The MIO, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, is a joint research unit created on 01/01/2012, which merged research units of the Oceanology Center of Marseille (COM), and the LSEET and LMBEC laboratory. Its supervisory authorities are CNRS, IRD, the University of Aix-Marseille (AMU) and the University of South Toulon-Var (USTV). The research at MIO aims at better understanding and modelling ocean circulation and the functioning of marine ecosystems. This includes the response of marine ecosystems and ocean circulation to global change (in terms of climate and contaminant inputs. This laboratory is a center of Oceanology of 220 persons with 160 permanents CNRS, IRD, the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of South Toulon-Var (USTV) and circa 60 PhD, specialized in teaching, research and observation of the marine (open ocean and the continent-ocean and Atmosphere-Ocean interfaces).
AMU will bring its expertise to NeXOS in different aspects including: Environmental chemistry and oceanography, Analytical organic chemistry, Pollutant analysis (Hydrocarbons, biocides), Spectrofluorimetry of marine DOM, Fluorescence sensors, Development of new sensors, Use of sensor platforms (Mooring - gliders). In the framework of NeXOS, punctual collaboration of personnel belonging to any of the entities that form part of this Joint Research Unit could be expected.