Technology at work in oceanography and climate change.
Make a huge network of tools for studying the oceans in order to understand substantial changes in climate, then test your mini floating lab in real-life conditions on a boat you’ll learn to sail!
The ocean needs your ingenuity and technological know-how! Changes in climate - at the heart of our environmental interest - are often rooted in the state of health of the oceans. Imagine yourself discovering state-of-the-art techniques, ocean study markers (ocean currents, temperature, salinity...). And at the same time, learn to sail a boat to test these instruments at sea.
Ocean currents, temperature, salinity, and acidity will no longer be a mystery to you, and that’s good news because on this stay you’re joining in on the research project CETIS from Objectif Sciences International: to better understand the oceans, to concern ourselves with studying them, is to begin to protect them for tomorrow.
THE CAMP :
You’ll be participating in research on spacial oceanography. What’s that, you ask? It’s the use of space to better understand the oceans. For this, you’ll construct mini-drones which float on the oceans and communicate with satellites to bring us information on the main marine currents which regulate the planet’s climate.
During your camp you’ll also learn how to sail, because to test and launch these tools, you’ll have to be able to go to sea.
That’s not all: to further help you understand the link between space and satellites, you’ll experience the set-up of a rocket launch!
This camp is therefore a unique opportunity:
- to discover oceanography and main marine currents
- to learn how to sail
- to construct markers (mini-drone/small robotic tool) for monitoring the oceans
- to deepen your understanding of satellites and rockets by experiencing the set-up of a water-rocket
Close proximity to the camp Marine ROV (mini-submarine) mean we also have the opportunity to try out these submarines to test their marine observation technology (such as photographing seabeds, testing temperature sensors etc.) and guarantees an even richer exchange!
THE RESEARCH :
The ocean covers 70% of the planet; it’s the primary motor of the ’climate machine’. The main ocean currents regulate climate all around the world. To understand their evolution and their future is one of our most important concerns in order to anticipate and take control of the changes in climate to come.
A drifting buoy is a powerful tool for studying the oceans. It’s an independent mini-lab which continuously measures the physical characteristics of the water (temperature and salinity). These buoys are dropped off on boat expeditions in the main ocean currents, and communicate their position and all their gathered water-data in real-time by satellite.
In addition to learning how to sail out to sea, you’ll learn how to build these drifting buoys in an electronics lab kitted-out especially for this camp. Once constructed, you’ll set out to test them in the sea. This technological research accompanies submarine tests to observe the seabeds, and learning about rocket launches, with the goal of mastering all the tools of spatial oceanography.
The technological results of this camp will be used in the expedition-camps on the CETIS programme (specifically, the markers will be launched on the camps involved with larger expeditions (the Azores, for example)).
Once the drifting buoy is launched, you can find it on an online map showing the network of instruments deployed at sea.
Equipment for the electronics lab (soldering iron, electronic components, metallic screws...)
Equipment for constructing a watertight chamber (plastic cylinder, sealing ring, ballast)
Equipment for launching the water-rocket
Cameras and waterproof video camera
The camp will take place in the Iroise Sea, covering an area of 3500 km2, with 300 kilometers of coast, and both above and below the surface of the water you’ll find a great number of ecosystems characteristic of the Breton marine environment: dunes, cliffs, archipelagos, moors, islands, and rocky and sedimentary beds. In addition, it has been classed as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1988. The variety of these landscapes, couples with unique sea-access to several sites, explains why this area has such a biodiversity focus. This renowned sea, though feared by sailors, is quite navigable in summer. Swell and storms are quite rare and, on the contrary, the turquoise waters of the creeks reveal themselves and the islands become easily accessible. The ’Parc naturel marin d’Iroise’ (natural marine park of the Iroise, or PNMI), the first French marine park, has the objective of protecting and promoting these riches. It offers an exceptional natural marine heritage, and a multitude of professional or leisure activities. The lands of the Iroise sea are diverse, and breathtakingly beautiful. The PMNI is an effective tool for harmonising respect for the environment and human activities.
Accommodation is planned to be in a youth hostel or typical Breton campsite, close to port and to beaches so that we can get on to the water quickly.
The hostel offers total comfort, with bedrooms for small groups (4 people) and activity rooms to fully lay out everything you want to build.
DAILY LIFE ON SITE
No two days will look alike!
