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Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG) Laboratoire d'étude des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environnement: Partner 8

Institut National Polytechnique de GrenobleThe Laboratoire d’Etude des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environnement (LTHE) is attached to both the Polytechnical University of Grenoble (INPG) and to the University Joseph Fourier (UJF). The laboratory is accredited to the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and to the Institute for Research on Development (IRD). The laboratory has a permanent staff of 35 researchers and 18 technicians. It conducts research into three main areas: hydrometeorology; basin hydrology and hydraulics; and porous media and hydrological processes.

The Hydrometeorology Group has a long experience of research on rain processes and on the coupling of atmospheric and ground phases of the water cycle at various scale. Its research activities have focused in particular on the development of methodologies, and modelling (radar hydrology, stochastic and hydro-dynamical modelling of the atmosphere) and on meso-scale experiments (Cévennes 86-88, Marseilles 92-93, Grenoble 97-98, HIRE 98, EPSAT Niger, CATCH) aimed at characterising the spatial and temporal distribution of rain and its related impact on hydrological response. Flash flood risk analyses (for urban and rural mountain basins) and climate studies undertaken by the Laboratory are of key interest and relevance to the Mediterranean region of France and to the Sahel Sudan region in West Africa. It has participated in numerous National and International field experiments (ALPILLES, SALSA-MEX, HAPEX Sahel…).

Within the University Joseph Fourier, the LTHE co-operates with the Laboratoire "Territoires, Environnements Montagnards et Métropolitains, Organisations" (TEO), a laboratory of Geography having an established expertise on the study of societal vulnerability to natural hazards (Projects Risk-UE and SAFE on seismic risk). The LTHE also co-operates with Météo-France in the fields of atmospheric modelling of extreme storms (Centre National de Recherche en Météorologie) and radar detection (Direction des Systèmes d'Observation).

For further information visit the INPG website on: www.lthe.hmg.inpg.fr

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