The MIO Oceanography research laboratory


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.


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.


Adresse postale :
M.I.O. Institut Méditerranéen d’Océanologie UMR 7294, Campus de Luminy – OCEANOMED, Bâtiment Méditerranée, 13288 MARSEILLE cedex 09, France

Tél. : +33 4 91 10 55 55


Campus de Luminy – OCEANOMED- Bâtiment Méditerranée- 13288 MARSEILLE cedex 09 – France

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