The Semine river and its tributary, the Combet, have scoured out a series of cylindrical cavities 2-3 metres in depth in the limestone bed (Saint-Germain-de-Joux, Lyon area, 2007). © BRGM - François Michel

BRGM: geosciences for water management

BRGM works to identify, manage and preserve water resources in France and worldwide. The aim is to ensure long-term access to good quality water in sufficient quantities.

BRGM is among the leading players in the development of sustainable solutions for water, one of the major issues of the 21st century.

Population growth, urbanisation, agricultural development and industrialisation are all putting pressures on the environment that are being increased by climate change. This situation demands a new approach to water management.

Recognised expertise in water resource management

Thanks to its expert knowledge in the Earth Sciences, BRGM is involved both upstream, by acquiring data on aquifers and how they function, and downstream, by furthering and disseminating knowledge on groundwaters.

It is currently developing a hydrogeology reference platform, databases and regional hydrogeological models. The aim is to  help public and private players to handle the consequences of global changes in France and internationally.

BRGM’s core topics in the area of water:

  • water resource management,
  • studies on the functions and preservation of hydrosystems,
  • understanding the systems governing the formation of mineral and thermal waters and managing these resources,
  • identifying new water resources (karstic, volcanic and bedrock aquifers and re-use of water),
  • climate change impacts on water resources and users,
  • studies of pollution in aquifers (geochemical background, diffuse pollution, emerging pollutants),
  • the socio-economics of groundwater.

BRGM, the State-delegated expert on groundwaters

BRGM carries out a public service mission on behalf of the State on the quantitative and qualitative aspects of groundwater resources.

These activities to collect, process, bank and disseminate information were strengthened and extended on the adoption of the EU Framework Water Directive (WFD) in 2000, to enable the BRGM to support the authorities in implementing methodological tools and acquiring the knowledge on groundwater quality and quantity demanded by the WFD.

BRGM - 3 avenue Claude-Guillemin - BP 36009 45060 Orléans Cedex 2 - France Tel.: +33 (0)2 38 64 34 34