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The ESASEA chair will be dedicated to European Spatial Studies of Sea and Coastal zones”and mainly to train geography, historianand biology students on the achievements of the European Union and more specifically of the European Space Agency (ESA).

The ESASEA chair will specifically focus on the spatial domain of sea and coastal. As part of the European Copernicus program but also of national devices (Equipex GEOSUD, THEIA Cluster) the satellite data are becoming more and more easily accessible, at the level of the scientific community, companies or the general public. At the same time, the massive opening up of digital data in different forms (spatialized or not) and relating to different domains and their relationship with satellite data, opens up new avenues for research and applications. For the Marine and Coastal Sciences, the challenge is to advance through space missions on fundamental issues such as climate change, pollution control, sustainable exploitation of the oceans, offshore energy, navigation, protection of the coastal environment and coastal infrastructure planning, etc.

The ESASEA Chair will allow a more coherent approach to these issues and strengthen the coordination between the fields of spatial studies on the sea and the coastline from European spatial data and with the new European technology (free European software: SNAP, etc).

The project proposes 4 specific objectives:

  • Promote the training of youngexpertsand future professionals aware of the achievements of the European Union and more specifically of the European Space Agency (ESA) in terms of space policy with a particular focus on applications on the sea and the coast. With more than 110h per year of teaching on these issues, the Chair will strengthen the European vision of teaching on remote sensing of the sea and the coastline from the 3rd year of Geography as well as at the Master (EGEL and Marine Renewable Energy) and doctoral level in particular within the framework of research seminars that it will create.

  • Ensure a better understanding of the issues related to the use of European satellite data and new European technologieson the sea and the coastline of the University Community: the Chair, in the framework of teaching and seminars, will mobilize the researchers of the IUEM in marine sciences. The Chair and his team will put their expertise at the service of European research projects in which Sea Science researchers in particular participate, using European spatial data and new European technologies.

  • Strengthen spatial expertise on the sea and coastline by creating a pole of excellence through links with centres for space research on the sea and the coastline in Europe and in the world.

  • Promote a broad public understanding of the societal challenges of using European satellite data and new technologies in the field of the sea and coastline.

This Chair will make students, civil society and the general public in general aware of the fact that the European Union, thanks to its mastery of space techniques, can play a leading global role in protecting the environment and managing the planet's resources of the sea and coastal zones.