Monaco, Observatoire Océanologique Européen


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4 Quai Antoine 1er
B.P. 800
98012 Monaco   MONACO
Tel : + 377 97 97 72 72
Fax : + 377 97 97 72 73
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr. David Osborn

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
other: technical assistance

Main sectors of research
environmental chemistry, radiochemistry, radioecology, marine pollution, biogeochemistry

Current major projects
biogeochemistry of hydrothermal vents, particle and contaminant flux, radionuclide distributions in the world oceans, pesticide and metal cycling, Black Sea biogeochemical studies

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 24 others : 12

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 1500 teaching : 400
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 100 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
we use vessels belonging to French Institutes, Musée Océanographique de Monaco and the Service de la Marine de Monaco

Other major research facilities and equipment
counting detectors for alpha, beta and gamma radionuclides, ICP-MS, atomic absorption spectrophotometers, GC-MS, sediment traps, in-situ filtration pumps, plankton nets, sediment corers

Ecosystem types available nearby
pelagic and nearshore ecosystems

Areas of taxonomic expertise
plankton, coastal benthos

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    we collect mainly samples (organisms, water and sediments) for analysis but do not keep collections of these

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
office and laboratory space

Training courses
yes no
IAEA courses on marine radioactivity, analyses for heavy metals, pesticides and petroleum, hydrocarbon compounds

Capacity and brief description of library
books : 2000 ; periodicals : 30 ;
it is a wing of the main IAEA library at the Vienna International Center and is not available for public use

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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