At the beginning of the camp, sailing lessons alternate with the construction of ocean-science Science La science est désormais l’affaire de tous. Découvrez la science d’une manière ludique et active. Nous vous proposons d’en découvrir plus sur nos expéditions à la voile, découverte du plancton. tools in the laboratory.
Then at the end of the camp, the two will come together as you move on to testing the tools in the sea from the boat.
It will be a test of ingenuity to modify your creations right there on the boat.
Life at the centre will be comfortable: meals will be served by the hostel, the kitchen is at your disposal for lunch, you have access to showers, and comfortable small-group bedrooms.
The centre is ideally situated to allow you to enjoy the beach in your free time.
The camp will follow a progression of apprenticeship and independent work in the field. The apprenticeship sessions and implementation will take place according to the wind and weather conditions, and will alternate between trips out to sea and sessions in the workshop.
Knowledge of sailing and basic sailing techniques
Moving on to the sail, adjusting the sails, and charting a course from the helm of the boat.
Concepts of navigation and marine maps.
Marine current and climate regulation
Physical conditions of the oceans (temperature/salinity)
Concepts of drifting buoys (which follow the current)
Basic electronics and et and on-board electronics
Launching of satellites and rockets
Local life :
Exploring the the region of Brittany
Coastal sporting activities
Throughout, the camps will alternate between learning, putting knowledge into practice in the field, going out to sea by sailboat, and sport and recreational activities.
These different areas are organised and constructed in direct collaboration with the young people from the beginning of the camp according to their interests, knowledge, level of experience etc... it’s clearly an interactive camp!
THE CETIS PROGRAMME
The oceans are the future of the planet. Occupying 70% of the earth’s surface, they produce 65% of the oxygen we breathe, and make up the biggest and first link of the entire food chain. An incredible source of life, they are home to the richest biodiversity in the world, and yet the least well-understood. The movement of the currents is the motor of the climate machine; it’s the ocean that regulates the climate and the weather. For all these reasons, studying of the ocean is one of the major concerns of our century.
The CETIS programme cares about all of these topics, and as such collects diverse data to better understand each component and their interactions.
To better understand the ocean today is to better preserve the ocean tomorrow.
The scientific partners of the CETIS programme: Ifremer, Oceanopolis, Plancton du monde, CNRS...
The CETIS programme is made possible by passionate organisations and teams.
Cédric Courson : Founder and president of the association “Astrolabe Expéditions”, he is the head of the CETIS programme.
Sailor and scientist, passionate about the seas and the stars, he is also a mediator and scientific tutor and is in charge of scientific content and the technical branch of the programme.
Florent Delorge: founder of the association “Rêver aux 4 coins” (“To dream of 4 corners”), he is the pedagogical lead and director of all camps with CETIS. School teacher and sports fanatic, he is in charge of the logistical organisation together with the pedagogical programme of the camps.
Anosone Sygnavong and Louise Renard: in charge of programme development for CETIS, it’s thanks to them that the activities have grown and diversified, they are also there to respond to all your questions.
Anosone introduced the “Mix-it-up” programme and is engaged with the CETIS programme in order to bring our activities to as many people as possible.
Louise started up a satellite programme in the Caribbean to take our camps across the Atlantic.
Hugo Mayere: State-certified skipper, Hugo is the skipper and technical advisor who will take charge of the CETIS programme’s boats. He also holds a degree in Biology and in Computer Science Science La science est désormais l’affaire de tous. Découvrez la science d’une manière ludique et active. Nous vous proposons d’en découvrir plus sur nos expéditions à la voile, découverte du plancton. and will be the co-ordinator of most of the CETIS camps.
The association Astrolabe Expéditions, project partner, brings their know-how and their sailboats to the CETIS research program
Collaborate with scientific organizations. Actively take part in participative science research programs. All this is possible with our plankton discovery sailing expedition.
The association Rêver aux quatres coins (To dream of four corners) brings their expertise and know-how to the camps of the CETIS programme.
During the camp: the framing team will be made up of two to three people in total, covering the following skills:
The skipper, whose role will be to guide the pair of sailors and to ensure the security of the team during their work. His expert knowledge of navigation and of the ocean makes him a crucial team-member from whom the campers can learn and/or deepen their sailing skills.
