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Profil de Jean-Luc PROBST


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Jean-Luc PROBST is senior scientist in Environmental Biogeochemistry at the French National Center for Scientific Research ( CNRS), CNRS Research Director (DR1). He got his PhD in 1983 at the University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier (France) and his Habilitation (Thèse d’état) in 1990 at the University of Strasbourg (France). During the period 2011-2015, he was the Director of the Laboratory of Functional Ecology and Environment (ECOLAB), a joint research laboratory CNRS- Paul Sabatier University (UPS) - Toulouse Institute of Technology (INPT). Since 2015, he is the President of the CNRS-INSU/INEE Scientific Commission on "Continental Sufaces and Interfaces" (CS-SIC). He was also professor during 4 years (2004-2007) at the INPT and he has supervised 30 PhD and 60 Master Thesis.


1980: Master in Environmental Sciences, University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier.

• 1981: Diplome d'Etudes Appronfondies in Crystallography "Pedology and Geochemistry",University of Toulouse III-Paul Sabatier.

• 1983: PhD in Pedology and Geochemistry, University of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier..

• 1990: Habilitation (Thèse d'état) in Natural Sciences, University of Strasbourg-Louis Pasteur.

Academic career

1984-1999: CNRS Research Associate at the Centre for Sedimentology and Surface Geochemistry (CSGS, today  LHYGES), a joint research Laboratory CNRS- University of Strasbourg, head of the research group “Hydrology and Geochemistry of Global Continental Environment” –

• 1999-2004: CNRS Research Director at the Laboratory of Mechanisms and Transfers in Geology (LMTG, today GET), a joint research laboratory CNRS-IRD-UPS Toulouse

2004-2007: professor INPT-ENSAT at the Agronomy, Environment and Ecotoxicology (AEE) Laboratory

Since 2007: CNRS Research Director at ECOLAB, laboratory member of the Observatory Midi-Pyrénées (OMP).

Main research interests:

• Hydrology and Biogeochemistry of river basins

• Biogeochemistry of the carbon cycle

• Heavy metal transfer dynamic in soils and river systems, and interactions with biological organisms

• Pesticide and nutrient transfer dynamic in small catchments and in in large river basins

Jean-Luc PROBST has a good expertise on hydrology and biogeochemistry of small catchments and large river basins and he already worked on river systems all around the world with scientists of different countries: Congo and Ubangui, Niger, Nyong in South Cameroun, Senegal, Niger and its tributaries, Milo in Guinea, Haho and Zio in Togo, Oued Sebou in Morocco, Nahr Ibrahim in Lebanon, Amazon and its tributaries, Parana and Uruguay, Patagonian rivers, Indian rivers, Chinese rivers, Piracicaba and Tiete in Brazil, Garonne, Mosel, Rhone, Tet and Ill in France. 

Hydrology and Biogeochemistry of river basins            

        The main objective of this research is to estimate the physical and chemical erosion rates of the river basins and to determine the soil weathering type using the fluvial transport of particulate and dissolved elements. It is also to modelize the riverine transports and the rock/soil weathering using the different controlling factors such as vegetation and cultures, soil and lithology, hydrology and climate, relief… One of the key question today with the population increase is what is the impact of the anthropogenic activities, particularly the agriculture, on soil weathering rate, river water and  sediment quality and riverine transports into the oceans ?. 

         The main research themes can be summarized as follows:

> Biogeochemistry of river water and sediments, geochemical modeling 

> Fluvial transports of dissolved and particulate matters, role of the storm runoff events

> Physical and chemical erosion rate at the scale of river basin, from small catchments until large river basin and to the global scale

> Impacts of climatic change and anthropogenic activities on weathering rate and fluvial transports

> Hydroclimatic fluctuations of large river basins using the discharge variations during the last century

Biogeochemistry of the carbon cycle

         The main objective is to quantify and to modelize the role of rock/soil chemical weathering and of riverine alkalinity transports into the oceans to the global carbon cycle, particularly to the atmospheric CO2 content. It is also to determine the interactions with regional and global hydroclimatic changes. This research is based on the dissolved and particulate fluvial transport measurements of organic and inorganic carbon. Geochemical modelling, major and trace elements, strontium (87Sr/86Sr) and carbon isotopes (13C/12C) are used to estimate the weathering contribution of the different rock types to the riverine alkalinity, particularly the contribution of silicate weathering and carbonate dissolution. Concerning the riverine organic carbon (dissolved and particulate), the main objective is to determine the different sources (soil organic matter erosion, phytoplankton production and domestic effluents) and their biogeochemical interactions with the inorganic carbon fluxes. It is also to study their behaviour along the main channel during the fluvial transport.

         The main research themes are the following:

> Contribution of atmospheric/soil CO2 consumed by rock weathering and riverine transport of alkalinity into the oceans to the atmospheric CO2 content

> Role of the different factors (vegetation, lithology, runoff and temperature, relief…) on the CO2 weathering flux and on the riverine carbon transports

> Isotopic tracing (δ13C) of riverine dissolved inorganic carbon: contribution of the different sources (atmospheric/soil CO2, soil and riverine organic carbon oxidation, carbonate dissolution) and transfer mechanisms.

> Impacts of anthropogenic activities, particularly N-fertilizer spreading, on weathering CO2 consumption and riverine alkalinity.

> Riverine transfer dynamic of particulate and dissolved organic matters: role of the dams and of the anthropogenic effluents. Relationships between the organic carbon contents and the specific surface areas of the sediments. 

