The missions of Mercator Ocean
While it covers nearly 70% of the surface of the globe, the ocean is also of increasing importance in the economic (food, energy, transport..), environmental (climate change, protection of species, water quality etc..) and societal (safety at sea, education, employment..) spheres. The needs for specific and precise ocean information are becoming more numerous and varied.
The better we know and can predict its parameters, the better we can protect the ocean.
The idea behind operational oceanography, a discipline not yet 20 years old, is to be able to describe the ocean in real time and to predict its evolution dynamically and on an operational basis for the whole of its vast span and depth.
This is the essence of the mission entrusted to Mercator Ocean by its 5 founder partners, the major French players in oceanography: the CNRS, IFREMER, IRD, METEO FRANCE and SHOM.