Develop interdisciplinary research projects
IUML is structured by a scientific project along 4 axes:
- Biodiversity and coastal environment
- Exploiting and adding value to marine resources
- Marine systems, buildings and geomaterials
- Changes, conflicts and governance
These scientific axes have been developed within integrated projects funded by the Regional Council of Pays de la Loire (GERRICO, COSELMAR), gathering most of IUML research units. For instance, about 100 researchers from Ifremer and the University of Nantes were involved in the GERRICO project (Management of resources and risks in coastal zones; 2006-2010) to apply a set of inter-disciplinary issues onto a fieldwork area (the Bay of Bourgneuf) and to an industry (oyster farming). The COSELMAR project (Understanding coastal and marine socio-ecosystems to enhance the value of marine species, risk prevention and management; 2013-2016), is coordinated by Sophie Pardo (Univ. Nantes) and Philipp Hess (Ifremer), with 11 labs from the University of Nantes and 5 research units from Ifremer (i.e. 130 researchers in overall), working on several types of sea hazards (marine submersions, toxic algae, biodeposits on devices at sea, alien species…) and on the potential value of marine resources (invasive species, sea water treatment). IUML researchers from various disciplines are also involved in many other projects at the national or international levels (HUMAN SEA, FEMMAR, ORECOLM, BIOTECMAR, GESTION-DURABLE (PSDR GO), MARE ECONOMICUM, AMPED, COMSAUMOL, SEAPRO, VALPENA, ERIKA, GECOPE, XYNTHIA, ESTUAIRE DE LA LOIRE, PRESPO, etc.).