3rd OT-Med Progress Meeting was held from 6th to 8th January 2016 in Aix- en-Provence (La Baume-les-Aix). During this event the mid-term report, the main results and the actions of OT-Med within each work package were presented, and future projects and directions were discussed. This meeting was an important step to define the priority research themes for the next OT-Med call for projects.


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6th January, Wednesday

13.30-14.00 – Welcome coffee

14.00-15.00Mid-term report by Joel Guiot (OT-Med, CEREGE)

15.00-16.00 – WP1: Understanding and evaluating Mediterranean climatic changes and natural hazards

  • Introduction by Olivier Bellier (CEREGE) and France Van Wambeke (MIO)
  • Remineralization of Organic particles in presence of Ballast mINerals (ROBIN), Virgnie Riou (MIO)

16.00-16.30 – Coffee break

16.30-17.40 – WP2: Impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on Mediterranean ecosystems and services they provide

  • Introduction by Wolfgang Cramer (IMBE) and Alexander Ereskovsky (IMBE)
  • The year 2003 as a precursor for a new type of large fires in Mediterranean France, Julien Ruffault (IRSTEA, CEREGE)

17.40-18.00 - OT-MedNet : collaboration between OT-Med and the Mediterranean network of Environmental training sites supporting OSU Institut Pytheas MASTERS' degrees, Franck Torre (IMBE)

19.00-20.00 – Welcome drink

20.00-21.00 – Dinner

21.00 – Bar

7th January, Thursday

9.00-10.00 – WP3: Human-environmental interaction: perception, adaptation and mitigation

  • Introduction by Olivier Chanel (GREQAM) and Sylvie Thoron (UPEC)

10.00-10.45 – TWP2: Toward an integrated modelling of the Mediterranean systems

10.45-11.15 – Coffee break

11.15-12.00 – TWP1: The observation systems and databases

  • Introduction by Thomas Curt (IRSTEA), Hubert Mazurek (LPED)

12.00-13.00 - Outreach and transfer of knowledge

  • Communication to secondary schools, Sophie Pekar (OT-Med)

13.00-14.15 – Lunch

14.15-15.15 – Invited talk by Jean-Pierre Gattuso (Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur Mer) "Warming and acidification of the Mediterranean Sea"

15.15-18.15 – Future directions – discussion about the projects retained by the WPs:
16.00-16.15 - Coffee break

  • Aix-Marseille Metropolis Observatory for CO2, Dominique Lefèvre (MIO)
  • Natural risks in the Mediterranean: hazard, vulnerability, perception and management (RISK MED), Samuel Robert, Alexandra Schleyer-Lindenmann & Rachel Bertoldo (ESPACE); Lucilla Benedetti, Laurence Vidal & Olivier Bellier (CEREGE); Laurent Peyras & Stéphane Bonelli (IRSTEA); Hubert Mazurek (LPED) ; WP3, WP1
  • Response of Mediterranean mineralising plankton community structures and ballasting effect to climate forcing (MedinClim), Christian Tamburini (MIO); Luc Beaufort (CEREGE), Involved researchers : Karine Leblanc, Stéphanie Jacquet, Elvira Pulido-Villena, Christos Panagiotopoulos (MIO); Kazuyo Tachikawa, Thibault De Garidel-Thoron (CEREGE) ; WP1, WP2
  • Do we live on polluted coasts ? Olivier Radakovitch (CEREGE) ; WP1, WP2
  • French Mediterranean FOREst functioning in changing environments: how will Climate Change Affect the suSTainable provision of biomass and other ecosystem services? (FORECCAST), Philip Roche (IRSTEA) + CEREGE, GREDEG, IMBE, INRA ; WP2
  • Soil changes driven by climate change at the global and Mediterranean scale, Sophie Cornu (GSE, CEREGE), Joël Guiot (CEREGE), Alberte Bondeau (IMBE) ; WP2
  • Building an urban biodiversity index to follow global biodiversity change in urbanized area: a support for management and long term surveys, Magali Deschamps-Cottin (LPED) and Bruno VILA (IMBE) ; WP2
  • Spatial and temporal adaptations of a traditional Mediterranean fishery facing Regional Change: combining history and ecology to study past, present and future of sponge harvesting, Thierry Pérez (IMBE), Daniel Faget (TELEMME) ; WP2 and WP3
  • Towards an integrated prediction of Land & Sea Responses to global change in the Mediterranean Basin, Alberte Bondeau (IMBE), Melika Baklouti (MIO) ; TWP2
  • General discussion

20.00 – Drink and dinner

8th January, Friday

9.00-10.00 – Invited talk by Philippe le Prestre (Univ. Laval, Quebec) "COP21 and the climate change doxa : towards complex governance"

10.00-10.15 - Coffee break

10.15-12.00 – Three parallel sessions

  • Meeting of the international scientific council (ISC) ("Matisse" room)
  • Meeting of the PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and OT-Med engineers ("Mistral" room)
  • Presentation of new OT-Med candidate member Forêt Méditerranéenne de l'INRA-Avignon (URFM); Discussion on the future Mediterranean Earth Institute (open to all the participants) (Plenary room)

12.00-13.00 – Final discussion, report by the ISC president

13.00-14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – End of the meeting

Programme pdf: click here


The accommodation and meals are provided by the organizers.


La Baume-les-Aix
1770 Chemin de la Blaque, 13090 Aix-en-Provence