BRGM is the French Geological Survey and France’s leading public institution in the field of Earth Science for the sustainable management of natural resources (including water resources) and surface and subsurface risks. This activity is carried out through research activities, support to public policies, and international cooperation with companies and foreign research institutions. BRGM employs over 1,100 people, including more than 700 researchers and engineers. “BRGM’s research activities aim to provide support for public policies and decision making, and to develop innovations (www.brgm.fr).
BRGM acts as technical adviser of water related Ministries ‐ Environment, Health, Industry, Agriculture, Basin Water Agency and local authorities in France and abroad. It is presently involved in the enforcement of European Water Directives. BRGM is acknowledged within France as a leading authority on Water Management and Survey, Soil Protection, Local Point Pollution, Environmental Monitoring (on groundwater resources, soil, industrial sites). BRGM acts also as referent to the National Direction of Risk Prevention of the Ministry for Environnement by implementing research programmes and decision-support tools designed to anticipate and prevent geological risks.
Researchers contributing to NAIAD belong to both the Water, Environment and Ecotechnologies Division, the risk division and the local action division, they are specialized in agricultural and environmental economics, hydrogeologics, natural hazard and risk assessment. They have extensive experience in hydro-economic modeling, environmental economics valuation methods, and participatory foresight approaches applied to groundwater management, planning and policy in European and non-European countries. They conduct and take part in numerous research projects on water management with a particular effort to combine both modeling and participative approaches on regional case studies. The Risks and Prevention Division implicated in this call develops knowledge on geological hazards (such as slope movements, erosion, clay shrinking and swelling – CSS, and coastline retreat) and their impacts on human activities. As well it treats with the impacts of climate change on these risks. At regional scale, researchers and engineers of BRGM’s local agencies, close to stakeholders, bring support for realization of programs and dissemination of results.