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Cooperation map

The Midi-Pyrenees Observatory participates in many cooperation schemes throughout the world. These cooperation projects contribute to the structuring and outreach of the European Research Area, and to the various international scientific programmes that the Observatory supports. The interactive map below tells you about these cooperation projects. This map is updated every year. The next update will be in October 2016.



The Arctic Transverse Scientific Research Area (AST) run by the OMP gathers together around twenty researchers from all the OMP laboratories and also the AMIS laboratory, the CNRM laboratory and the companies MERCATOR and CLS. In the AST, Toulouse researchers involved in the Arctic work together on data acquisition, the use of tools and setting up projects in response to calls for tender from the French Arctic Project, in the Horizon 2020 programme, and other international programmes such as the Franco Siberian Education and Research Centre. So far, the AST Arctic has run a dozen or so Arctic projects, including the international research group CARWETSIB II (Carbon, Water and Metal Transport in Wetlands of Siberia: Key for understanding the future climate and environmental health of boreal zone) certified by the CNRS and the PARCS project (Pollution in the ARCtic System) financed by the French Arctic Project. Two 'Arctic' seminars were held at the OMP: one in October 2013, the other in March 2015.

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The OMP contributes to some forty research and teaching projects as part of the international programme MISTRALS (Mediterranean Integrated STudies at Regional And Local Scales). This programme, initiated in 2010 for a 10-year period, addresses the issue of habitability in the Mediterranean basin from the point of view of its resources, the state of its ecosystems and the natural risks that characterise it. The OMP data service is jointly responsible for setting up the MISTRALS information system portal. The LA participates in the Regional Observation Centre for Climate and Atmospheric environment and oceanographic monitoring on the western Mediterranean ( CORSICA) while the CESBIO and ECOLAB laboratories participate in the O-LIFE observatory (Lebanese-French Observatory of the Environment) certified by the CNRS. The CESBIO and the LA also participate in the European infrastructures ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation system) and IAGOS (In-service Aircraft for a global observing system) which provide the data for the MISTRALS programme. The LA is responsible for several working groups in 3 of the 8 MISTRALS sub-programmes. HyMeX, Mermex,  ChArMex. The CESBIO jointly manages the mixed international laboratory TREMA (Remote sensing and Water Resources in Semi- Arid Mediterranean) certified by the IRD, which contributes to the sub-programme SICMED in the MISTRALS programme and the SUDMED project of the laboratory. The GET participates in geological studies in the Mediterranean that are part of the TerMex and SICMED sub-programmes.


The ongoing OMP cooperation schemes in Africa are part of the programmes developed by the IRD: the PROPAO programme (Regional Physical Oceanography Programme in West Africa) initially followed by the ALOC-GC programme (Shoreline, Oceanic and Climatic Analysis in the north of the Gulf of Guinea) between 2011 and 2014 and then by the RELIFOME programme (Response of the Cameroon shoreline to Multi-Scale Oceanic Forcing) since 2015 and until 2018. The PROPAO programme, run by the Fisheries and Oceanological Research Centre of the Benin Scientific and Technical Research Centre, is the continuation of the measures, research and teaching initiated as part of the EGEE programme (Study of the ocean and climate circulation in the Gulf of New Guinea), the oceanographic part of the  AMMA International programme (Multidisciplinary analyses of the African Monsoon), in the coastal countries in the north of the Gulf of New Guinea (Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and the Ivory Coast). One of the results of the PROPAO programme PROPAO was the creation in 2008 of the regional Master 2 OPA (Physical Oceanography and Applications) In the UNESCO International Chair of Physics and Applied Mathematics hosted by the University of Abomey Calavi. LEGOS is running this teaching and has assigned a researcher, Yves du Penhoat, to Cotonou. He is also the French correspondent for the RELIFORME programme, run at the University of Foula in Cameroon. These agreements support the participation of French researchers to the observation services of PIRATA (Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic), AMMA-CATH (Multidisciplinary Analysis of the African Monsoon - Coupling of the Tropical Atmosphere and Hydrological Cycle), HYBAM-Congo (Geodynamical, hydrological and biogeochemical control of erosion/alteration and material transport in the Amazon basin) and BVET-Cameroon (Tropical Experimental Watershed). The GET, who run the AMMA-CATCH, HYBAM and BVET services, are carrying out studies on shore and coastal dynamics, directed towards the continent (estuaries, mangroves, water cycle and geochemical cycles related to the drainage basins). The GET is assigning a researchers in Africa to support these projects: Jean-Jacques Braun (BVET, Yaoundé, Cameroon). Within the AMMA international programme, the LA is developing studies in Africa on the impacts of biogenic and anthropic gases and aerosols on the chemical composition of the atmosphere, dry and set deposits, human health and the climate through the INDAAF programme (International Network to study Deposition and Atmospheric chemistry in AFrica) and the international research group ARSAIO (Atmospheric Research in Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean) certified by the CNRS.

South America

There are numerous projects in the Amazonian basin on the observation of hydrological, biogeochemical and geodynamical processes occurring there, on modifications to these processes in a context of ongoing climate change and on the repercussions of these modifications on the global water and greenhouse gas cycles. The GET and LEGOS are cooperating with the Agência Nacional de Águas (ANA) in Brasilia. This cooperation is attached to the international OCE laboratory (Observatory for Environmental Changes), and uses the observation service HYBAM (Geodynamical, hydrological and biogeochemical control of erosion/alteration and material transport in the Amazon basin), attached to it. In 2014, the pre-operational service on monitoring the quality of river water of the basin through satellite data, HIDROSAT (Pre-operational service for monitoring the color of inland waters), is being run by the ANA and the IRD; the GET is contributing. In addition, the erosion processes in the Andes, the pediments and the concentrations of certain metals such as copper are the subjects of research developed in the COPEDIM (Copper and Pediment) international laboratory, based in Chile. At the same time, the ecotoxicological impacts of hydrocarbons or mining residues are being studied in the MONOIL (Environmental monitoring , health, society and oil in Ecuador) and PACHARAMA (Lakes of the Altiplano, Bolivia: in situ exploration of abiotic processes controlling the aquatic biogeochemistry of mercury at molecular and isotopic level) projects supported by the Agence National pour la Recherche and run by the GET. The environmental impacts of the building of dams is a subject that has led ECOLAB and the GET to cooperate with the company ITAIPU Binacional in Paraguay (ITAIPU, Environmental studies of the hydroelectric plant of Itaipu Binacional Rio Paraná, border between Brazil and Paraguay) project.


In the ARCUS Vietnam programme run jointly by the Université Paris Sud and the Toulouse Midi-Pyrenees Federal University co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, since 2009, the OMP has coordinated the Master WEO(Water Environment and Oceanography)at the Hanoïi University of Science and Technology The Master has around fifteen teacher-researchers from the OMP each year from the CESBIO, ECOLAB, the LA, the LEGOS and the GET. From 2016, the ECOLAB laboratory is assigning a researcher to Hanoi, Magali Gerino, a teacher-researcher at the Toulouse III Paul Sabatier University, who is taking over responsibility for the Master WEO, from Sylvain Ouillon (GET). Attached to the Master WEO, the HILO international laboratory (Hanoi International Laboratory of Oceanography) was set up in 2015. Marine Hermann, IRD researcher at LEGOS, is responsible for the French coordination of this laboratory. The OMP also has a commitment in China for studies on health-environment issues (ECOLAB, LA, GET) and space exploration projects (IRAP).

Last update : 2016_9_8

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