Monday 15 November 2021

The OceanoScientific Programme turns 15

Just fifteen years ago, on November 14, 2006, on the fifth floor of Tower 45/46 of Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris), in the meeting room of the Oceanography and Climate Laboratory - Experiments and Approaches Numériques (LOCEAN), after a lunch with the eminent oceanographer Jean-Claude Gascard initiated by Eric Bellion, the OceanoScientific Programme was born. Yvan Griboval presents his idea - totally absurd in 2006! - to collect quality scientific data at the Ocean - Atmosphere interface with ocean racing sailboats under the 40th parallel South and the three major continental capes: Good Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn, on the Vendée Globe route and the Volvo Ocean Race. Scientists consider this: "Very useful but impossible". The ocean racing world chuckles: "It will never work!" ...


The very first version of the OceanoScientific System (OSC System) just before being put on board Boogaloo, the first oceanographic racing sailboat, on October 13, 2009 in the port of Caen - Photo SailingOne 2009


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Since 2011 OceanoScientific contributes to the implementation of oceanographic sailing expeditions without CO2 emissions in regions of the seas that have seldom been explored if at all, to promote better knowledge of the causes and consequences of climate change and pollution.


As of 2021 OceanoScientific focuses its efforts on promoting the exploitation by biomimicry of the coral ecosystem for the benefit of human well-being and health, in accordance with the Nagoya Protocol.


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