Biogeochemistry and maritime resources
During the last 20 years, chemistry of atmosphere has advanced with the development of the weather forecasting systems. Today, the biochemistry is booming thanks to new systems like Mercator Ocean systems. Biochemistry modeling is modeling of the living, and that's not a trivial operation.
One day, these models will be able to forecast biochemistry variables (phytoplancton concentration, primary productivity...) as physical variables (temperature, salinity...).
Mercator Ocean is a partner of a project called Mercator Vert (Green Mercator) : Mercator Ocean products are coupled with biogeochemistry models.
|Tara Oceans, a unique expedition|
The oceans produce half of the oxygen that we breathe. Prairies of plankton and other micro-organisms constitute, via their photosynthetic activity, an enormous oxygen pump. But these marine organisms are also a major carbon dioxide sink. As a result, the future depends on saving the oceans. On the 5th of September 2009, the boat ‘Tara’ set sail from Lorient in France on a 2.5-year expedition across the world to study oceanic ecosystems, for a better understanding of the threats faced by them and thus enable better protection of the oceans’ ecosystems. It will attempt to provide answers to climate issues, and in particular to deepen our knowledge on marine biodiversity.
More informations : www.taraexpeditions.org