Heavy metal transfer dynamic in soil and river systems, and interactions with biological organisms

       The main objective is to estimate the contribution of rock/soil chemical weathering and of anthrogenic activities to heavy metal contents and dynamic  in soils and  rivers  (water and sediments). It is also to determine the role of the different controlling factors: organic carbon content, iron oxides, clay content, pH, redox potential, inorganic ligands, chemical and physical speciation… These researches are developped on small experimental catchments ( Montoussé and Hay) as well as on large river basins and they concerned heavy polluted catchments like in industrialized areas, as well as low anthropogenic pressure basins like in agricultural areas. The interactions with the biological organisms and particularly the ecotoxicological impact of heavy metals are studied in collaboration with the EcoLab Group of Ecotoxicology.  

         The main research themes are the following:

> Contribution of rock weathering to heavy metal content in soil, river water and riverine sediments: estimation of the natural geochemical background

>  Factors controlling heavy metal distribution and dynamic in soil profiles and in river systems

>  Partitioning of heavy metal between dissolved and particulate phases

>  Distribution of heavy  metal between residual and non residual phases using chemical sequential extraction

>  Contribution of anthropogenic activities to heavy metal pollution in soils and river systems: calculation of the enrichment factor

>  Lead stable isotopes (204Pb, 206Pb, 207Pb, 208Pb) tracing to determine the different Pb sources and the fractionation into the different phases (residual and non residual)

>  Rare Earth Element (REE) distribution in soils, riverine sediments and biological organisms: fractionation during the different  transfers   

Pesticide transfer dynamic in small catchments and in large river basins

        The main objective of this research recently developped is to determine the role of the storm runoff events in the transfer of pesticides from the soils to the river systems (water and sediments) in two small agricultural experimental catchments. It is also to determine the contribution of the different runoffs (surface runoff, subsurface and groundwater flows) to the exportation of pesticides by the river. At the scale of large river basins, the main objective is to determine the different pesticide sources (agriculture, urban activities), to follow the behaviour of the different molecules along the main fluvial channel and to determine their impact on the biological organisms in collaboration with the EcoLab group of  Ecotoxicology.

PhD students

• ETCHANCHU D. (1988)- Géochimie des eaux du bassin de la Garonne. Transferts de matières dissoutes et particulaires vers l'Océan Atlantique. Thèse de doctorat, Univ. Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, 178 p.      

• KATTAN Z. (1989)- Géochimie et Hydrologie des eaux fluviales des bassins de la Moselle et de la Mossig. Transports dissous et particulaires, cycles biogéochimiques des éléments. Thèse de doctorat, Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 220 p et annexes.      

• NKOUNKOU R.R. (1989)- Hydrogéodynamique actuelle du Congo et de l'Amazone. Cycle global de l'eau et bilan de l'érosion au cours des temps phanérozoïques (derniers 600 millions d'années). Thèse de doctorat, Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 192 p.     

• ORANGE D. (1990)- Hydroclimatologie du Fouta Djalon et dynamique actuelle d'un vieux paysage latéritique. Thèse de doctorat, Univ. Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, 241 p.      

• AMIOTTE-SUCHET Ph.(1994)- Consommation de CO2 par érosion chimique sur les grands bassins fluviaux du monde. Influence des variations de température et de débit. Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 182 p.        

• SEMHI K. (1996)- Erosion et transferts de matières sur le bassin versant de la Garonne. Influence de la sècheresse. Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 203 p.       

• LUDWIG W. (1996)- Continental erosion and river transport of organic carbon to the world's oceans. Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, label "Doctorat européen", 203 p.       

• MESSAITFA A. (1997)- Transferts d'eau, de sédiments et de polluants associés sur le bassin de l'Ill : cas du mercure. Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 210 p.        

• FILLION N. (1998) - Contribution de la matière organique dissoute à la composition chimique des eaux de surface. Mesure de l'alcalinité et de l'acidité organique, application aux précipitations atmosphériques et aux solutions de sols. Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 244 p.      

• LELEYTER L. (1998)- Spéciation chimique des éléments majeurs, traces et des terres rares dans les matières en suspension et dans les sédiments de fonds des cours d’eau : application aux fleuves de Patagonie (Argentine), à la Piracicaba (Brésil), à l’Oued Sébou (Maroc) et à l’Ill (France). Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 272 p et annexes.        

• MANEUX E. (1998)- Erosion mécanique des sols et transports fluviaux de matières en suspension : application des systemes d'information géographique dans les bassins versants de l'Adour, de la Dordogne et de la Garonne. Thèse de doctorat, Université de Bordeaux I, 252 p et annexes. (En co-direction avec H. ETCHEBER, Département de Géologie et Océanographie, URA CNRS 197, Talence)      

• HAIDA S. (2000)- Transport de matières et bilan de l’érosion mécanique et de l’altération chimique dans un bassin versant de zone semi-aride : le Sebou. Impacts des variations climatiques et des activités humaines. Thèse de doctorat d’état, Université Ibn Tofail, Kénitra, Maroc, 268 p. et annexes.

• REMY S. (en co-direction avec P. PRUDENT) (2002)- Spéciation du mercure dans les sols et les eaux de surface.  Thèse de doctorat, ULP Strasbourg, 173 p et annexes.

• HERNANDEZ L. (en co-direction avec A. PROBST) (2003) - Dynamique des éléments traces métalliques dans les sols de différents écosystèmes forestiers français : origine, distribution physique et chimique et facteurs de contrôle. Thèse de doctorat Université Paul  Sabatier, Toulouse, 299 p.

• HISSLER C. (en co-direction avec B. FRITZ, CGS Strasbourg) (2003) - Bilans et dynamique des flux de mercure sur le bassin de la Thur. Thèse de doctorat Université Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg.

