The main goals
Long-term datas answer four fundamental questions:
By relying on these observatories and on the constant support of public and private donors, the CEBC is an important player in observational ecology in France and abroad. This implies an ability to mobilize heavy and long-lasting observation resources and recognized scientific and technical skills, particularly in the fields of demography, bio-logging, biological analysis (hormones, metabolites, telomeres, etc.) and the study of diets, in order to study :
The data collected are of several types (abundance, behaviour, spatial distribution, reproductive performance, etc.) and range from individual and population scales to communities. The CEBC is strongly involved in nationally and internationally labelled systems (Zone Atelier Antarctique, Zone Atelier Plaine et Val de Sèvre, Mammifères Echantillonneurs du Milieu Océanique, Observatoire PELAGIS: observation systems for the conservation of marine mammals and birds).
The observation sites are located in a wide variety of localities (French Southern and Antarctic Lands – TAAF, Spitzberg, Cereal Plain of the Deux-Sèvres, Argenson Sylve Integral Biological Reserve, Exclusive Marine Economic Zones of the French Overseas Departments and Territories).
Location of the different observatories of the CEBC; green = reptiles, red = birds; blue = mammals.
Currently the CEBC’s observatories include the monitoring of about 50 animal populations, some of which have been monitored for more than 65 years. The collection of information in the field involves all CEBC staff (researchers, engineers and technicians, students) as well as Civic Service Volunteers recruited by the French Polar Institute Paul Emile Victor and carrying out one-year missions in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.