The Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) conducts research in mediterranean, oceanic and polar regions, focusing on the following themes:
The evolution of oceans and their continental margins, studying submarine volcanoes, faults and slides and their potential impacts onshore.
The influence of climate change on oceanic circulation, acidification, bio-geochemical cycles and marine productivity.
Submarine habitats and ecology, and the increasing pollution of coastal and deep-sea environments the evolution of fish stocks with a view to keeping commercial fishing within sustainable limits and improving mariculture and aquaculture practices.
Natural and anthropogenic factors impacting economically and socially on coastal systems from pre-history to the industrial epoch.