Joachim ClaudetOcean advisor at the CNRS

Joachim Claudet is a research professor at the Island Research Centre and Environmental Observatory (Criobe, CNRS/EPHE-PSL/ University of Perpignan Via Domitia) where he directs the 'sustainability of socio-ecological systems - from science to action' research theme. He is a specialist in the sustainability of coastal and marine socio-ecological systems and uses case studies to support ocean and sea management and meta-analyses to have an impact on public policy-making. The aim of his research is to help provide responses to sustainability issues, identify solutions that benefit Nature and people alike and develop indicators and tools to support decision-making. He was the lead author of two IPBES regional assessments and of the same organisation's upcoming evaluation of transformative change and is a member of both the National Coastal and Ocean Council and the Conseil National de la Protection de la Nature. Joachim Claudet is chairman of the scientific councils of the Océan-Climat Platform and of MedPAN, the network of Mediterranean protected area marine management specialists. He is a member of numerous other scientific committees like the Foundation for Biodiversity Research and the Blue Parks programme and also of international working groups like the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and the Blue Climate Initiative.

The Ocean task force

Joachim Claudet is the Ocean adviser to Alain Schuhl, the CNRS's Deputy CEO for Science, and worked with the CNRS Institutes to construct the organisation's scientific strategy in this area. This strategy organises cooperation between disciplines to conduct interdisciplinary research and provide responses to the questions society and decision-makers are asking about the world's oceans.

In this framework, the Ocean task force works on various scientific and strategic issues requiring a shared vision from the CNRS and coordination between disciplines. This can involve constructing the integrated observation and modelling of the future, speaking with one voice in national or international science-policy interface arenas or contributing to scientific programming.

The task force was set up in 2019 with the aim of creating the right conditions to encourage collaboration between the disciplines of the 10 CNRS Institutes to:

  • improve the visibility of ocean sciences at the CNRS
  • strengthen the interface between scientists and decision-makers 
  • help create research programmes at the crossroads of different disciplines