PErfECT “Photogrammetry, gEnetics, Ecology for red coral ConservaTion”


The LSIS, CNRS laboratory. CNRS, French National Centre for Scientific Research, is a public basic-research organization. CNRS has 32000 employees in more than 1,200 services and research units spread throughout France and covers all fields of research. Interdisciplinary programs and actions offer a gateway into new domains of scientific investigation and enable CNRS to address the needs of society and industry.  

The Laboratoire des Sciences de l'Information et des Systèmes (LSIS) (UMR 6168) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU/UMR) set up by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and the Université de Méditerranée. The team involved in this project is Image & Models (I&M).

Within the general framework of the Numerical Imagery, the scientific project of team “I&M” is articulated around the study and of the implementation of the processes of Analysis, Modeling and Rebuilding. The photogrammetry and the three-dimensional modeling of the topographic and architectural objects constitute one of the research orientations of the I&M Team. This group is active in the field of close range photogrammetry and modeling 3D to topographic and architectural objects. With a strong experience in underwater survey the I&M team was involved in several European and national project dealing with underwater survey applied both to archaeology and marine biology.

The Spanish research group "Marine Conservation Biology is Littoral Ecosystems -MedRecover" ( affiliated to the Spanish Research Council CSIC and the University of Barcelona will be the main partner of the LSIS laboratory in the PERFECT project. The MedRecover research goal is conservation biology and particularly focuses on the study of the potential effects of global change on the Mediterranean biodiversity of coastal marine ecosystems.

MedRecover is applying a multidisciplinary approach including  ecological, population genetics, hydrological and photogrammetry disciplines. Over the past 20 years, members of MedRecover have been pioneers in the development of studies on the coralligenous habitats, in general, and red coral populations, in particular. These innovative studies cover a large range of topics providing relevant insights (both applied and basic) for the conservation the highly diverse coralligenous communities. Among others the application of landscape ecology methods to the study of benthic communities (Garrabou et al. 2002), the development of standardized methodological approaches to characterize the biological diversity of coralligenous (Kipson et al. 2011), the analysis of long-term population dynamics of different species of benthic macroinvertebrates (Garrabou & Hermelin 2002 Teixido et al. 2011), demonstration of the positive impact of marine protected areas on the red coral populations (Linares et al. 2010, 2012) and the characterization of the connectivity patterns of red coral populations from population genetics