HBAN - Hydrosystems and bioprocesses
- Department : Waters
- Center : Antony
The purpose of the Hydrosystems and bioprocesses unit research work is to achieve qualitative and quantitative command of continental surface waters. Its 2 main lines of research are the knowledge and management of river systems (water flow and polluting substances, habitats and aquatic communities) as well as associated technologies (waste-water and household waste treatment bioprocesses).
The HBAN research unit
The research deals with the hydrologic operation of agricultural mountainside basins in terms of mountainside basin relationships, rain flow including the impact of hydro-agricultural management and practices with emphasis on data from the experimental research mountainside basin ORGEVAL.
In natural and anthropic fluvial ecosystems, the research focuses on the bioavailability of the micro-pollutants (organic and mineral) which are characteristic of urban pressures.
The condition of fluvial ecosystems is often evaluated by studying fish populations, and the research seeks to understand and characterise the response of these populations to both the natural and anthropically driven environmental variations.
In terms of optimisation of management and control of their environmental consequences, studies are being conducted on waste-water degradation and transformation processes in purification stations as well as in natural water-courses.
The operation of waste-storage installations is approached from the point of view of the transfer of water and leachate, the influence of these transfers on waste transformation as well as sustainable management of the associated environmental risks.
The unit’s models and expertise are applied to the design of purification and waste-storage installations, the forecasting of water resource availability (rivers and reservoirs) and critical events (floods and low water), the management of fish populations and the occupation of highly anthropised, mountainside basins, all of which are considered in a simultaneous manner in order to achieve an integrated, river system management solution.
- Water and waste technologies and processes
- Quality of aquatic systems and ecological restoration
- Biological and ecological solutions for contaminated aquatic environments: ecotoxicology and bioindication
- Hazards and risks linked to the water cycle
- TAPAHS – Transfer of water and pollutants in equipped water basins
- SOWASTE – Impact of storage and anaerobic treatment of waste
- HYDRO – Hydrology of catchment areas
- Hydro-ecology of rivers - HEF/QUASARE
- Microbiology laboratory
- BELCA – Ecotoxicology of aquatic freshwater ecosystems
- Geosynthetics laboratory
- EPURE – Purification process engineering
- CHIMIE – Chemistry laboratory
- M-I – Metrology and instrumentation team
- Test Laboratories (Geosynthetics test platform)
- Chemistry Laboratory (gas and ion chromatography, atomic absorption spectroscopy, elementary analyser, etc.)
- Microbiology laboratory with the MIMOSE platform (FISH, PCR, confocal microscope with laser scanner)
- Hall for experimental prototypes
- Instrumented physical models
- Experimental mountainside sites and basins: Orgeval experimental research mountainside basin with a permanent on-site presence (7 fixed flow monitoring stations, 8 rain monitoring stations)
- Purification station instrumentation and mobile laboratory
- Ecotoxicological equipment (water flea incubation, algae cultures)
- Investigation tools for fluvial piscicultural fauna: boat, electric fishing hardware and alevin observation.
Structuring Socio-economic Partnerships
Public sector (75% owned resources)
- ANR PRECODD (National Research Agency – Research Programme in Environmental Technologies and Sustainable Development), ECOTECH, EC (7th PCRD - European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development), Ministries of Research, Agriculture and Ecology.
- EDF, Méteo-France, Schapi, AESN (Seine-Normandy Water Agency), DDT (Departmental Land Divisions), ONEMA (French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environments)
- IRD (Institute for Research and Development), CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), INSU (National Institute for the Earth Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics), BRGM (France's leading public institution in Earth science applications), INRA (National Institute of Agricultural Research), ANDRA (French National Radioactive Waste Management Agency), ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency), IPMC (Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology)
- Ile de France Regional Council
Private sector (25% owned resources)
- Suez, Véolia, SAUR, CREED
- Wavin, Fairtec, Aqui'brie, Afitex, Eau de Paris
Structuring Scientific Partnerships
- Public bodies: CNRS, IRD, INRA, CEH (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) Wallingford, University of Laval, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Australia's national science agency), University of Tongii, Queen's University.
- Scientific Associations: ASTEE (Scientific and Technical Association for Water and the Environment), IWRA (International Water Resources Association), AISH (International Association of Hydrological Sciences)
- Colleges: AgroParistech, ENPC (ParisTech School of Engineering), INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences), ENSTA (National School of Advanced Techniques - engineering school), ENGEES (National School of Engineering for Environmental Hydraulics)
- Universities: Paris VI, Paris XI, Paris XII, Laval, Tongii
- Training Centres: OIEau (International Office for Water), ONEMA, ENTE
GR models have their own website
Rain flow modelling is being used to simulate the hydrological behaviour of mountainside basins which is of major concern to modern hydrology researchers.
Research Unit Manager: Cécile Loumagne
River systems and bioprocesses, Antony Centre
1, rue Pierre-Gilles de Gennes, Antony Cedex
Tel: +33 (0)1 40 96 62 37 Fax: +33 (0)4 7 34 40 61 99