MEOP – Observing the ocean with the help of marine animals
Some marine mammals travel thousands of kilometres to find their food, continuously diving to great depths. By instrumenting them, it is possible to directly observe their foraging behaviour. Simultaneously, we collect unique oceanographic data in the remote Polar regions.
This enables a large range of studies at the interface between physical oceanography and behavioural ecology, helping us to better understand how marine predators use their environment while simultaneously mapping physical properties such as temperature and salinity in previously unexplored places.