HYCAR, Hydrosystèmes Continentaux Anthropisés – Ressources, Risques, Restauration

Unité de recherche HYCAR, INRAE Antony

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The Hydrosystems and Bioprocesses research unit aims to qualitatively and quantitatively understand inland surface waters. The unit focuses on two main lines of research: the knowledge and management of hydrosystems (flows of water and pollutants, aquatic communities and habitats) and associated technologies (bioprocesses for domestic waste and wastewater treatment).

The unit’s models and expertise can be applied to:

engineering for wastewater treatment plants and waste processing storage facilities (storage, anaerobic digestion)

forecasting water resources (rivers, reservoirs) and exceptional events (floods, low water)

managing fish populations and the occupation of highly anthropized catchment areas in order to facilitate an integrated approach to managing hydrosystems.

The unit’s research aims to improve knowledge of the hydrological behavior of catchment areas, including agricultural microcatchments, and to produce modeling tools that can be used for operational purposes (forecasting, predetermination, management, impact assessments). It is primarily based on data from the ORGEVAL experimental research catchment area. GIS ORACLE is a tool used for long-term multidisciplinary and collaborative monitoring with many other research units within the region. It has become known through the Equipex CRITEX project.

The HBAN research unit is made up of 8 research teams. An interdisciplinary Chemistry team contributes significantly to research conducted by the various research teams.

These teams include a wide range of skills and disciplines from fields as varied as fluid mechanics, bioprocess engineering, hydrobiology, geophysics, microbial ecology, transfer of contaminants, and environmental engineering.

•TAPAHS - Transfer of Water and Pollutants in Developed Rural Basins

•BIOMIC - Bioprocesses and Microbial Biotechnology for Waste Recovery

•HYDRO - Hydrology of Catchment Areas

•Hydroecology of Rivers - HEF/QUASARE

•Microbiology Laboratory

•BELCA - Ecotoxicology of Freshwater Aquatic Ecosystems

•INEGE - Environmental Engineering of Geosynthetics

•EPURE - Waste and Wastewater Treatment Engineering

•MP2 - Porous Media Physical Measurements

•CHIMIE - Chemistry Laboratory

•Oracle Observatory


Direction et/ou correspondant FIRE: 

Julien Tournebize (FIRE correspondent)

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