A scientific interest group dedicated to the study and observation of ocean colour
Four French institutions, i.e. the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC), the Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the company ACRI-ST, have joined together to form a Scientific Interest Group (in French, Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique - GIS).
The group is focussed on studying and observing ocean colour. It aims to gain a better understanding of the role of marine phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle and its interactions with climate change.
The GIS was born of nearly 20 years collaboration between the Marine Optics Remote Sensing Group of the Villefranche Oceanography Laboratory (LOV, UPMC and CNRS) and the company ACRI-ST, which together form a research cluster of European and international renown in the field of ocean colour (COlour of the OCean, COOC).
The cooperation between the partners in the scientific group involves sharing scientific and technical expertise, mutual assistance with human and material resources, disseminating and promoting the results of joint work as well as planning future projects.
Prof. Jean Charles Pomerol (UPMC) acts as Chair of the GIS Board. The group is co-managed by David Antoine, Senior Research Scientist at CNRS, LOV, and Antoine Mangin, Scientific Director of the company ACRI-ST. The Chair of the Steering Committee is Constant Mazeran, research engineer at the company ACRI-ST. Professor André Morel is the Honorary President of the GIS.
More information are available on the GIS COOC website.