Ifremer undertakes research and expert assessments to advance knowledge on the oceans and their resources, monitor the marine environment and foster the sustainable development of maritime activities. Thereby, IFREMER designs and implements tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring and manages oceanographic databases.
The deep sea research concerns:
- The exploration of the deep seabed, and the study of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere.
- The study of the geobiological interactions for a better knowledge of the ecosystems.
- The development of technology and methodologies for innovative and multi-scale reconnaissance, observation, analysis, monitoring, and underwater operations.
Ifremer has 3 sea-going oceanographic vessels, 1 manned submersible, 2 remotely operated vehicles and 2 AUVs as well as a broad range of ocean instruments.