Partner Institutions

Ifremer will contribute with 710 p-m (including 272 p-m for deep-sea environmental studies) during the 8 years of duration of the project and provide

  • technological and engineering expertise for seafloor instrumentation;
  • scientific expertise in marine geoscience and deep-sea environment;
  • in-house testing facilities (high pressure vessels; instrumented water tanks; etc.
  • naval facilities (vessels and submersibles);
  • highly trained and experienced personnel for conducting the marine operations and interfacing with marine telephone cable operators;
  • funds the part of the program on deep-sea eco-systems research. 


CNRS will contribute with 738 p-m by allocating personnel for research and engineering from:

  • the different research laboratories in solid earth, ocean and environmental sciences, involved in the project. These labs will act as « Mixed Research Units » (UMR in French, for « Unité Mixte de Recherche) established in partnership with other partner institutions. The UMRs are namely divided in two categories: those that will manage the equipment -GeoAzur (Nice), Domaines Océaniques (Brest), LIENSs (La Rochelle), ISTERRE (Grenoble)- and those that support the project with less that 10% of a researcher, GET Toulouse, Labo de Géologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, IPGS (Strasbourg);
  • its technical division (DT-INSU);
  • the different Observatories (OSU - Observatoires des Sciences de l’Univers) involved in the project and presently operating in: Nice (OCA) ; Brest (IUEM) ; La Rochelle/Bordeaux (OASU) ; La Réunion (OVPF); Les Antilles (OVSM, OVSG); Strasbourg (EOST); Nantes (OSUNA); Toulouse (OMP); Montpellier (OREME); Clermont-Ferrand (OPGC) ; Grenoble (OSUG); Lyon (OSUL).


IPGP will contribute with 554 p-m and will:

  • open 6 new, permanent positions (3 engineers including an Information Systems engineer, 1 technician, and 2 researchers), specifically allocated to REVOSIMA (recruitment in progress and MESRI annual concours before December 2020);
  • host, operate and maintain part of the equipment acquired by the project within Elements 2, 3 & 5;
  • conduct advanced R&D for innovative instrumentation (optical seismometers) within Element 4;
  • provide expertise in long-term monitoring, based on the experience from the three French active volcanoes onshore (La Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique);
  • act as coordinator of REVOSIMA.


IRD will contribute with 36 p-m

  • by allocating personnel from different mixed Research Units (UMRs), namely:
    • GeoAzur (Nice),
    • Domaines Océaniques (Brest),
    • ISTERRE (Grenoble),
    • GET Toulouse,
    • LMV (Clermont-Ferrand),
    • Géosciences Montpellier
  • by opening a full-time position for a research engineer in charge of maintaining and operating part the OBS pool that is hosted at GeoAzur


BRGM will contribute with 35 p-m and will:

  • help make links with end users, civil protection and local authorities through its regional direction based at Mayotte.
  • manage the Magneto-Telluric (MT) component of the program in partnership with UMR Geosciences Ocean and subcontractors.  Will operate on its own the land reference MT stations. 


ESEO will contribute with 16 p-m and provide the project with

  • PhDs and Master students
  • Its work force for R&D in optical seismometry