Carnot Eau & Environnement

The Carnot Water & Environment gathers 11 research units (CNRS, INRAE, IRD, INSA, Aix-Marseille University, University of Montpellier, Savoie Mont-Blanc University), and the Institute of Filtration and Separation Techniques. It implements a strong expertise in earth and environmental sciences, in human and social science, and technologies, for the water and aquatic ecosystems management, required to support the socio-economic partners in their innovation and research needs.

Economic sectors

Environment : protection and monitoring, natural and climate risks, depollution
Energy systems

And also

Agriculture Livestock Aquaculture
Software tools
Waste processing and recycling
Key figures

Key figures

Permanent staff (full-time equivalent)
PhD Students
Global budget
47,5 M€
incomes with industry
6,7 M€


Carnot Institute
Eau & Environnement
3278 route de Cezanne
CS 40061
13182 Aix-En-Provence

Elisabeth VIDAL
+33 (0)6 80 81 62 38


Innovating with companies through an overall approach embracing large and small water cycles

3 Issues

  • Preserve water and aquatic media quality
  • Give an access to water consistent with uses
  • Protect the population 

4 strategic research areas:

Water quality monitoring strategies and methods including innovative sensors and biosensors to characterize, identify, and monitor the pollution sources

Water work and networks, hydraulic infrastructures: Sizing, reliability, sustainability and optimization of the performance of waste water treatment plants, sanitation networks, drinking water, rainwater treatment plants, "green" infrastructures

Natural hazards management: forecast, zoning, alert, impacts, applied to floods, drought, avalanches

New water resources: techniques, safety, impacts, reuse of wastewater and rainwater, groundwater recharge, storage and optimization of consumption

Developing innovative water and aquatic environments management solutions within territories:

  • Decision-making tools
  • Numerical models and tools
  • Nature based solutions
  • Metrological devices, bio indication 

The Carnot provides skills and resources to ensure research continuity from TRL 1 to 6 and to support the companies in the operational implementation phases of the developed solutions.

Target markets : 

  • Hydraulic infrastructure
  • Water and Environment engineering
  • Equipment suppliers
  • Industrial water users
  • Agriculture

Skills applied to continental, groundwater, coastal waters:

  • Hydrobiology, hydrology, hydro ecology, ecotoxicology
  • Hydraulics, fluid mechanics, geo mechanics
  • Soil sciences, agronomy, agro ecology
  • Process Engineering
  • Information and communication technology, mathematics, geomatics
  • Sociology, geography, Economy
  • Metrology, LCA

Platforms and observatories:

  • La Feyssine, Centre d’experimentation Roger Ben Aïm: wastewater and drinking water treatment
  • Geomechanics: soils, dikes, dams
  • Chemical analysis, microbiological, ecotoxicology platforms
  • Instrumented observatories: in urban, rural, agricultural, mountain areas, on rivers