Created in 1984, Ifremer is a French public institute of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC).
Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to a better knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage oceanographic databases. Ifremer also operates a great part of the ocean research fleet, including all underwater systems and large-scale mobile facilities and equipments.
One of the main strategic activities of IFREMER is the development of global and regional ocean observing systems for ocean and climate research and for operational oceanography.
Since it was created, Ifremer has acquired a long experience in ocean data management. Ifremer operates the French National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) http://data.ifremer.fr and is acreditated by the IODE Committee (“International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange” (IODE) of the “Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission” (IOC) of UNESCO.
Ifremer has always considered that ocean data management is a long term strategic issue and is involved in many national, European projects and international projects. Since 2000, Ifremer coordinates the Coriolis inter-agency consortium that gathers all main French institutions involved in global and regional ocean observing systems (French contribution to GOOS). Coriolis coordinates in situ data acquisition , processing and validation for operational oceanography activities managed by Mercator-Ocean at French level and for the research community.
Presently Ifremer is coordinating the In Situ TAC contract and is in charge of the operations of the Global component of the In Situ TAC. Ifremer is also involved in the System evolution activities for the T&S global and regional product assessment and the tools enhancement to connect to the Central Information System of the CMS.