EPIGRAM (Integrated Physical Studies in the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic-Channel Region)



The EPIGRAM project for Integrated Physical Studies in the Bay of Biscay and the Atlantic-Channel region concerns the dynamics of French Atlantic coastal regions (Bay of Biscay and English Channel). Thanks to the development of operational coastal oceanography and the need to monitor these seas in real time for economic, public health, or even military reasons, this coastal region has recently reinvigorated scientific research into ocean dynamics.

The oceanic processes studied in this project range from the frequently occurring to the seasonally variable. Hydrodynamic studies are privileged. The main scientific goal is to improve understanding of the main dynamic processes of the continental shelf and its edges in the English Channel and Bay of Biscay regions, as well as the ability of digital models to represent it.

The project is divided into several focuses, including the study of tidal effects.


List of participating organizations


  • ANR: Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ref.: ANR-08-BLAN-0330-01)
  • CNRS/INSU : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers (ref. CNRS/INSU/LEFE/IDAO - EPIGRAM)
  • IFREMER: Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer
  • SHOM: Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (French navy hydrographic and oceanographic service)
  • Météo-France
  • AZTI (Spain)
  • MERCATOR Ocean
  • EPOC: Environnements et Paléoenvironnements OCéaniques
  • Géosciences Montpellier
  • IMFT: Institute of Fluid Mechanics of Toulouse
  • LA: Laboratoire d'aérologie
  • LEGI: Laboratoire des Ecoulements Géophysiques et Industriels
  • LEGOS: Laboratoire d'Etudes en Géophysique et Océanographie Spatiales
  • LOCEAN Laboratoire d'Océanographie et du Climat : Expérimentation et Approches Numériques
  • LOG: Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences
  • LPO: Laboratoire de Physique des Océans
  • LSEET: Laboratoire de Sondages Electromagnétiques de l'Environnement Terrestre
  • Laboratoire de Saint-Cyr Coëtquidan


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Last updated: 12/12/2012

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