France’s Priority Research Program “Ocean of Solutions”

France’s Priority Research Program “Ocean of Solutions”

France’s Priority Research Program “Ocean of Solutions” 1920 1272 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (IFREMER), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) – France

The PPR Ocean of Solutions aims at addressing ocean-related societal challenges through integrated research.

5 thematic challenges have been identified: anticipation and adaptation to extreme events in overseas territories; prediction of climate-driven changes in polar oceans; protecting ocean biodiversity; sustainable management of marine physical and biological resources; characterization of ocean exposome due to pollutions. 2 transversal challenges will also be addressed: coupling of ocean observation and modelling; increasing ocean literacy. The PPR Ocean of Solutions has been announced by the French President in December 2019 as a major contribution of France to the UN Ocean Decade. Although funding is available to French research teams only, this ambitious program also aims at fostering international collaborations on identified challenges.

Start Date: 01/06/2021
End Date: 30/12/2027

Lead Contact: François Houllier (

challenges: 1- Understand and beat marine pollution, 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 3- Sustainable Blue Food, 4- Sustainable Ocean Economy, 5- Ocean-Climate Nexus, 6- Coastal Resilience, 7- Ocean Observations, 8- Digital Representation of the Ocean, 9- Capacity Development, 10- Behaviour Change, All Challenges
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, South Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean
type_of_action: Contribution


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