CREOCEAN An Active Player in Oceanographic and Marine Environment Research and Innovation
R&D and innovation have a strategic role at CREOCEAN, which is why a special unit was created in 2012 to better coordinate the company’s research and innovation activities.
Through R&D and innovation, we are continuously improving the tools and techniques that we use at CREOCEAN. Our goal is to use innovation to enhance the performance of the company, to remain competitive, and to develop new markets. R&D woks are approached as part of a process of constant change.
CREOCEAN supports and supervises PhD theses in a wide range of fields, such as 3D photogrammetry (for the assessment and monitoring of coral health), the risks associated with climate related sea level rise (INSeaPTION project in the Pacific), mangroves restoration and marine spatial planning (PLANIMER project in Brazil).
CREOCEAN contributes to numerous collaborative research projects (H2020, Feder, Life, CIFRE theses…), and cooperates with many public research bodies. Many projects are featured in scientific papers in international science journals, or in conference papers.
CREOCEAN has contributed to the publishing of several scientific books and atlases as well as educational books on scuba diving and marine biology.
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Towards an innovative system for managing Posidonia banks
CREOCEAN, BRGM and their partners are carrying out a full-scale experiment to assess the effectiveness of managing Posidonia banks using the “millefeuille” technique, taking into account geomorphological, hydrodynamic, ecological and socio-economic aspects.
Evaluating the performance of innovative monitoring tools
To meet the growing need for relevant observations of marine habitats and their evolution in the face of increasing anthropogenic pressures, the InnoMoTo project aims to test innovative tools, for two emblematic habitats of the Mediterranean: coralligenous and Posidonia meadows.
CREAtion of Specific Coastal NURSeries.
In collaboration with STELLA MARE and the companies Architeuthis and SM2 Solutions Marines, CREANURS aimed to create and establish nurseries type "micro-habitats" in onshore coastal waters (intended for the early stages of marine organisms subject to high natural mortality: post-larvae and juveniles) or spawning grounds (for spawners of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, echinoderms, etc. from shallow coastal waters). The project was funded by the RMC Water Agency
New quantitative tools using photogrammetry for 3D modeling to study the coral reefs environment.
Since the 1960s, quantitative studies of benthic reef communities have been based on transects and quadrats. Advances in underwater photography and video technology have enabled the advent of other sampling methods such as photoquadrats and video tracking. These techniques, however, are not suitable for quantifying the three-dimensional characteristics of a reef (colony volume, habitat complexity and roughness). This limitation is problematic for the study of coral ecosystems whose three-dimensional structural complexity is a fundamental characteristic.