jean-François Ternon, a researcher at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), is to study the small-scale interactions between physics and biology. 

A floating university

The ship has a large enough capacity to host a "floating university" for 20 international students and two faculty supervisors, including Christophe Mocquet, faculty member and head of the MARRES MSc at the Federative Research Institute for Marine Resources of Université Côte d'Azur.
Students from everywhere, including Université Côte d'Azur, are given the unique opportunity to experience a full-scale scientific experiment day-to-day in close proximity to researchers and to benefit from the expertise they each contribute (chemistry, biology, marine ecology, or conservation sciences). 

In addition to participating in scientific research activities during the RESILIENCE cruise, students are also in charge of communication on board and with the general public. This is done by organizing scientific conferences, recording daily activities on board, and describing the methods and tools used and the different jobs on board.

The cruise set sail from Reunion Island and will follow front areas (where fish, birds, and marine mammals gather) located on the edge of eddies in the Mozambique Channel and on the east coast of South Africa. Its purpose is to understand the role of these eddies in the biological productivity and structure of pelagic ecosystems. 

Participation of Université Côte d'Azur in this cruise received funding from the UCAJEDI initiative of excellence.

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