Biological and chemical indicators of urban contamination

Projet en cours

Budget 3 948 K€
Cofinanceur publics ANR and PACA local authorities
Year of labeling 2009
Year of co-financing 2009

The IBISCUS project aims to develop the identification and quantification of pollutants (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), pesticide residues and faecal contamination), based on the fluorescent properties of molecules representative of pollutants in the organic matrix of coastal waters and to develop technology for continuous acquisition through the use of LED fluorescence sensors, and their integration into marine environment autonomous monitoring craft.

The originality and ambitious nature of the project is due to the pairing of the development of quantifying pollutants through fluorescence spectroscopy (or spectrofluorimetry), the use of laboratory experiment results to design new sensors and the interaction with a business specialising in optical instruments (MICROMODULE), with extensive experience in the use of LEDs in the measurement of fluorescence at very high sensitivity and collaborating with a company that manufactures autonomous underwater vehicles (SEA EXPLORER from ACSA).

This project to develop instruments is part of the growing field of operational oceanography that is now occurring.