Environment

Studies relating to marine sediment

In 2012 Artelia acquired Copramex, a Marseille-based company specialising in coastal environmental studies. Copramex is the undisputed French authority on benthic fauna, which is an indicator of the health of sediment, and assists its clients – ports, local authorities and industrial firms – with the implementation of impact studies of dredging operations and sea outfalls on the Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.

Monitoring of water quality in discharges from Gardanne mine, Marseille

2012 -2017 measurement campaigns
Client : BRGM
Country : France

Date : 2012 - 2017

Services :
  • Supervision of the study
  • Sampling at sea: sediment, benthic populations, diving to carry out biological investigations and examine infrastructure
  • Analysis of benthic populations: interpretation of underwater videos
  • Interpretation of laboratory analysis results
  • Comparison with previous data
  • Drafting of reports

Dredging works in Auguette bay, Martigues - Lavéra

Environmental assistance to the Owner
Client : Napthachimie
Country : France

Date : 2012 - 2015

Services :
  • Assessment of the quality of sediment from the bottom of Auguette bay (sampling, analyses, interpretation report)
  • Production of the statutory documents for a temporary permit to carry out dredging in Auguette bay (including the impact assessment)
  • Environmental monitoring of site work: 
    - Definition of an environmental monitoring protocol for the works

    - Continuous measurement of turbidity in the receiving environment
    - Mutual checking of the quality of discharged water and extracted materials
    - Drafting of weekly environmental summary reports
    Participation in site meetings

Restoration of the maritime character of Mont-Saint-Michel

Monitoring of the effects of the project on benthic populations
Client : Syndicat Mixte "Baie du Mont Saint Michel"
Country : France

Date : 2009 - 2014

Services :
  • Supervision of the study
  • Sampling and analyses of benthic endofauna populations and grain size distribution at 20 stations in the inner bay every 6 months
  • Sediment sampling using a manual core sampler
  • Drafting of 6-monthly and annual reports

Project to connect an offshore wind farm - Courseulles and Fécamp sites

Marine biology inventories (habitats and benthic populations)
Client : RTE
Country : France

Date : 2013 - 2014

Services :
  • Supervision of the study
  • Data analyses; sediment, water, benthic populations, biological investigation dives
  • Analysis of benthic populations, interpretation of underwater videos
  • Drafting of reports

Monitoring of the receiving environment for effluent discharges from the Berre and Rognac sewerage systems - Etang de Berre

Annual measurement campaigns
Client : Communauté de Communes Agglopole Provence
Country : France

Date : 2009 - 2013

Services :
  • Sampling and analyses of sediment
  • In situ measurements in the water column
  • Sampling and analyses of benthic populations
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