LTSER Zone Atelier Brest Iroise - France

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Site Name
LTSER Zone Atelier Brest Iroise
Short name
ZABRI
Country
France
Operating Organisation
Site Description
The LTSER Zone Atelier Brest Iroise, created in 2012, is located in Brittany, NW-France. It aims at understanding the functioning and the long-term dynamics of the social-ecological system located along the land-ocean continuum. It combines work along different gradients and at different interfaces: between Earth compartments (sediment-water-atmosphere, land-ocean), tools (observation, experimentation, modeling), disciplines (especially between natural and human and social sciences) and between science and society. About half of the area (3000 km2) is terrestrial, including the watersheds of the Elorn (280 km2, 285,000 inhabitants mostly in the Brest area) and the Aulne (1820 km2, 70,000 inhabitants) rivers which are characterized by intensive agricultural practices. The Bay of Brest is a semi-enclosed coastal Bay, with an area of 180 km2. Part of this Bay and of the Aulne estuary is a Natura 2000 site, operated by the “Parc Naturel Regional d’Armorique” (PNRA). The marine part (3550 km2) of this land-ocean continuum is the Iroise Sea, comprising beaches, the continental shelf, the Sein Island and the Molène-Ouessant archipelago. This area corresponds to the limits of the first marine natural protected area created in France in 2007 (the “Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise”, PNMI). This area presents exceptional natural and human heritage, including a rich marine biodiversity, human traditions and emblematic activities (e.g. great Scallop fishing).
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2020-09-23 08:09:56

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General Characteristics and Status
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2012
Parameters
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Installation of pressure sensor for wave and tide measurements ©E. Amice, CNRS

Installation of pressure sensor for wave and tide measurements ©E. Amice, CNRS

Abalone fishing on the foreshores of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Abalone fishing on the foreshores of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Sale of abalones on the port of the island of Molène in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Sale of abalones on the port of the island of Molène in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Physico-chemical measurements on the seabed of the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Physico-chemical measurements on the seabed of the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Oceanographic diving in the bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Oceanographic diving in the bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Grey seal in the kelp forests of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Grey seal in the kelp forests of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Reseeding operation of scallops carried out by scientists and fishermen in the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Reseeding operation of scallops carried out by scientists and fishermen in the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Armeria Maritima on an islet of the Molène archipelago in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Armeria Maritima on an islet of the Molène archipelago in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Shore of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Shore of the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Landscape view of the Molène archipelago ©E. Amice, CNRS

Landscape view of the Molène archipelago ©E. Amice, CNRS

Disturbance of seabirds by human frequentation in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Disturbance of seabirds by human frequentation in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Underwater sensors in the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Underwater sensors in the Bay of Brest ©E. Amice, CNRS

Installation of a meteorological station on the island of Sein in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Installation of a meteorological station on the island of Sein in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Construction of an experimental structure between land and sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Construction of an experimental structure between land and sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Storm arriving in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Storm arriving in the Iroise Sea ©E. Amice, CNRS

Geographic
Size
600000.00ha
Elevation (average)
50.00msl
Elevation (min)
0.00msl
Elevation (max)
60.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
LTER EuropeThis site is a verified "LTER Europe" member.
LTER France (LTER_EU_FR_007)This site is a verified "LTER France" member.
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