FRRhone Basin Long Term Environmental Research Observatory (RBLTER)

An observatory on hydrosystems & social dynamics linked to water

The Rhone Basin Long Term Environment Research comprises Observatory and / or Experimental Sites. It is the support of research programmes that provide elements of knowledge to stakeholders and to public decision-makers, in the field of sustainable management of rivers and watersheds.

A researchers and partners network

Technical tour - Durance


A researchers and partners network

  • a scientific label of the CNRS
  • 24 universities, schools or research organisations
  • 300 researchers


It aims to provide to decision-makers with a methodology to evaluate the effects of watersheds rehabilitation or restoration on river hydrosystems, in terms of biodiversity, sustainability (lasting effects), ecological services and potential uses

4 research themes crossed on experimental sites …

  • Climatic change and resources
  • Flows, forms, habitats, biocoenocis
  • Pollution flows, ecotoxicology and ecosystem
  • Social observation of the river governorship

A forum of exchange

  • Co-ordination of scientifc and technical workshops
  • To look for a correct adequacy between developed research programmes and social concerns expressed by professionnals

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Themes and sites interconnection

THEMES Sites Observatories
  Wetlands sites Ardiere watershed Arc Isere watershed Drome braided river SIPIBEL Cevenol rivers OHM VR OSR OTHU Alpine Lakes Observatory
Climatic change and resources x   x     x x     x
Flows, forms, habitats, biocoenocis x   x x   x x x x x
Pollution flows, ecotoxicology and ecosystem   x x   x   x x x x
Social observation of the river governorship x x   x x x x   x  

OTHU = Field Observatory for Urban Water management
OHM VR = Human and natural systems Observatory
OSR = Rhone Sediment Observatory


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