• BRUNET F. (en co-direction avec L. FRANçOIS, Univ. Liège en Belgique) (2004) – Variations du rapport isotopique 13C/12C dans les eaux de surface et les sols : traçage des processus d’érosion continentale et apports de carbone aux océans. Thèse de doctorat Université Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, 238 pp et annexes.

• ROUSSIEZ V. (en co-direction avec A. MONACO, CEFREM Perpignan) (2006)– Dynamique des métaux lourds transportés par les fleuves méditerranéens et déposés sur la plate forme du Golfe du Lion. Thèse de doctorat de l’Université de Perpignan.    

• MAMOUDOU M. SOW (en co-direction avec M. TACKX (LEH Toulouse) et A. PROBST (LMTG Toulouse) 2008 – Origine et devenir de la matière organique transportée par un fleuve : impact d’une discontinuité (cas de la retenue de Maulause). Thèse de doctorat INP Toulouse, 194 p.

• N’GUESSAN M. (en co-direction avec A. PROBST) 2008– Dynamique des éléments traces métalliques dans les eaux de surafce des bassins versants de gascogne. Thèse de doctorat INP Toulouse, 213 p et annexes.      

• NKOUE NDONDO G.R. (en co-direction avec J. BOEGLIN, IRD/LMTG Toulouse et J.E. EKODECK Université de Yaoundé I) 2008- Le cycle du carbone en domaine tropical humide : Exemple du bassin versant forestier du Nyong au Sud Cameroun. Thèse de doctorat Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse et Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroun (thèse en co-tutelle) , 228 p. et annexes.        

• PERRIN A.S. (en co-direction avec A. PROBST) 2008- Impact des fertilisants azotés sur l’altération des roches et la consommation de CO2. PhD Toulouse University Paul Sabatier, soutenue le 24 octobre 2008.        

• BUR T. (en co-direction avec A. PROBST et E. PINELLI, EcoLab) 2008- Impacts des activités agricoles sur la dynamique des éléments traces métalliques dans les sols du piémont pyrénéens. Thèse de doctorat INP Toulouse.

• FERRANT S. (en codirection avec J.M. SANCHEZ PEREZ, EcoLab, et P. DURAND, INRA-SAS Rennes)- Modélisation des transferts de nitrates à l’échelle des bassins versants gascons (modèles agro-hydrologiques SWAT et TNT2): impacts des changements d’utilisation des sols et d'itinéraires techniques agricoles. PhD thesis, Toulouse University Paul Sabatier, 2009.      

• TAGHAVI L. (en co-direction avec G. MERLINA (EcoLab))- Dynamique de transfert des pesticides en périodes de crues sur les bassins versants agricoles gascons. Thèse de doctorat Université de Toulouse, INP Toulouse, soutenue le 28 septembre 2010.   

• EL AZZI D. (en codirection avec M. GUIRESSE, EcoLab)- Intercations Matières en Supension-Matières Organiques-Polluants inorganiques et organiques dans les Hydrosystèmes. Thèse de Doctorat Université de Toulouse, UPS, 2012.       

• MACARY F. (en codirection avec D. OMBREDANE)- Analyse multicritère et aide à la décision en agroenvironnement à différentes échelles spatiales. Application aux risques liés aux pratiques agricoles sur la qualité des eaux de surface. Thèse de doctorat Université de Toulouse, INP Toulouse, 2013.

• ASSAKER A. (en co-direction avec R. TEISSERENC, EcoLab et T. DARWISH, CNRSL)- Assessment of environmental ressources in Ibrahim river watershed, Lebanon. Thèse de doctorat Université de Toulouse, INP Toulouse en cotutelle avec le CNRS Libanais, soutenue le 5 février 2016.

Current PhD Students

• AVUMADI A.M. (en co-direction avec Dr K. GNANDI, Université de Lomé, Togo)- Dynamique des apports fluviaux dissous et particulaires au lac Togo : bilans, origines et devenir, mécanismes et facteurs de contrôle. Thèse de doctorat en co-tutelle entre l'INPT et l'Université de Lomé (Togo), 2015-2017.

• BADASSAN T.E.E. (en co-direction avec Dr K. GNANDI, Université de Lomé, Togo et S. JEAN, EcoLab)- Contribution à l’évaluation de la contamination par les hydrocarbures aromatiques polycycliques (HAP) et les éléments traces métalliques (Cd, Pb, As, Hg), dans les sédiments, l’eau et les poissons couramment pêchés de la lagune de Lomé. Thèse de doctorat en co-tutelle entre l'INPT et l'Université de Lomé (Togo), 2016-

• JANTZI H. (en co-direction avec J.M. CAROZZA, UMR GEODE)- L'Incision du Lit de la Garonne : chronologie, quantification et processus. Thèse de doctorat Université Jean Jaurès-Toulouse II, 2014-2017.

• NAJAR P. (en co-direction avec D. El AZZI, USEK, Liban, et A. PROBST, EcoLab)- Transfert de matières dissoutes et particulaires par le fleuve Ibrahim vers la baie de Jbeil au Liban : Fluctuations temporelles haute résolution et rôle des crues. Thèse de doctorat en co-tutelle entre l'INPT et l'Université Saint esprit de Kaslik (Liban), 2016-

• PONNOU-DELAFFON V. (en co-direction avec A. PRROBSY et I. MOUSSA, EcoLab)- Fonctionnement de la zone critique en milieu agricole: tendances hydrochimiques long terme vs évènementielles et multi-traçage isotopique (cas du Bassin versant d’Auradé). Thèse de doctorat de l’Université de Toulouse, INPT, 2016-

• SOW M.A. (en co-direction avec SIDIBE K. et DIOUBATE M.)- Hydrologie et biogéochimie des transports dissous et particulaires sur la rivière Milo à Kankan: bilans, origines, mécanismes et facteurs de contrôle. Thèse de doctorat Université de Toulouse, INPT, en cours. 

