The Laboratory for Oceanographic Processes and Climate (PROFC) is a research group devoted to the scientific study of the ocean and its relation with climate. The Laboratory was formed in 1997- originally as the Program for Regional Studies in Physical Oceanography and Climate- under the direction of the Research Council of the University of Concepcion and with the support of the Swedish International Development Agency-SIDA and the Fundacion Andes.
PROFC has researchers from the Department of Oceanography within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Oceanography and the Department of Geophysics within the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, as well as postdoctoral fellows, engineers, technicians, graduate students and administrative personnel. Furthermore, PROFC members also participate in the FONDAP Center for Oceanographic Research (COPAS) and in the research group on Climate variability in Chile: Assessment, interpretation and projections within the Bicentennial Program in Science and Technology.
The research areas of this interdisciplinary group are physical oceanography, physical-biological coupling, biogeochemistry, microbial oceanography, and climate. PROFC also offers services in CTD calibration, isotope analysis and development of oceanographic instruments.
PROFC is funded by the University of Concepcion and different research projects from national and international agencies and programs, including FONDECYT, FONDAP, Fundacion Andes, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research, and the Agouron Institute.