LTSER Zone Atelier Seine - France
LTSER Zone Atelier Seine
The LTSER Zone Atelier Seine belongs to LTER-France network and is located in Seine River Basin. The ZA Seine general aim is the study of a whole region. How its inhabitants construct the aquatic environment, as well as the quality of surface- and ground-waters may be seen as the dominant scientific question. The question is posed at various scales in space (from sub-catchments to the whole basin), and in time (from historical analysis starting in the Middle-Age to prospective studies for the next century).
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The ZA Seine is based on a set of three sub-programs. The PIREN-Seine program focuses on the river basin. It provides models of water, heat and nutrient circulation at various scales, including soils and water compartments, which the best way to study such a large system as a whole. These models include modeling of fish population, their behavior in a perturbed aquatic environment. The program also works on micro-pollutants circulation and their ecotoxicological impact. It relies on master sites at the sub-catchment scale for more detailed studies of biogeochemical, ecological and social processes.The Seine-Aval program focuses on the estuary and the near coastal area. The Seine-Aval program also proposes a detailed study and modeling of the whole ecosystem and food-web in the estuary. The OPUR program focuses on the Paris conurbation with a special emphasis on pollutant circulation, including analysis of products utilization by inhabitants and the potential for change.
Affiliation and Network Specific Information