R/V Marion-Dufresne belongs to French Polar Institute - IPEV (Institut Paul Emile Victor) and TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Franšaises). The cruise took place from November to December 2009. The cruise area in the South Indian Ocean included the region between Reunion, Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam Islands. Twenty-two (22) measurement series spanning 8 days were acquired during the cruise.
Dr. Jean Sciare from Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (Gif-sur-Yvette, France) was a Principal Investigator for aerosol optical measurements. Mr. Thomas Lecointre and Mr. Sylvain Barataud (both from VCAT-IPEV) operated sunphotometer onboard.
The IPEV-AEROTRACE observatory program is acknowledged for providing funding and the Laboratoire Optique Atmospherique (Lille, France) for providing technical support.