As an integrated marine sciences research institute, IFREMER’s four scientific departments contribute to national research and innovation as well as to the European research landscape. They produce
- basic knowledge using a systemic approach that aims to better comprehend the processes that govern ecosystems and thus better understand the changes that affect them;
- targeted research results to provide responses to societal issues based on its capacity for observation, monitoring, and assessment.
It exploits cutting-edge technology which sustains marine science research in many areas including underwater operations; instrument systems; coastal, ocean and seafloor observatories; mineral and energy resources; fisheries and aquaculture. IFREMER also fulfils its missions by developing and managing research vessels and vehicles, sensors and other types of materials. The development of knowledge and systems relies not only on laboratories and services but also on infrastructures and testing facilities requiring ongoing investments (test tanks, metrology, assembly plants, computing platforms).