OREME focuses its scientific activities on natural hazards and the impact of global and anthropogenic changes on the Mediterranean area, thanks to the scientific and technical skills of its partners in geosciences, hydrosciences, biodiversity sciences and ecology.
Its mission is to :
- to support the activity or development of systematic observation in the sciences of the universe and the environment;
- to support the construction of open, shared, internationally referenced environmental databases;
- encourage the pooling of analytical resources (observation, experimentation, modelling) and know-how;
- to constitute the local relay of the national observation networks, and to position itself as a strong actor in the actions turned towards the Mediterranean environment.
OREME is therefore interested in 3 fundamental questions:
- the origin and assessment of natural and man-made hazards and disturbances;
- the recording of recent and current global changes, their links with anthropogenic factors and in particular changes in the use of Mediterranean environments;
- the response of the systems and mechanisms involved.
Relying on the training components of the University of Montpellier for its pedagogical mission, OREME focuses on its capacity to mobilise heavy and permanent observation means and recognised scientific and technical skills on very diverse aspects of the Mediterranean physical, chemical and biological environment:
- Geodesy, Gravimetry and Deformation of the Earth and its Surface;
- hydrogeological, hydric and geophysical monitoring of aquifers, particularly karstic aquifers;
- monitoring of the Languedoc coastline, interface between watershed and marine area, coastline ;
- pollution and biological adaptability downstream of former mining sites ;
- Flow measurements (CO2, water, gas) and ecosystem functioning;
- phenology of terrestrial flora and fauna ;
- animal and plant community dynamics ;
- population dynamics of model organisms.
It also houses three major regional technical platforms: GLADYS on the integrated study of the coastline, AETE on the analysis of water pollution, and the Station Marine de Sète (SMEL).
OREME's permanent observation enables the collection and dissemination of data on environmental change on a national and international level, as well as the performance of fundamental or applied research.
Label : Research and Support Unit (UAR)
Main supervisors: CNRS, UM, INRAE, IRD
Scientific Department: Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Environment, Earth and Water Sciences