Current Postdoctorate


          Jean-Luc PROBST was in charge of many national (PIRAT-GBF and ONT-Garonne of INSU/CNRS) and international projects and programmes : European projects ESCOBA-Biosphere “Continental Erosion and Global Carbon Cycle”, PARAT “A study of transfer of particulate and dissolved phases southern South America to the SW Atlantic ocean", LOICZ/IGBP "Land Ocean Interactions in Southern America", IGCP 459-IUGS/UNESCO « Carbon Cycle and Hydrology in the Paleo Terrestrial Environments ».

         He was and he is always member of many Scientific Committees: CNRS Zones Atelier ORME and ZAAG, European Project CONCERT’EAU, European Network EUROLAT, international programme CHANGES, INQUA Commission « Terrestrial Processes, Deposits and History ». He was also president of the INQUA Carbon Commission (2003-2007). He is now scientific expert member of the French Alliance for the Environment ( Expert group on Water Sciences) which joins together all the French universities and research organisms. He is also a member of the board of directors of the World Competitiveness Cluster on Water.

       He was member of the French National Committee for Scientific Research (sections 12 and 46) during the period 2000-2004. He was member of the Scientific Council of the Toulouse Institute of Technology (INPT) (2007-2015), member of the Toulouse Doctorate School Council “Sciences de l’Univers, de l’Environnement et de l’Espace” (2007-2015), member of the INPT Strategic Orientation Committee (2011-2015), member of the Direction Council of the Toulouse National School of Agronomy (ENSAT) and member of the INPT Research Commission (2011-2015).

       He is also member of different Scientific Councils in French and foreign institutions (ex. Polytechnic Institute LaSalle Beauvais,-France,  Oceanographic Research Center (CRO) Abidjan - Ivory Coast).

      Finally, he is expert member of the French Agency for the Evaluation of Research and Teaching (AERES) and president of different AERES and HCERES evaluation committees.

     Since September 2015, he is the president of the INSU-CNRS Specialized Commission (CS) on Continental Surfaces and Interfaces (SIC). He is also invited member of the scientific council of two CNRS Institutes: CSi INSU and CSi INEE.

       Since 2017, he is the director of the French LTSER "Zone Atelier Pyrénées-Garonne (ZA PYGAR)" which belongs to the French LTSER Network (IR RZA).

Main/Recent publications

Jean-Luc PROBST has published 440 papers of which 130 in peer reviewed journals, 80 book chapters, 190 proceedings of congress and 40 scientific reports.

He was guest editor of 8 special issues in per reviewed journals (2 in Sciences Geologiques Strasbourg, 2 in Chemical Geology-Elsevier, 1 in Publication of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences and 3 in Global and Planetary Change-Elsevier).

Bibliometry Web of Science: 123 publications indexed in the Journal Citation Report (JCR), number of citations > 4800, H index = 39 (ISI-Web of Science)

Bibliometry Google Scholar: 260 publications, >9000 citations, H index = 50, Index i10 = 121

Google Scholar citations: , most of the publications are available from this address

20 major publications

• AMIOTE SUCHET P., PROBST J.L. 1995- A global model for present-day atmospheric/soil CO2 consumption by chemical erosion of continental rocks (GEM-CO2).  Tellus B, 47, 1-2, 273-280.

• AMIOTE SUCHET P., PROBST J.L., LUDWIG W. 2003 - Worldwide distribution of continental rock lithology: implications for the atmospheric/soil CO2 uptake by continental weathering and alkalinity river transports to the oceans. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 17, 2, 1038

• AMIOTTE SUCHET P., AUBERT D., PROBST J.L., GAUTHIER-LAFAYE F., PROBST A., VIVILLE D. and ANDREUX F. 1999-  d13C pattern of dissolved inorganic carbon in a small granitic catchment : the Strengbach case study (Vosges mountains, France).  Chem. Geol., 159, 1-4, 129-145

• BALAKRISHNA K. and PROBST J.L. 2005 – Organic carbon transport and C/N ratio variations in a large tropical river: Godavari as a case study, India. Biogeochemistry, 73, 457-473

• BRUNET F., PROBST J.L., GAIERO D.M., DEPETRIS P.J., GAUTHIER LAFAYE F. and P. STILLE 2005 – δ13C tracing of dissolved inorganic carbon sources in Patagonian rivers. Hydrological Processes, 19, 3321-3344

• GAIERO D.M., PROBST J.L., DEPETRIS P.J., BIDART S. and LELEYTER L. 2003– Iron and other transition metals in Patagonian riverborne and windborne materials : their geochemical control and transport to the SW Atlantic Ocean. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta, 67,19, 3603-3623.

• HERNANDEZ L. , PROBST A. and PROBST J.L. 2003– Heavy metals in some French forest soils : distribution and controling factors. The Science of the Total Environment, 312, 195-219.

• LABAT D., GODDERIS Y., PROBST J.L and GUYOT J.L.. 2004 – Evidence for global runoff increase related to climate warming. Advances in Water Resources, 27, 631-642.

• LADOUCHE B., PROBST A., VIVILLE D., IDIR S., BAQUE D. LOUBET M., PROBST J.L., BARIAC T. 2001- Hydrograph separation using isotopic, chemical and hydrological approaches (Strengbach catchment, France). Journal of Hydrology, 94, 3-4, 289-311

• LELEYTER L. and PROBST J.L. 1999- A new sequential extraction procedure for the speciation of particulate trace elements in river sediments. Intern. J. Environ. Anal. Chem., 73 (2), 109-128.

