By Anonymous - Posted on 13 September 2011

Research Units

The Centre Eau Terre Environnement professors play an active role in the network of research units and contribute to the university's tradition of scientific excellence.

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The Centre Eau Terre Environnement and the Quebec division of the Geological Survey of Canada work together under a scientific collaboration agreement between the INRS and Natural Resources Canada. This university–government partnership has created the most important multidisciplinary research group in geosciences in Canada, the Québec Geoscience Centre (Centre géoscientifique de Québec).


Researchers focus on pertinent socio-economic issues by increasing the knowledge available related to regional geology, georesources (groundwater, minerals and fossil fuels) and environmental geoscience (natural hazards, environmental geodynamics, characterization and restoration of contaminated sites, climate change).





♦ Canada Research Chair in Bioconversion of Waste Water and Sewage Sludge into High-Value-Added Products

ChairholderRajeshwar Dayal Tyagi


Developing ecological and cost-effective processes for the treatment and conversion of waste water and sewage sludge into enzymes, bio-insecticides, bio-herbicides, biofungicides, bio-inoculants and bioplastics.


♦ Canada Research Chair in Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements

ChairholderClaude Fortin


Understanding the mechanisms that regulate the impact of metals on aquatic organisms in order to provide aquatic ecosystems with better protection from potentially harmful trace elements.


♦ Canada Research Chair in Geophysical and Geological Data Assimilation for Stochastic Geological Modelling

Chairholder: Erwan Gloaguen


Opitmizing the integration of data from different sources to improve the quality of 3D geological models used to predict geological variables for sites of economical or environmental value.


♦ Canada Research Chair in Metal Ecotoxicology

Chairholder: Peter G.C. Campbell


Studying the environmental risks associated with the extraction, refining and use of metal in order to contribute to the development of standards and criteria for the protection of ecosystems and aquatic communities.





♦ Research Chair in Coastal and River Engineering

Chairholder: Janette B. Frandsen


Coastal erosion and floods threaten the stability of shoreline infrastructure and the safe use of shoreline areas for various purposes. The main objective of the Chair is to improve our understanding of the underlying physical processes to contribute to the sustainable management of coastal areas and infrastructure in a climate changing world.





♦ Research Group in Ecohydrological Numerical Modeling (GREEN)

Professor in chargeYves Secretan


♦ Research Group in Statistical Hydroclimatology (GRHS)

Professors in chargeTaha B.M.J. Ouarda, Fateh Chebana and André St-Hilaire


♦ Research Group on Sedimentary Basin Energy Resources of (GRREBS)

Professor in charge : Michel Malo


Retrospective Analysis of Hydro-Climatic Conditions Using Indicators of Secular Variability (ARCHIVES)

Professor in charge: Yves Bégin


♦ Geophysical Imaging and Measurements Laboratory (LIAMG)

Professor in chargeErwan Gloaguen