The scientific tutor: specialist in scientific operations. He will teach the campers about the various processes to be carried-out and about monitoring techniques.
The pedagogical tutor: veteran of holiday camps and of all types of instruction, he will have the answers to your logistical questions during the camp.
We have chosen to set off with a group of just eight campers, with the goal of creating a more convivial atmosphere and to create conditions conducive to a quality camp and superior teaching, where each may be initiated in their own time to the various activities.
Brest has an SNCF train station and an airport. It is also possible to get to Crozon by bus or sea shuttle. Arrival at Brest train station or at the airport is equally possible, where a tutor will collect you by car.
Pack for the boat with comfort and practicality in mind: waterproof jacket and trousers, lycra, and boots are essential. Even if the weather in July is pleasant in Brittany, the wind can get up when you move away from the coast. Cold is one of the main causes of seasickness and can be easily avoided with appropriate clothing and kit.
The majority of the camp will take place on board the boat. As such, you will not need to be particularly fit or sporty, but it is nevertheless necessary to have good general health, and be able to handle a sea that is generally calm but could create waves that rock the boats a little. On land it is equally important to have in mind that we will be going on hikes, sometimes for many hours and kilometers.
We offer to sign placement slips for students enrolled on the camp and who wish to validate it as a university placement.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What do I need to bring ?
Bedding: You’ll need a sleeping bag. Bed sheets are provided as well as pillows and pillowcases.
Seagoing clothes: Even though you’ll be at sea during the summertime, it can quickly become humid and cold in exposed waters. Deck boots (in addition to walking boots/comfortable shoes), jackets, salopettes, fleeces, are all necessary.
Photo/video/computer equipment: Even though all the equipment will be provided on-site, you may, if you wish, bring your own photo/video/computer equipment to make yourself more at home, the tutors are also there to help you (with cameras or software installation on your computer).
=> IEssential: Don’t forget caps, hats, sunscreen and sunglasses (preferably polarized)
What happens if I get seasick ?
Seasickness isn’t the end of the world, everyone can get it (like everyone catches colds), and you can take certain steps to prevent it. To do that you should camp active and listen to your body (go to bed when you feel tired and eat when you’re hungry). We often talk about the 3 golden rules: don’t be hungry, don’t be cold, don’t be tired! A good mindset is an important factor in combatting seasickness (helping you to stay active and strong rather than getting fatigued).
Some people are more susceptible to seasickness than others, which is why it is necessary to speak about it with your doctor/pharmacist so that you have, if necessary, the appropriate medication (anti travel-sickness medication, an anti-seasickness bracelet, etc).
It’s good to be well-prepared because seasickness can quickly spoil your trip!
Getting accustomed to life at sea is equally important, it generally takes up to two nights for your body to adapt to the environment.
Do I need navigation experience to take part in this camp ?
This camp involves a few hours of navigation a day. Technically speaking, no particular competence is needed, neither for sailing nor for science, you’ll learn all you need to know during the camp.
Do I need to bring specific clothing ?
Yes, navigation at sea can be long and cold. You must therefore bring warm clothes, like hiking fleeces, and waterproof clothing for your upper and lower body (waterproof jacket and k-way trousers).
While we don’t usually think about warm clothing in the summer, at the helm of the boat for several hours a night, with the wind, it’s easy to get cold which in turn leads to fatigue (loss of calories) and therefore seasickness. To avoid that, it is very important to keep warm.
Can we recharge our electrical devices on a boat ?
At the port and the centre, you can access 220V and there’s no limitation on recharging your devices. At sea, the boat only has 12v and in limited quantity. The batteries are therefore principally reserved for use by the onboard instruments. It is nevertheless possible, while sailing, to connect your computer to the boat’s 12v outlet to use or recharge it (just like in a car).
Telephones are useless at the sea because of the lack of network coverage...
Can I make phone calls/communicate at sea ?
There are communication tools at sea which allow summary exchanges between the boats or with the ports. They’re primarily for receiving weather reports or to issue requests for help.
Any telephone or internet communication will have to wait until you’re back at port and the hostel.
- Photo par Fred Tanneau
Daniela Zeppilli, PhD, International Postdoctoral Fellow of Excellence in Marine Sciences
LabexMER University of Brest, Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (European University Institute of the Sea), Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la MER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea)
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