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Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory) (LOV) - UMR 7093


L’Unité Mixte de Recherche 7093 (Joint Research Unit) is supported by the Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 (UPMC) and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). The LOV ( specialises in biological, physical and chemical aspects of pelagic oceanography. Research targets single  and multidisciplinary processes in the marine environment and the characterisation of major biological and biogeochemical cycles and their changes.


Research activities

The main areas of LOV research are: worldwide and regional, pelagic and coastal oceanography; the marine environment and its relation to atmospheric and continental environments; biodiversity of marine organisms and its decadal changes; space based oceanography, in particular the global study and the seasonal and multi-annual changes in marine planktonic ecosystems; interactions between spatial and temporal scales, in particular for biological production processes and the spatio-temporal distributions of pelagic species.

Key words

Biological and physical oceanography, ocean chemistry, marine ecosystems, biodiversity, biogeochemistry, microbiology, remote sensing, modelling, numerical analysis, Mediterranean Europe, marine biodiversity, marine biogeochemistry, functioning of marine pelagic ecosystems, plankton, carbon flows, vertical particle flows, nutrients, calcification, respiration, microbial web, trophic and ecophysical interactions, physical forcing, ocean- atmosphere exchanges, remote sensing, radiative fluxes.

Teams and research areas at LOV

There are five research teams at LOV working in the following areas: marine optics and remote sensing; geochemical processes and mass balance; plankton dynamics, physical and chemical processes; microbial ecology and biogeochemistry; biological and physiological responses to environmental constraints.


The research activities of LOV that fall into the scope of GIS COOC are those of the Marine Optics and Remote Sensing team.  This team is interested in a continuum of scales (in the broad sense) ranging from theoretical studies and experiments focussed on optical properties to global applications making use of ocean colour satellite data.

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