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Experimental site for studying the impact of global changes on the relationships between agricultural production and water resources at different scales (2007-today)

The Crau-Camargue area was chosen as an experimental site to study the impact of global change on the relationships between the agricultural production and water ressources at different scales. based on relationships with local partners, different fields were set up to monitor crop growth, agriculural practices, surface-air exchanges and hydrochemical functioning of the aquifer. The studied crops are: irrigated grasslands, rice, wheat, coussoul and sansouire.

Available measurements

puce_verte Institutional information and inquiries on agricultural practices

puce_verte Vegetation characteristics (- LAI - leaf area index, canopy height, biomass)

puce_verte Micrometeorological measurement network

puce_verte Remote sensing image database

puce_verte Groundwater monitoring measurements (piezometers, salinity, hyrdochemical analysis, water isotopes)

Measurement period: 2007 - today


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Associated projects







French partners

INRA labs

Agir, Toulouse (Agrosystèmes et développement terrirorial)
G-EAU Montpellier (Gestion de l'Eau , Acteurs, Usages)
GSE, Aix en Provence(Géochimie des Sols et des Eaux)
Innovation, Montpellier (UMR Innovation et Développement dans l'Agriculture et l'Agroalimentaire)
SYSTEM Montpellier (Fonctionnement et conduite des systèmes de culture tropicaux et méditerranéens)

Other labs & institutions

CESBIO, Toulouse (UMR Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère)
CNRM, Toulouse (Centre National de Rercherches Météorologiques)
CEREGE, Aix en Provence (Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement)
Domaine du Merle, Salon de Provence
ONERA, Salon de Provence, Toulouse (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales)
Tour du Valat, Camargue (Centre de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes)

Socio-economical partners

ASA d’irrigation Crau-Sud Alpilles (Association Syndicale Autorisée)
Agence de l’eau RMC (Rhône-Méditerranée-Durance)
Comité du foin de Crau, Saint-Martin de Crau
G2C Aix en Provence & Marseille
Orange Labs, Sophia Antipolis
MEED SA, Paris (Matières premières, Eau, Environnement, Développement)
SYMCRAU, Saint-Martin de Crau (SYndicat Mixte d'étude et de gestion de la nappe de la CRAU)


ITC, University of Twente, Netherlands, faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation
NIAES, Japan (National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences)
Universitat de Valencia, Spain
Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Marocco


Albert Olioso, researcher

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