The main expected scientific valorization concerns: a better understanding of terrestrial hazards (seismic, volcanic, tsunami, gravity) in the marine domain and the implementation of an operational strategy for monitoring seismic and volcanic hazards to reduce risks for the population of Mayotte (ca. 290 000 inhabitants), improve potential crisis response and contribute to long-term development planning. The results and know-how acquired will be directly valorized by all partners participating in geohazards research and by all seismological and volcanological observatories, as IPGP is responsible for the monitoring of the four active volcanoes in the overseas departments of France (La Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte), with the support of national universities, of CNRS and of BRGM, a leading geoscience institution for monitoring the environment and quantifying risks from natural and anthropogenic hazards. The results will also be valorized in all the research programs on terrestrial hazards that French institutes (like the IRD -in association with the teams of the CNRS and universities) conduct internationally on the Andean margin (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile), in the Caribbean (Haiti), in the Mediterranean (Liguria, Greece, Calabria), in Vanuatu, and in Indonesia.
Beyond the themes of “Solid Earth”, the Equipment will also help address emerging challenges in relation to the preservation of the planet and sustainable development, e.g.: oceanography (sea-level fluctuation; coastal dynamics; oceanic dynamics at different scales of space and time: swell, internal waves, basin oscillations, mass balances); environment (monitoring of anthropogenic impacts, such as ocean noise pollution; coastal erosion); biology (monitoring of marine mammals; study of seabed processes: bioturbation; listening to species living on the seabed; degassing; etc.).