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The research stations are the operational platforms essential for conducting long-term research, equipped as they are with continually changing and developing instrumentation facilities. Ensuring the permanence of these bases and the continuity of scientific activity demands complex logistical systems adapted to the remote situations and extremely challenging conditions prevailing in these regions.

In the south: Antarctic

Ant-DumontDUrville-Base-BrunoEtMarieCUSA-2014-IPEV-43Adelie Land,in the coastal zone

Dumont d’Urville Station and annex station of Cap Prud’homme



Ant-Concordia-MichelMUNOZ-IPEV (25)Dome C, on the Antarctic plateau

Concordia Station, Franco-Italian


Antarctique - Raid Science 2009

The convoy connects the two stations to ensure the supply of Concordia.

In the South Indian Ocean: the French Subantarctic islands

Sub-Amsterdam-Paysage-PierreCHARTIER-2014-IPEV-54Amsterdam Island

Martin de Viviès Station




Sub-Crozet-Paysage-LaetitiaKERNALEGUEN-IPEV-20Possession Island,Crozet Islands

Alfred Faure Station





Port au Français Station





The French Subantarctic islands are located at the limit between the Indian and Southern Oceans. The TAAF administration manages these isles and the permanent bases established there, whereas IPEV is responsible for implementing the scientific programmes. The 5 stations are spread between the 37th parallel South (Amsterdam Island) and 75° South (Concordia Station). France is thus the only country to have research stations located on such a long gradient of latitude in the Southern Ocean and the Antarctic.

In the north, Arctic

Arc-GoulvenLARGOUET-IPEV-34Svalbard, Spitzbergen Island

Franco-German AWIPEV Station at Ny-Ålesund