ERC grant for STUOD project of Bertrand Chapron, ISblue research theme coordinator

The “Stochastic Transport in Upper Ocean Dynamics” project led by IFREMER, the Imperial College of London and INRIA features among the 37 laureates of the call for projects: ERC Synergy Grant 2019.

Etienne Mémin (Inria), Darryl Holm (Imperial College of London), Bertrand Chapron (ifremer) and Dan Crisan (Imperial College of London) of the STUOD project ©IFREMER

European Research Council

The ERC (European Research Council) is a funding program dedicated to the scientific excellence at the frontiers of knowledge. It is often thought that the ERC grants support individual research approaches, it is however not the case: the projects are rewarded for their collaborative, international and ambitious research.

STUOD Project

The ERC support will allow Bertrand Chapron (IFREMER), Etienne Mémin (INRIA), Darryl Holm (Imperial College of London) and Dan Crisan (Imperial College of London), to analyse and better understand the uncertain dynamics of the upper ocean layers.

The ocean, a complex interaction zone with the atmosphere, positions itself as a crucial climate regulator absorbing heat and CO2 emitted by human activities. However, in the face of climate disruptions, it is hard to foresee this system’s future developments at the very heart of our planet’s survival. 

STUOD’s objective is to develop predictive mathematical models of the upper ocean layers’ evolutions, analysing a large range of data: temperature, sea level, ocean acidity and concentration of CO2 and O2. These elements, reflecting variations and changes in the ocean dynamics, will help us gain a better understanding of climate change, its impacts and consequences.

Bertrand CHAPRON : ISblue Research Theme Coordinator

Bertrand Chapron, STUOD’s project initiator, is a researcher at IFREMER in the mixed research unit LOPS (IFREMER-CNRS-IRD-UBO) and also the coordinator of the fifth ISblue research theme: Long-term observing systems for ocean knowledge.

This theme’s ambition is to address various current decisive issues:

– Elaborate new ocean monitoring strategies and technologies through the development of integrated sensors and new cross-sensors methodologies.

– Implement integrated observatories dedicated to climate tendencies and extreme events examination. 

– Reveal, analyse and foresee interactions between physical, biological and ecological components within the ocean system. 

– Implement data management systems for the exploitation of multiple fields.