Research Areas-210


The Centre’s training and research activities are organized around four main research areas (see also PDF flyers below)


Environmental Decontamination and Waste Reclamation

The Centre is a leader in the development of environmental technologies. Its researchers possess unique expertise in the development of treatment and reclamation technologies of contaminated effluents, solid waste, and sewage sludge. Moreover, the Centre has a very complete and flexible pool of pilot equipment and analytical instruments for research and development projects. New technologies conceived at the Centre are regularly patented and transferred to industry.


Aquatic Biogeochemistry

The biogeochemistry research group makes a unique contribution through its capacity to combine research on the dispersion of contaminants in the environment, the assimilation by aquatic organisms of trace metals and their effects on the organisms. Their research also contributes to our understanding of how aquatic ecosystems work which allows for better assessments of environmental risks and better protection of these sensitive ecosystems.


Earth Sciences

The increasing demand for mineral, oil and gas resources, the need for sustainable management of groundwater resources, the risks posed by natural hazards related to geological processes, and the impacts of climate change are all crucial issues for researchers in earth sciences. The Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre and the Quebec division of the Geological Survey of Canada work together under a scientific collaboration agreement between INRS and Natural Resources Canada. This university–government partnership has created one of the most important multidisciplinary research groups in earth sciences in Canada, the Centre géoscientifique de Québec (CGQ), which includes a major group in hydrogeology.


The professors are interested in issues related to potable water, storm water management, water infrastructure, quality of aquatic habitats, and impacts of climate change on coastal environments, wetlands, or ice cover. The Centre’s expertise derives from its long experience in developing and applying numerical approaches to analysis and decision-making in a range of water management contexts. The group’s multidisciplinary skills enable thorough analysis of resource availability and associated environmental problems.



Decontamination Biogeochemistry Earth Sciences