• LUDWIG W, PROBST JL, KEMPE S (1996)- Predicting the oceanic input of organic carbon by continental erosion. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 10,1, 23-41.

• LUDWIG W. and PROBST J.L. 1998- River sediment discharge to the oceans : present-day controls and global budgets. Am. Journ. Sci., 298, p. 265-295.

• MARTINS O. and PROBST J.L. 1991- Biogeochemistry of major African rivers: carbon and mineral transport. Chapter 6. (1991) In: Biogeochemistry of Major World Rivers. (SCOPE ; 42). John Wiley & Sons, pp. 127-155.

• MORTATTI J. and PROBST J.L. 2003– Silicate rock weathering and atmospheric/soil CO2 uptake in the Amazon basin estimated from river water geochemistry: seasonal and spatial variations. Chem. Geol., 197, 177-196.

• PERRIN A.S., PROBST A. and PROBST J.L. 2008 – Impact of nitrogen fertilizers on carbonate dissolution in small agricultural catchments: Implications for weathering CO2 uptake at regional and global scales. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 72, 3105-3123.

• PROBST J.L. (1985)- Nitrogen and phosphorus exportation in the Garonne basin (France).  J. Hydrology , 76, 3-4, 281-305.

• PROBST J.L. and TARDY Y. 1987- Long range streamflow and world continental runoff fluctuations since the beginning of this century. Journ. of Hydrol., 94, p. 289-311.

• PROBST J.L., MORTATTI J. and TARDY Y. (1994)- Carbon river fluxes and global weathering CO2 consumption in the Congo and Amazon river basins. Applied Geochemistry, 9, 1-13.

• PROBST J.L., NKOUNKOU R.R., KREMPP G., BRICQUET J.P., THIEBAUX J.P. and OLIVRY J.C. 1992- Dissolved major elements exported by the Congo and the Ubangui rivers during the period 1987-1989.  Journ. of Hydrol., 135, p. 237-257

• SEMHI K., AMIOTTE SUCHET P., CLAUER N., PROBST J.L. 2000- Impact of nitrogen fertilizers on the natural weathering-erosion processes and fluvial transport in the Garonne basin. Applied Geochemistry, 16, 6, 865-878

Publications since 2009


• Djukic I. et al. 2018- Early stage litter decomposition across biomes. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629, 1369-1394.

• Benabdelkader A., Taleb A., Probst JL, Belaidi N., Probst A. 2018- Anthropogenic contribution and influencing factors on metal features in fluvial sediments from a semi-arid Mediterranean river basin (Tafna River, Algeria): A multi-indices approach. The Science of the Total Environment [21 Jan 2018, 626:899-914]

• Carozza JM, Jantzi H, Probst JL- 2018- Les extractions de granulats dans le lit mineur de la moyenne Garonne toulousaine durant la seconde moitié du XXe siècle. Sud-Ouest Européen, Presse Universitaires du Mirail, CNRS, sous presse.


• N'Guessan Y.M., Wognin V.A., Kouadio K.G., Probst A., Probst J.L. 2017- Paramètres influençant la distribution des éléments traces métalliques dans les affluents du fleuve Garonne (France). Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci., 11, 3: 1361-1372

• N'Guessan Y.M., Adopo K.L., Wango T.E., Probst J.L., Probst A. 2017- Mobility and bioavailability of trace elements in the Toch catchment (Haute-Garonne, France). Int. J. Innovation and Applied Studies, 19, 3, 658-667

• Bahin Y.B.E., Haida S., Probst J.L. 2017 - Analyse de la variabilité hydroclimatique et impacts des barrages sur le régime hydrologique d'une rivière de zone semi-aride: le Sebou au Maroc. European Scientific Journal, 13, 5: 509-525.

• Jantzi H., Carozza J.M., Probst J.L., Valette P. 2017- Geomorphological adjustments of channel of the middle Garonne River downstream of Toulouse over the last 200 years (South West, France). Geomorphologie: Relief, Processus, Environnement. In press,


• Donnini M., Frondini F., Probst J.L., Probst A., Cardellini C., Marchesini I., Guzzetti F. 2016- Chemical weathering and consumption of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the Alpine region. Global and Planetary Change, 136:65-81s, doi: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.10.017

• FERRANT S, BUSTILLO V, BUREL E, SALMON-MONVIOLA J, CLAVERIE M, JAROSZ N, YIN T, RIVALLAND V, DEDIEU G, DEMAREZ V, CESCHIA E, PROBST A, AL-BITAR A, KERR Y, PROBST JL, DURAND P, GASCOIN S 2016- Extracting Soil Water Holding Capacity Parameters of a Distributed Agro-Hydrological Model from High Resolution Optical Satellite Observations Series. Remote Sens. 2016, 8(2), 154; doi: 10.3390/rs8020154

• N'GUESSAN YM, WANGO TE, ADOPO KL, PROBST JL, PROBST A 2016-Geochemical characteristics of surface waters in an agricultural environment: Case of Gascogne catchments (Midi Pyrénées Region, S-W France). International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, ISSN 2028-9324, Vol. 17 No. 2 Jul. 2016, pp. 394-406

• ZABALETA A., ANTIGUEDAD I., BARRIO I., PROBST J.L. 2016- Suspended sediment delivery from small catchments to the Bay of Biscay. What are the controlling factors ? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41, 1894-1910, DOI: 10.1002/esp.3957

• EL AZZI D, PROBST JL, TEISSERENC R, MERLINA G, BAQUE D, JULIEN F, PAYRE-SUC V, GUIRESSE M. 2016 - Trace element and pesticide dynamics during a flood event in the Save agricultural watershed: soil-river transfer pathways and controlling factors. Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 227-442, DOI 10.1007/s11270-016-3144-0.


