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Research and teaching centre
environmental geosciences
Research and teaching centre
environmental geosciences

Hydrosystems and Carbonate Resources

The team's threefold objective is to study the genesis of potential reservoir rocks, to understand the factors determining fluid transfers in the subsurface environment (water, gas, oil), and to understand the transfer of water across the various interfaces between the subsurface environment and the atmosphere.

The themes addressed are anchored in major societal concerns on a local or global scale. For the energy transition, the RHYCA team is involved in research programmes in partnership with industry on the geological storage of CO2 or hydrogen. With regard to water, a vital resource for humans and ecosystems, the work initiated locally strengthens the integration of CEREGE and AMU in the region, through collaboration with regional players (e.g. the RMC Water Agency, the Southern Region, the départements, water body management syndicates, etc.). Internationally, several members of the team are involved in projects in the South, particularly in Mediterranean and inter-tropical Africa, in contexts where there is considerable pressure on water resources and on natural or urbanised coastal systems.

The RHYCA team relies on several platforms and laboratories to support its methodological developments: hydro-terrain platformWater chemistry laboratory, petrography and petrophysics laboratory, experimental modelling and acoustics laboratory3D and 4D geomodelling laboratory. Moreover, through its involvement in the analysis of stable isotopes of water, the team is involved in the Paniss platform.

Finally, the members of the team are strongly involved in teaching from the bachelor to the doctorate level, with a particular focus on the development of the teaching methods.s curriculum Master of Engineering in Geology of Resources and Sustainable Development the purposes "Hydrogeology" and "Reservoir Geology" of the Master STPE  as well as in the Master Environmental Management "Water Sciences" course.

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