World Oceans Day (WOD) draws attention to this wonderful environment that surrounds us and allows us to live by providing many services to humanity. Not least among these, the oceans produce most of the oxygen we breathe, regulate the Earth's temperature, and are home to an immense network of biodiversity.

To celebrate World Ocean Day and the importance of oceanographic research in understanding and protecting the marine environment, Québec-Ocean is unveiling its Awards of Excellence for research carried out in 2019:

The "Joint Publication 2019" award recognizes a fruitful collaboration between researchers Marcel Babin and Jean-Éric Tremblay of Université Laval, Dany Dumont of Université du Québec à Rimouski and their teams. They all cooperated with Achim Randelhoff (postdoctoral trainee) and other co-authors to conduct a complex and interdisciplinary study of planktonic algal blooms at the ice edge in the Canadian Arctic Ocean.

Randelhoff A., Oziel L., Massicotte P., Bécu G., Galí M., Lacour L., Dumont D., Vladoiu A., Marec C., Bruyant F., Houssais M.-N., Tremblay J.-É., Deslongchamps G., Babin M. (2019) The evolution of light and vertical mixing across a phytoplankton ice-edge bloom. Elementa Science of the Anthopocene 7(1) p.20. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.357

The "2019 Student Publication" award goes to Margaux Gourdal, who did her PhD at Laval University under the supervision of Maurice Levasseur. Her publication reports on her outstanding work on estimating the upward transport of dimethyl sulphide (DMS) through the ice in the Arctic.

Gourdal M., Crabeck O., Lizotte M., Galindo V., Gosselin M., Babin M., Scarratt M., Levasseur M. (2019). Upward transport of bottom-ice dimethyl sulfide during advanced melting of arctic first-year sea ice. Elementa Science of the Anthopocene, 7(1), p.33. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.370

The "Media Outreach 2019 Award" is awarded equally to Peter Galbraith, researcher at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and Philippe Archambault, researcher at Université Laval. Their numerous appearances in local, national and international media help raise public awareness of ocean issues in the face of global change.
Congrats to All !!

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