• Behra P. et Probst J.L. 2015− Sources et cheminements des polluants. In/ "L'eau à découvert", sous la direction de Euzen A., Jeandel C. et Mosseri R., CNRS Editions, Paris, 5eme Partie “Qualite de l’Eau”, 208-209.

• Paul A., Moussa I., Payre V., Probst A., Probst J.L. 2015- Flood survey of nitrate behaviour using nitrogen isotope tracing in the critical zone of a French agricultural catchment. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 347: 328-337,

• Probst J.L. et Probst A. 2015− Composition des eaux et variabilité naturelle. In: "L'eau à découvert", sous la direction de Euzen A., Jeandel C. et Mosseri R., CNRS Editions, Paris, 5eme Partie “Qualite de l’Eau”, 206-207.

• Sow M.M., Majdi N., Muylaert K., Tackx M., Julien F., Probst J.L., Mialet B., Sutra C., Probst A., Thiébault J.M., Kenarlikdjian, Gerino M. 2015-Retention of nutrients, suspended particulate matter and phytoplankton in a pondage associated with a run-of-the-river type hydroelectric power plant. Ecohydrology, , 9, 2, 229-237, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1626 


• Boithias, L.; Sauvage, S.; Merlina, G.; Jean, S.; Probst, J.L. and Sánchez Pérez, J.M. 2014- New insight into pesticide partition coefficient Kd for modelling pesticide fluvial transport: Application to an agricultural catchment in south-western France. Chemosphere, 99, 134-142.

• Macary F, Morin S, Probst JL, Saudubray F 2014 - A multi-scale method to assess pesticide contamination risks in agricultural watersheds. Ecological Indicators, 36, 624-639

• Ferrant S., Gascoin S., Veloso A., Salmon-Monviola J., Claverie M., Rivalland V., Dedieu G., demarez V., Ceschia E., Probst J.L., Durand P., Bustillo V. 2014- Agro-hydrology and multi-temporal high-resolution remote sensing: toward an explicit spatial processes calibration. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 5219-5237. doi:10.5194/hess-18-5219-2014

•PROBST J.L., TETEGAN M. et PROBST A. 2014 – Livret-Guide: Bassin versant experimental agricole du Montousse a Aurade (Gascogne). Livret Guide, octobre 2014, Toulouse, 41 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1695.4642


• El Azzi, D; Viers, J; Guiresse, M; Probst A., Aubert D., Caparros J., Charles F., Guizien K., Probst J.L. 2013 Origin and fate of copper in a small Mediterranean vineyard catchment: new insights from combined chemical extraction and δ65Cu isotopic composition. The Science of the Total Environment, 463-464, 91-101   DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.05.058   

• Ferrant, S., Durand, P., Justes, E., Probst J.L., Sanchez Perez J.M. 2013 Simulating the long term impact of nitrate mitigation scenarios in a pilot study basin. Agricultural Water Management, 124, 85-96   DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2013.03.023  

• Redon, P.O.; Bur, T., Guiresse, M.; Probst J.L., Toiser A., Revel J.C., Jolivet C., Probst A. 2013 Modelling trace metals background to evaluate anthropogenic contamination in arable soils of south-western France. GEODERMA, 206, 112-122   DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma2013.04.023   

• Roussiez, V.; Probst, A.; Probst, J.L. 2013 Significance of floods in metal dynamics and export in a small agricultural catchment. Journal of Hydrology, 499, 71-81   DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.06.013   

• Tripti, M.; Lambs, L.; Otto, T., Gurumurthy P., Teisserenc R., Moussa I., Balakrishna K. and Probst J.L. 2013 First assessment of water and carbon cycles in two tropical coastal rivers of south-west India: an isotopic approach.  Rapid Communications In Mass Spectrometry, 27, 15, 1681-1689   DOI: 10.1002/rcm.6616


• Ferrant, S.; Laplanche, C.; Durbe, G., Probst A., Dugast P., Durand P., Sanchez Perez J.M. and Probst J.L. 2012 Continuous measurement of nitrate concentration in a highly event-responsive agricultural catchment in south-west of France: is the gain of information useful ?  Hydrological Processes, 27, 12, 1751-1763   DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9324

• MORTATTI J., MENEGHEL DE MORAES G. and PROBST J.L. 2012- Heavy metal distribution in recent sediments along the Tieté River basin (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Geochemical Journal, 46, 13-19.

• ROUSSIEZ, V.; HEUSSNER, S.; LUDWIG, W., RADAKOVITCH O., DURIEU DE MADRON X., GUIEU C., PROBST J.L., MONACO A., DELSAUT N. 2012 Impact of oceanic floods on particulate metal inputs to coastal and deep-sea environments: A case study in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Continental Shelf Research, 45, 15-26   DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2012.05.012


• BOITHIAS L., SAUVAGE S., TAGHAVI L., MERLINA G., PROBST J.L., SANCHEZ−PEREZ J.M. 2011− Occurence of metolachlor and trifluralin losses in the Save river agricultural catchment during floods. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 196, 210−219 doi:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2011.09.012

• BRUNET F., POTOT C., PROBST A. and PROBST J.L. 2011− Stable carbon isotope evidence for nitrogenous fertilizer impact on carbonate weathering in a small agricultural watershed. Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom., 25, 2682−2690. DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5050

• FERRANT S., OEHLER F., DURAND P., RUIZ L., SAMON-MONVIOLA J., JUSTES E., DUGAST P., PROBST A.,PROBST J.L. and SANCHEZ-PEREZ J.M. 2011- Understanding nitrogen transfer dynamics in a small agriculturalcatchment: comparison of a distributed (TNT2) and a semi distributed (SWAT) modeling approaches. Journal of Hydrology, 406, 1-15 doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.05.026

