Between observation infrastructures and users, Mercator Ocean is a non-profit company employing a team of 60 persons which ensures the continuity from research to oceanographic operational services. Mercator Océan has nine research and operational governmental shareholders (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Institut pour la Recherche et le Développement (IRD), Météo-France (the French Meteorological office), Naval Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service (SHOM), Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER (IFREMER), the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC s.r.l.), Met-Office (the UK Meteorological office), National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), and Puerto Del Estado. Over the last 15 years, Mercator Ocean has been playing a leading role in operational oceanography at international level and European level. After having successfully coordinated the European MyOcean projects since 2009, Mercator Ocean was officially appointed by the European Commission on November, 2014 to define, manage, implement and operate the "Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service" (CMEMS) (as part of the European Earth observation program, Copernicus) on its current multi-annual financial framework 2014-2020. Mercator Ocean also defines and manages the service evolution and user uptake of the CMEMS activities.

Role in the project

In ESiWACE, MOI is in charge, with CMCC, of developing and testing the performances of a new global oceanic configuration at very high resolution (1/36°).


Names of the colleagues involved

Romain Bourdallé-Badie, Clément Bricaud, Yann Drillet


Relevant infrastructure and services available for climate & weather

MOI has access to the following High Performance Computers Centers:

  • Meteo-France super computers: 2 Bull clusters. Each computer is composed by more 1800 nodes with 40 processors by node and 64 Go by node.

  • ECMWF supercomputer: A cray XC30 with 3480 nodes of 24 processors.

  • Internal computing facilities: Bull computer with 66 nodes of 24 processors and 64Go by node.