Studying, understanding, educating and protecting,
An innovative tool serving the ocean
A twenty-first century odyssey
100% Science & Sport
The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Iodysséus equips ocean racing sailboats specialized in marine aerosol capture and scientific mediation.
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to study plankton blooms, a unique natural phenomenon
April—June 2019 | Mission accomplished!
Sailing journey: Bay of Biscay, Atlantic Ocean.
The Bay of Biscay borders the south coast of Brittany, the west coast of France, and the north coast of Spain. It is famous for its harsh sailing conditions.
20 to 24 April
13 to 21 May
30 May to Mid-June
A high-performance racing trimaran — breaking international records, participating in events and races.
Research & Development
Outfitting the trimaran with plankton-observing atmospheric sensors able to deliver a huge amount of data on the biology of marine aerosols. Key to the understanding of their effects on climate and life on Earth.
Energy, climate, health, nutrition: the Iodysséus programme meets key expectations in terms of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Planktonic aerosols , a challenge for the 21st century
Plankton as a source of life
The planktonic ecosystem is at the origin of the marine food chain and climate.
Low estimate model
billion organisms per litre of seawater
million tonnes of carbon each year absorbed up
Plankton in marine aerosols
An obscure influence in the oceanic carbon cycle
A molecular deposit of interest for tomorrow's bio-resources
An essential parameter unaccounted for in climate prediction models
A field of study headed up by NASA, Weizmann Institute, University of Maine, CNRS, and others...
An accelerator of colonization phenomena in new environments
A biological world existing both above and below the ocean’s surface
How boat racing can advance scientific research ?
Sailing is the only means of propulsion allowing for the collection of aerosol samples free from fossil fuel pollution
The ocean racing fleet, already funded and ready to launch, represents a substantial auxiliary scientific fleet while keeping costs down
Ocean racing totals three million km sailed every year, in very remote areas of the globe
The fastest racing prototypes sail at wind speed, and thus are able to follow atmospheric systems carrying planktonic aerosols
With media coverage reaching an audience of 10 million people, ocean racing is a powerful means of raising awareness of worldwide issues
For skippers, sailors, and sea lovers alike, the ocean is much more than a playground. The Iodysséus programme is the proof
IODYSSÉUS, a worldwide tour to the sources of life
The goal of Iodysséus is to understand the dynamics of a worldwide ecosystem:
Plankton has an essential yet obscure role in our climate, and thus is not included in current prediction models.
Our trimaran, outfitted with marine aerosol sensors, will be able to:
Proof of concept
Races / new sampling tools release
New sampling tools
The Iodysséus team
An entrepreneur, a lawyer, an expert in new technologies, a teacher, a marketer, a sponsorship specialist, a doctor, a skipper: all are part of the team that founded the Iodysséus project. They share a common belief: the ocean may be the world’s greatest playground, but it is so much more. This is the Iodysséus concept – 100% Sport & Science – and they intend to share it with the world.
The Scientific Committee
Counting a biologist, an oceanographer, a physicist, a climatologist, a teacher, a researcher, and biotech company founders among its members, the committee brings together a wide range of skills, able to align our expedition programs with scientific needs. Fundamental and applied sciences are teaming up within the same consortium to simultaneously leverage knowledge and marine bioresources applications.
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