• ROUSSIEZ V., LUDWIG W., RADAKOVITCH O., PROBST J.L., MONACO A., CHARRIERE B., BUSCAIL R. 2011- Fate of metals in coastal sediments of a Mediterranean flood-dominated system: an approach based on total and labile fractions. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 92, 486-495 doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2011.02.009

• SCHULTE P., VAN GELDERN R., FREITAG H., KARIM A., NEGREL P., PETELET−GIRAUD E., PROBST A., PROBST J.L., TELMER K., VEIZER J. and BARTH J.A.C. 2011− Applications of stable water and carbon isotopes in watershed research: weathering, carbon cycling and water balances. Earth−Science Review, 109, 20−31 doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2011.07.003

• TAGHAVI L., MERLINA G. and PROBST J.L. 2011− The role of storm flows in concentration of pesticides associated with particulate and dissolved fractions as a threat to aquatic ecosystems. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, 400, 06 DOI: 10.1051/kmae/2011002


• FAURE−DENARD L., SERVANT M., FAURE O., ORTLIEB L. and PROBST J.L. 2010 − Hugues Faure, 1928−2003: the unique adventure of his life. Global and Planetary Change, 72, 248−256.

• MORTATTI J. and PROBST J.L. 2010− Characteristics of heavy metals and their evaluation in suspended sediments from Piracicaba river basin (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Revista Brasileira de Geociençias, 40 (3), 375−379.

• MORTATTI J., HISSLER C. and PROBST J.L. 2010− Distribuiçao de metais pesados nos sedimentos de fundo aolongo da bacia du Rio Tietë. Geologia, Revista do Instituto de Geociências−USP, 10, 2, 3−11.

• PROBST J.L., ORTLIEB L., and FAURE−DENARD L. (Eds.) 2010− Quaternary and global changes: review and issues. Special issue in memory of Hugues Faure. Global and Planetary Change, 72, 247.

• TAGHAVI L., PROBST J.L.,  MERLINA G., MARCHAND A.L., DURBE G. and PROBST A. 2010- Flood event impact on pesticide transfer in a small agricultural catchment (Montousse at Aurade, South West of France).  International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, 90, 388-403.

• VIVILLE D., DROGUE G., PROBST A., LADOUCHE B., IDIR S., PROBST J.L. & BARIAC T. 2010. Hydrological behaviour of the granitic Strengbach catchment (Vosges massif, eastern France) during a flood event. In: Status and Perspectives of Hydrology in Small Basins, Herrmann A. & Schumann S. (Eds.), Co−edited by Holko L., Littlewood I., Pfister L., Warmerdam P. & Schröder U.,  IAHS Pub. 336, ISBN 978−1−907161−08−7, 77−83, 316 + xii pp.


• AHIZOUN M., MAIRE E., HAIDA S., DARROZES J. et PROBST J.L.- 2009- Estimation des changements de la ligne de rivage de la zone côtière sablonneuse de Kénitra au Maroc. Afrique SCIENCE, 05(2), 184-198.

• BRUNET F., DUBOIS K., VEIZER J., NKOUE NDONDO G.R., NDAM NGOUPAYOU J.R., BOEGLIN J. et PROBST J.L. 2009– Terrestrial and fluvial carbon fluxes in a tropical watershed: Nyong basin, Cameroon.  Chemical Geology, 265, 563-572

• BUR T., PROBST J.L., N’GUESSAN M. and PROBST A. 2009 – Distribution and origin of lead in stream sediments from small agricultural catchments draining Miocene molassic deposits (SW France). Applied Geochemistry, 24, 1324-1338.

• Kengni, L., Tekoudjou, H., TEMATIO P., PAMO TEDONKENGE E., Tankou, C.M., Lucas Y., Probst, J.L. 2009 - Rainfall Variability along the Southern Flank of the Bambouto Mountain(West-Cameroon). (2009) Journal of the Cameroon academy of sciences, 8, 1, 45-52. ISSN 9956-26-000-2

• LAMBS L., BRUNET F. and PROBST J.L. 2009 – Isotopic characteristics of the Garonne River and its tributaries. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 23, 2543-2550.

• LUDWIG W., ROUSSIEZ V., MONACO A. and PROBST J.L. 2009 –Les métaux lourds dans le golfe du Lion : voies de contamination. In : MONACO A., LUDWIG W., PROVANSAL M. et PICON B. (Eds.) “Le Golfe du lion : Un Observatoire de l’Environnement en Méditerranée Chapitre 18. Edition QUAE, 338 p.

• N’GUESSAN M., PROBST J.L., BUR T., and PROBST A. 2009 – Trace elements in stream bed sediments from agricultural catchments (Gascogne region, S-W France): where do they come from? The Science of The Total Environment, 407, 2939-2952.


2006-2011 : contrat sur convention avec GPN/TOTAL pour suivre la « Dynamique de transfert des nitrates sur le bassin versant expérimental du Montoussé (Auradé, 32) ».

2006-2010 : projet interrégional (Aquitaine-Midi Pyrénées) INSOLEVIE « Risques environnementaux liés aux pollutions agricoles et qualité physico-chimique et biologique des cours d’eau » avec le CEMAGREF de Bordeaux et EDB de Toulouse.

2008-2010 : projet EC2CO CRUMED «  Impacts des Crues éclair Méditerranéennes sur la zone littorale (usages viticoles et touristiques » avec le LOBB de Banyuls, le CEFREM de Perpignan et le LMTG de Toulouse. 

