Phytoplankton biodiversity multiscale characterization using advanced optical technologies

Mission: To present PHYTOSCOPE project. The aim of this project, funded by the Total Foundation, is to demonstrate the feasibility of high-resolved oceanographic optical data for better understanding of phytoplankton biodiversity and dynamics. The overall objective of PHYTOSCOPE is to demonstrate the usefulness of high-resolved oceanographic data (in the three domains: spatial, temporal and taxonomical) for better discrimination of phytoplankton composition and dynamics, related to small and large scale processes.

Approach: Documentary. Filmed during one of the field trips to the project’s study area, the Alfacs Bay, a Southern coastal embayment of the Ebro Delta in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Motion graphics used to explain some of the concepts.

Client: Institut de Ciències del Mar – Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (ICM-CSIC), TOTAL Foundation


Geo-acoustic mapping of benthic habitat distribution

Mission: To present MELCOR cruise, dedicated to acquire a high resolution geophysical dataset over the newly discovered Cold-Water Coral (CWC) mound fields of the Alboran Sea. This cruise is part of the EU FP7 Marie Curie Project GEO-HABIT, specifically fitted to study CWC communities, considered biodiversity hotspots in the deep sea.

Approach: Documentary filmed on board R/V Garcia del Cid during the MELCOR Cruise.

Client: National Oceanography Centre – Natural Environment Research Council (NOC-NERC)