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PHARE 2002, an oceanographic research project

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  01:00:00  2002  Color  Sound

The oceanographic research project PHARE (standing for Peuplements hydrothermaux, leurs associations et relations avec l'environnement, that is, "Hydrothermal populations, their associations and relations to the environment") was implemented between April 30 and June 3, 2002 in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico on board the Atalante, an oceanographic vessel belonging to IFREMER.
The task of the CNRS researchers and IFREMER was to study animal communities living in the area of the hydrothermal springs which are formed in the depths of the ocean by volcanic activity related to the dorsal areas. The creatures in these very unusual ecosystems tolerate extreme temperature conditions and the highest concentrations of sulphides and metals on Earth. Cut off from the light of the sun, these ecosystems are based on chemosynthesis.
To explore these ocean depths, the scientists use Victor, a multi-instrument robot able to function at a depth of more than 6000 meters, while being entirely remote-controlled from the surface. Victor is equipped with two manipulator arms which enable it to position measuring devices and to collect samples. It is also equipped with seven cameras and powerful lighting equipment. The scientists divide up the samples collected by Victor by discipline - biology, microbiology, ecophysiology, chemistry, and geology. Various innovative pieces of equipment have been developed by the research teams; in particular, pressurized chambers replicate the pressure and temperature conditions in the natural environment of these deep-sea organisms.

Author : TERNAY Jean-François (CNRS Images media, UPS CNRS, Ivry-sur-Seine)
Director : TERNAY Jean-François (CNRS Images media, UPS CNRS, Ivry-sur-Seine)
Scientific adviser : GAILL Françoise (Biologie du développement, UMR CNRS, Paris) LE BRIS Nadine (Ifremer, Brest)
Scientific referent : GAILL FrançoiseLE BRIS Nadine
Audiovisual processPrises de vues réelles. Utilisation de prises de vues sous-marines et d'images au microscope.
Commentaire voix off et interventions en son direct. Musique.
PersonnalitiesSHILLITO Bruce(CNRS-Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie); LALLIER François(CNRS-Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie); CAMBON Marie-Anne(IFREMER); ZBINDEN Magali(CNRS); GAILL Françoise(CNRS); FABRI Marie-Claire(IFREMER); LE BRIS Nadine(IFREMER); SARRADIN Pierre-Marie(IFREMER); DESBRUYERES Daniel(IFREMER); ZAL Franck(CNRS); RAVAUX Juliette(CNRS-Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie); LOPEZ-GARCIA Purificacion(CNRS); PHILIPPOT Pascal(CNRS)
Date of broadcasting02/01/2006 (France 5)
Rediffusions2008/06/29 (Cinaps TV)   2008/08/17 (Cinaps TV)   2008/08/21 (Cinaps TV)   2008/08/22 (Cinaps TV)   2008/07/03 (Cinaps TV)   2008/07/04 (Cinaps TV)  
NotesIfremer : Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer.


Pacific Ocean

Technical Sheet
Item No.1053
PublicTeaching ; Research
Original SupportVideo DV Cam ; video Beta SP
DistributionSale (private use), Sale (institutionnal use)
Delivery supportBeta SP