Depuis 2011- SOERE ( ALLENVI)-Réseau de Bassins Versants ( RBV) avec le bassin versant expérimental agricole du Montoussé à Auradé (Gers), en collaboration avec le CESBIO, ADER-IRSTEA, GET et Association des Agriculteurs d'Auradé 

Depuis 2011- Equipex national CRITEX “Multi-disciplinary monitoring of the Critical Zone of the Earth” avec le BV experimental du Montoussé à Auradé

Depuis 2011- Plateforme mutualisée d'innovation "DECIDAIE": Plateforme et Système Décisionnel pour une Agriculture Ecologique et productive 

Depuis 2012- Projet IRRIS (IRRIgation Ingénierie Services) financé par la DGCIS en collaboration avec le LAAS-CNRS et des partenaires industriels 

Since 2013- Plateforme régionale Midi-Pyrénées " Bassin Versant Expérimental d'Auradé" en collaboration avec le CESBIO, ADER-IRSTEA, GET et Association des Agriculteurs d'Auradé

Since 2012- SOERE- ECOSCOPE- ROBE (Réseau d'Observatoires de la Biodiversité et des Ecosystèmes) en collaboration avec les laboratoires du DIPEE-INEE/CNRS 

2011-2013- ANR PARAD and ECOS-Sud project "Flux de poussières atmosphériques en Amérique du Sud-Comparaison spatio-temporelle"

2013-2016- ANR ESCAPADE "Evaluation de scénarios sur la cacade de l'azote dans les paysages agricoles et modélisation territoriale"

2015-2016- EC2CO project (INEE/INSU-CNRS): "Caractérisation comparative de la qualité et des sources du carbone organique dissous dans les rivières arctiques soumis au changement climatique: approche combinée d'outils moléculaires, de mesure in situ et d'imagerie satellitaire.

Since 2017- Zone Atelier Pyrénées-Garonne (ZA PYGAR, INEE-CNRS), French LTSER, in collaboration with 17 other laboratories of Toulouse and Bordeaux.


2009-2012 : projet européen InterReg SUDOE «  AGUAFLASH »

2011-2014 : projet AUF-ROFA  "Réseau Réseau d’Observatoires des hydrosystèmes Fluviaux en Afrique": impact des changements climatiques et des perturbations anthropiques , en collaboration avec l’Université Ibn Tofail à Kénitra au Maroc (Pr S. Haida) pour l’Oued Sebou, l’Université de Dakar au Sénégal (Pr A. Kane) pour le fleuve Sénégal, l’Université de Cocody à Abidjan en Côte d’ivoire (Dr M. N’Guessan) et le Centre de Recherche Océanographique (CRO) d’Abidjan (Dr. B. Bamba) pour le fleuve Bandama

2012-2015: European FP7 project TOMCAR-Permafrost "Terrestrial organic matter characterization in Arctic river through molecular and isotopic analyses"

2013- O-LIFE Observatoire Libano-Français de l'Environnement (LIA CNRS): un observatoire de la zone critique entre la France et le Liban.

Since 2013- Projet de coopération avec l’Université Julius NYERERE à Kankan (Guinée) sur le bassin versant du Milo, affluent du Niger. Projet financé par l’Amabassade de France à Conakry (1 bourse de thèse)

2013- GDRI-CNRS International research consortium  CAR-WET-SIB-II: "Carbon, water and metal transport in wetlands of Siberia: key for understanding the future climate and environmental health of boreal zone."

2013- French-Siberian collaborative projet "Environment, climate, continental surafce, biosphere"  within the framework of the French-Siberian Center for research and training 

Since 2014- Projet de Coopération avec l’Université de Lomé au Togo sur les bassins versants du Zio et du Haho. Financement de l’Amabassade de France à Lomé (2 bourses de thèse) et projet H2020 MAGNIFIC (fonctionnement et équipement).

2015-2016: Projet PHC CEDRE avec le Liban: Observatoire du fonctionnement hydro-biogéochimique des surfaces continentales au Liban: l'Observatoire du fleuve Ibrahim. Collaboration avec Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik et Center for Remote Sensing (CNRSL)

Since 2015: Projet d’Observatoir Mauricien-Français de l’Environnement (O’MAFE) sur l’Ile Maurice en collaboration avec l’University of Mauritius et le gouvernement mauricien (différents services de l’état), financement par l’Ambassade France à Maurice, en attente de dépôt d’un projet de LIA-CNRS.

Since 2017: Projet PHC TOUBKAL avec le Maroc, Université Ibn Tofail de Kénitra « Observatoire du fonctionnement hydro-biogéochimique des surfaces continentales au Maroc: l'Observatoire de l'Oued Sebou (O’SEBOU). Projet en liste complémentaire, évaluation finale en attente.

Teaching - Courses :

He was also in charge during five year (2005-2009) of the MASTER "Functioning of Ecosystems and Anthropisation" (today Ecology and Biosciences of Environment, EBEN), a joint MASTER ( Research and Professional) University of Toulouse III (UPS) - Toulouse Institute of Technology (INPT)

• Member of the Administrative Council of the French Society for Stable Isotopes (SFIS)

• Intercomparison test network for the International Cooperation Programme on Assessment and Monitoring Effects of Air Pollution on Rivers and Lake ( ICP Waters) organised each year by NIVA

• Member the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)

• Member of the French National Commitee of Hydrological Sciences (CNFGG-Hydrology)

• Member of the  French National Committee of INQUA

• Life member of the International Association of GeoChemistry (IAGC)

• Member of the Critical Zone Exploration Network (CZEN).

• CZEN PI of the Auradé Experiment Catchment field site.

• Member of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH)

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