The RSBE² team has very strong expertise in studying the functioning of estuarine and coastal ecosystems. This expertise is internationally recognized, in particular for the mapping by remote sensing of the biodiversity and biomass of the primary producers of coastal ecosystems, and the original coupling between satellite remote sensing and the ecophysiology of organisms. The strength of RSBE² is this ability to be able to observe and study coastal areas from the scale of organisms (even the subcellular scale) to that of the ecosystem as a whole.

The RSBE² team develops and improves skills in remote sensing applied to the mapping of coastal ecosystems, by coupling hyperspectral imagery and measurement of carbon flux at the air-sediment interface. The team is also developing the analysis of time series of satellite images to estimate changes in the structure and phenology of coastal habitats. These approaches are always associated with an ecophysiological approach to organisms, in particular by measuring modulated fluorescence and energy balances, coupled with an ecotoxicological approach focusing on the impacts of emerging pollutants, such as rare earths elements and microplastics, on organisms.

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The research projects of the RSBE2 team, are focusing on three axes:

1) Assessing the risks associated with the exposure of estuarine and coastal food web organisms to emerging contaminants.

2) Estimation by multi-scale remote sensing (from the organism to global mapping) of the fate of carbon in the intertidal mudflats;

3) Remote sensing and aquaculture: from hyperspectral imaging of organisms to the study of the dynamics of aquaculture coastal ecosystems.

Research expertise

  • Benthic ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Emerging pollutants
  • Biodiversity & ecophysiology of benthic microalgae
  • Shellfish aquaculture
  • Hyperspectral & satellite Remote Sensing
  • Ocean color and nearshore remote sensing