Hydrosystems (HYDRO)


Our objective is the interdisciplinary study of anthropized and natural systems - with running and stagnant water (gravel pits, wetlands) in the perspective of sustainable environmental management of aquatic and riparian environments in a context of changing resources and hydrological extremes.

One of the common objectives is to explore the effects of restoration works using diagnostic tools and innovative geomorphological and ecological monitoring indicators, in particular by their interdisciplinary character, and to provide feedback to optimize the management of restored environments. The hydrological dimension allows the study of water flows in the monitoring (or even the elaboration) of restorations, for an integrated management of river hydrosystems. It is not a question of opposing risk management/resource management to ecological restoration, but on the contrary of developing the complementarity of these two issues.

all things being caused and causing, helped and helping, mediate and immediate, and all being maintained by a natural and insensible link which binds the most distant and the most different, I hold impossible to know the parts without knowing the whole, not more than to know the whole without knowing particularly the parts

(Blaise Pascal - Pensées

Research themes

Study areas

  • Large rivers
  • Regional/National Nature Reserves
  • Formerly anthropized systems and protected alluvial natural areas
  • Urban and industrial wastelands
  • Headwater streams