Management and decision-making

ODATIS is managed by a Management team relying on: 

  • a Steering Committee, appointed by the institutions involved in the cluster;
  • a Scientific Council, appointed by the Management Committee, taking the role of a scientific advisory board;
  • an Executive Committee, representing the Data and Services Centers, instructing and suggesting the operational guidlines.

Decision-making bodies:

  • Steering Committee representing the trustees and partner organizations and taking the decisions of direction on a proposal from the Executive Committee;
  • Scientific Council - composed of experts on data and products, representatives of scientific programmes, users - and proposing thematic guidelines.

Executive bodies:

  • a Director, assisted by a management team:
    • Scientific Director (President of the Scientific Council),
    • Technical Director (Technical Manager),
    • "In-situ" and "satellite" Technical Officers,
    • Deputy Manager of the cluster,
    • Editorial manager of the cluster.
  • Consortia of Scientific Expertise (CES) proposing and instructing new methods of data management and processing.
  • An Executive Committee consisting of the heads of the partner data centres.
  • Data and Service Centres (DSC) carrying out the work of data management and/or processing.
  • Technical Workshops to instruct and propose technical guidelines (interoperability, services, ...).

Steering Committee



French National Centre for Spatial Studies (CNES - Centre National d'Etudes Spatiale)

Juliette Lambin

French National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (CNRS-INSU - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Institut National des Sciences de l'Univers)

Bruno Blanke

French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (Ifremer - Instutut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer)

Patrick Farcy

French Research Institute for Development (IRD - Institur de recherche pour le développement)

Marina Levy

Public operator for reference maritime and coastal geographic information (Shom - Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine)

Bruno Le Squere

Universités Marines

Antoine Grémare

Management Team


Gilbert Maudire

Technical Director

Gérald Dibarboure

Scientific Director

Sabine Schmidt

'In-Situ' Technical Officer

Joël Sudre

'Satellite' Technical Officer

Thierry Guinle

Deputy Manager

Cécile Nys

Editorial Manager

Caroline Mercier

Partner Data and Services Centers

Partner data centres ensure the provision of services on the following essential functions: 

  • Hosting and managing databases/products;
  • Make data/products accessible and/or interoperable through the cluster portal;
  • Maintaining the related documentation.

Some data and services centres may provide additional services:

  • Providing access to data/products via discovery, selection and extraction tools which are compatible with the Cluster’s main portal;
  • Ensuring long-term archiving;
  • Assigning DOIs;
  • Synchronizing with international databases;
  • Creating products related to a geographic area or topic;
  • Providing processing tools;
  • Providing computing resources.

The Data and Service Centres provide a set of operational functions for data management and/or processing, described in the "Specifications of the Data Centres".
For more information on the Services and Data Centres.

Data and Services Centers Managers

Data and Services Centres (CDS)Member of Executive Committee
CDS-SAT-AVISO (CNES / INSU) Thierry Guinle
CDS-SAT-CERSAT (IFREMER / CNES) Jean-François Piollé
CDS-IS-Coriolis Thierry Carval
(Systèmes d'Informations Scientifiques pour la Mer)
Loïc Petit de la Villéon
(Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine)
Valérie Cariou
(SErvice de DOnnées de l'Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées)
François André
Philippe Téchiné
(Observatoire Aquitain des Sciences de l'Univers)
Franck Delalée
(Institut de la Mer de Villefranche, ex OOV)
Catherine Schmechtig
(Station Biologique de Roscoff)
Mark Hoebeke

Scientific Expertise

Scientific expertise is an integral part of the clusters, which distinguishes it from the traditional notion of data centre. For the ODATIS Ocean Data Cluster, this expertise operates at different levels: Scientific Council, associate reference experts meeting within the Extended Group of Technical and Scientific Correspondents (GETS) and groups of scientists organized in the framework of calls for tenders.

The Scientific Council, which is part of the governance, recommends broad guidelines and ensures consistency with national science policy and major international programmes both on the nature of the subject matter and on the scientific quality of products.


Sabine Schmidt (President)

TOSCA Representative

Francesco d’Ovidio

CSOA Representative

Marie‐Noëlle Houssais

OSTST Representative

Pascal Bonnefond

Allenvi Representative, Sea & Shore Group

Permanent Guest CNES

Amaury Larue de Tournemine


Gérard Eldin


Joël Sudre

Météo France

Philippe Dandin


Serge Heussner


Jacqueline Boutin


François Lallier

Ifremer/ ODE‐LOPS

Guillaume Charria


Rosemary Morrow


David Doxaran

Ifremer/ RBE‐STH­‐LBH

Emilie Leblond

Ifremer/ ODE­‐LOPS

Jean Tournadre


Elisabeth Remy


Stéphanie Louazel

Expert advisers responsible for the main categories of data and products assist the data centres in connection with the production, use and development of the data sets. They meet within the GETS (Groupe Elargi des Correspondants Techniques et Scientifiques -- Extended Group of Technical and Scientific Correspondents) and work in close cooperation with the Executive Office. Their tasks include:

  • recommending methods for the assessment and processing of data;
  • coordinating data producers at national level and liaising with the relevant databases at international level.

Lastly, scientific groups may participate in calls for tender and submit proposals to create and assess new products relating to a topic for which they will carry out scientific activities. If necessary, they also ensure the transfer of these products to the data centers of the relevant cluster. 

National position

The ODATIS Ocean Data Cluster is one of the four clusters of the Research Infrastructure (IR/RI) “Earth Observation Data Clusters” (IR Data Terra) that appears on the MESRI "National Research Infrastructures" roadmap (Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation) updated in 2016. ODATIS federates at the national level data management and scientific (oceanographic) expertise activities previously dispersed among the various partners. It complements the data acquisition and validation activities carried out by the organised observation networks and research laboratories. The main producers of identified data are:

  • Observation services (SNOs, SOEREs, monitoring networks, etc.) and, in particular, those of RI ILICO and TGIRArgo
  • Contributions to the International Observation Programs (Argo, GOSHIP, Geotrace, GOSUD, SOCAT, OceanSite, GLOSS, etc.),
  • Satellite Programs,
  • Geographic Projects (AMMA, MISTRALS, Arctique, etc.),
  • Laboratory projects and especially those using French resources (TGIR Fleet).

The Ocean Data Cluster - Odatis strives to create a research dynamic based on the combination and synthesis of observational data from various sources, and the creation of “data products” that are easy to use or interpret. It takes into account the needs of this community considered as a provider and user of data, products and services. ODATIS collaborates with operational oceanography, and in particular Mercator-Ocean, through the Coriolis data centre.