This field studies the condition and distortion level in the environment, as an essential introduction to any policy for protecting natural environments or sustainable, reasoned planning of territories. Several approach levels come into play: inventory studies, cognitive studies, methodological studies and adjusting indices for marine and coastal environments, inventory and classification of pollution with land, marine or coastal origin, diagnosis on the quality of environments and setting up observatories, bio-sedimentary, hydro-biological, fishing studies and, in a broader sense, ecological studies.

These studies are completed by know-how on planning and integrated management of inshore zones: multidisciplinary and multi-player studies; they aim to offer consensual planning schemas for coastal and inshore zones, smoothing out environmental and economic constraints and assets whilst preserving the specific features induced by local uses.

Our work must help to:

  • Add value to coastal spaces and marine environments
  • Find out about and conserve coastal spaces and marine environments
  • Exploit natural resources reasonably and sustainably
  • Renew damaged sites
  • Improve knowledge of how marine ecosystems work
  • Measure an environment's sensitivity and heritage value

On the other hand, planning and development for coastal and marine zones must meet the regulatory constraints for which evolution requires the ability to respond appropriately.

  • Impact or incident studies (meeting the Water Law, the "Coast" law, the Habitats Directive, etc.),
  • Prior studies or feasibility studies,
  • Authorisation case files.

These documents aim, beyond their mere regulatory value, to guide planners in their coastal planning policy.

In this field, our teams specialising in regulation and impact studies work on many types of projects: impact of projects to build or enlarge port infrastructures (marina, fishing, trade), impact of port upkeep involving dredging, impact of extracting aggregate (extraction permission, research programmes, etc.), impact of offshore wind farm projects, anthropic release incidents (STEP, industry), impact of underwater telecommunications or energy cables and a variety of infrastructures (aquariums - wharves - aquaculture infrastructures - oil drilling, etc.).

Our teams also specialise in acquiring fundamental knowledge on how marine environments work, their wealth and how to conserve them:

  • Mapping of sea-beds and biocenosis,
  • Fauna and flora inventory
  • Setting up habitat quality indicators
  • Measuring environment protection/restoration



For environmental studies, please contact:

Channel, Atlantic Ocean and North Sea:

Philippe GUIBERT, Projects Director
Brigitte RAVAIL, Technical Advisor in Marine Environment
Zone Technocéan - Chef de Baie
Rue Charles Tellier
Phone : + 33 (0)5 46 41 13 13
Fax : + 33 (0)5 46 50 51 02
E-mail : creocean@creocean.fr

Mediterranean Sea and Tropical areas

Sébastien THORIN, Project Director
Elina DELORD, Technical Advisor Mediterranean Sea
Cécile RICHARD, Technical Advisor Tropical areas
Les Belvédères - Bâtiment B
128 Avenue de Fès
Phone : + 33 (0)4 99 23 31 65
Fax : + 33 (0)4 99 23 31 71
E-mail : montpellier@creocean.fr

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