Explore the marine environment
Seas and oceans represent 70% of the world's surface. They are gigantic biological reservoirs. Why not take a closer look at this treasure? Discover the participatory science programmes linked to marine environments. Here are some good reasons to visit the beaches all year round!
To the beach
The seagrass, composed of debris of plant and animal origin, contributes to the natural balance of the shoreline. As part of the food chain, these deposits also help to stabilise the coastline and are home to a diverse range of species closely linked to this environment. Help the researchers to study them! Using simple scientific protocols, they will guide you, for example, in identifying algae within a well-defined area. Their objective is to collect data to better preserve an ecosystem subject to anthropogenic and climatic changes. Would you like to contribute?
Focus on the coastline
If you like photography, take part in the BioLit programme (BIOdiversity of the Coastline), which focuses on the evolution of coastal habitats and species. On the foreshore, carry out surveys of the flora (kelp) and fauna (periwinkles). They will provide valuable answers to the scientific and environmental questions of our researchers. The protocol to follow is adapted to all audiences: take a picture of a periwinkle on the kelp, or failing that, the habitat where you spotted it, then post your photo on the BioLit website. And that's it! All the data is processed by the Museum's teams and then returned via the "BioLimetre", the online newsletter of the Planète Mer association. Examine the coastline...
Yachtsmen and people involved with the sea are regularly invited to sample plankton in the roadsteads of Brest and Lorient, as well as in Concarneau Bay. This gives our scientists the opportunity to get a simultaneous view of this ecosystem and the fish larvae that are sensitive to its composition. Between 10 and 20 boats take part in the adventure 3 times a year. Would you like to join them with yours? Studying the planktonic community over the long term and measuring its seasonal variability provides a better understanding of our coastal ecosystems. This is essential in a context of global change affecting the blue planet.