The French President visits the tide gauge stand at Tonnerres de Brest 2012

 

On Saturday 14 July 2012, "Les Tonnerres de Brest 2012", the great international maritime festival, received a visit from Monsieur François Hollande, the French President. In particular, during his visit, he dropped into the village of sciences and technologies of the sea. The president stopped at the tide gauging stand: "The sea level: observe, predict and understand. A world reference, a unique observatory: Brest, on the leading edge of tide gauging technology for the last 300 years".

Le président de la République devant le stand marégraphie écoutant les explications fournies par le directeur général du SHOM

 

Le président de la république devant le stand marégraphie

 

Affluence devant le stand marégraphique

 

The president's interest in the change in the sea level at Brest in the last 300 years

In particular, Ingénieur général de l'armement Bruno Frachon, Director General of the French Navy's hydrographic and oceanographic service (SHOM) showed the President the graph indicating the change in the sea level at Brest since 1700. On completion of the presentation, the president asked several questions concerning the trends in sea level changes and the quality of the historical data.

 

Le Président de la République et le Directeur Général du SHOM devant le stand marégraphie du village des sciences - Tonnerres de Brest 2012

 

Storm surge flooding warning and tsunami alert system

Over and above the studies into the mean sea level, the discussions also included the operational applications to which the RONIM tide gauge network established by SHOM contributes, transmitting water height measurements in real-time. In particular, they include: 

  • The tsunami alert centre for the Western Mediterranean and North-East Atlantic (CENALT) run by the CEA;
  • The storm surge flood warning system (VVS) controlled by Météo-France.

 

The tide gauging stand deployed in the village of sciences and technologies of the sea

The tide gauging stand deployed in the village of sciences and technologies of the sea

 

Detailed shot of the graph showing the change in sea level at Brest over the last 300 years, presented in the village of sciences and technologies of the sea

Detailed shot of the graph showing the change in sea level at Brest over the last 300 years, presented in the village of sciences and technologies of the sea

 

 

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