CLS, a subsidiary of CNES (French Space Agency) and IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea), develops satellite services in location and environmental data collection, space oceanography and radar detection. CLS offers services in three major domains: environmental monitoring, maritime security, and management of marine resources. CLS has a broad experience in satellite data processing altimetry data, sea surface temperature, ocean colour and radar imagery as well as in in-situ data processing (ARGO float, drifters, and tide gauges).
Since 2006, CLS has developed a team for marine Ecosystems modeling to contribute to a better understanding of how marine ecosystems function, under the influence of both human activities and climate-environmental variability. It also provides useful tools for ecosystem-based management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources, especially the so-called SEAPODYM (Spatial Ecosystem And Population Dynamics Model) software.
The Pacific Community (SPC) is the principal scientific and technical organisation in the Pacific region, proudly supporting development since 1947.
SPC is an international development organisation owned and governed by its 26 country and territory members. SPC works for the well-being of Pacific people through the effective and innovative application of science and knowledge, guided by a deep understanding of Pacific Island contexts and cultures.
Much of our focus is on major cross-cutting issues, such as climate change, disaster risk management, food security, gender equality, human rights, non-communicable diseases and youth employment. Using a multi-sector approach in responding to our members’ development priorities, we draw upon skills and capabilities from around the region and internationally, and support the empowerment of Pacific communities and sharing of expertise and skills between countries and territories.
The Pelagic Fisheries Research Program (PFRP) of the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR), under the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) has funded several research projects allowing progress in the development of SEAPODYM parameter optimization and applications of the model to analyse climate change impact on Pacific tropical tuna. His Director, Dr John Sibert has been of great inspiration and support.
The Large Pelagic Research Center (LPRC) funded a project which was essential to start new developments for integrating tagging data in the parameter optimisation approach of SEAPODYM. Modeled after the Pelagic Fisheries Research Group (PFRP) in the Pacific, LPRC began as a Center to stimulate and conduct research on key species of interest to commercial and recreational fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Atlantic Ocean. The Center, established in 2003 at the University of New Hampshire, functioned as an academic research group and as a coordinator and source of extramural funding for other large pelagic species research. In 2015, LPRC joined the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Graduate School of Marine Science.
We acknowledge also The European Commission that has been our major funding partner through various research and development projects.