• Complex systems and software engineering
  • Energy, Ecology, Environment

Géosciences Paris-Saclay (GEOPS)

Research unit


GeOPS is made up of 5 teams working on : (i) the interactions and dynamics in continental water reservoirs, (ii) planetary geomorphology and subsurface-atmosphere interactions, (iii) the movements of continental crust, the evolution of sedimentery reservoirs and ressources, (iv) geochronology and the dynamics of volcanic systems, (v) the study of climate dynamics in the past. The research teams work closely with many industrial partners involved in those fields such as Total, AREVA, GDF-Suez etc...


  • Mr Christophe COLIN

Innovation themes

Map and access

Rue du Belvédère
Bâtiment 504 et 509
91405 ORSAY

Our research areas


- subsurface atmosphere interactions
- dynamics of volcanic systems
- uranium mining
- chromothermometric methods such as fission traces and (U-Th)/He
- dating of economi cal mineralization in sedimentary reservoirs via (U-Th)/He and Sm-Nd on fluorines methods
- micropaleontology (nanofossils ...)
- sedimentary dynamics (granulometry, X-Ray diffraction, MEB), and dynamics of isotopic geochemistry (epsilon Nd, delta 180 and delta 13C)
- soil contamination, management and observation of underground water, water ressources, water quantification/qualification
- study of watersheds (surface water, soil ...), water and pollution transfer hydrological and hydrogeological systems, water-rock interaction, undeground water dating

Applications sectors

  • IT / software
  • Other business
  • Energy
  • Administration / Public sector

Total number of employees

Total number of employees : 105
Number of researchers : 43
Number of doctoral students : 30

Equipment(s) open to collaboration

- instruments from the PANOPLY platform (Plateforme Analytique Géosciences Paris Saclay) http://panoply.lsce.ipsl.fr/index.php/fr/
- cold rooms (arctic simulation)
- instruments from the PANOPLY (Plateforme Analytique Géosciences Paris Saclay) platform http://panoply.lsce.ipsl.fr/index.php/fr/


Our results

Valuation offer

- micropaleontology
- clay mineralogy via DRX

Projects examples

- ANR HAMOC (Holocene North Atlantic Gyres and Mediterranean Overturning dynamic through Climate Changes)
- ANR FRIPON (Fireball Recovery and InterPlaneteray Observation Network)
- ANR Helium Diffusion
- ANR Climaflu
- CNES project about in-situ martian rock dating
- CNRS project about hyperspectral spatial imaging analysis
- European project NIDYFICS (NIckel DYnamics in impacted ultramaFIC Soils)
- Industrial project CLAYCOAT (CLAY COATing in shallow marine clastic deposits to improve reservoir quality prediction)
- ITN-GTS next
All projects on http://geops.geol.u-psud.fr/spip.php?rubrique2

Industrial and scientific relations

Scientific collaborations

- France : GNR (Groupement National de Recherche) Forpro, FAST, IAS, LGP-Meudon, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, IPGP, Toulouse, Nantes, Pau, et avec l'École des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Université de Lorraine, Université de Strasbourg, Université de Tours, Université d'Avignon, Université Franche-Comté, Université de Montpellier, le CEA...
- International : LPI (Houston, TX), INAF (Rome) and Politecnico di Milano, Universities in Italy, Syrira, Slovakia, Iran and Portugal, Université de Brasilia, Prague, Nouakchott, Houmphouet-Boigny Abidjan, Dar es Salaam Tanzanie, Melnikov Permafrost Institute, Biala Podlaska (Pologne), Antalya (Turkey), ...

Private collaborations

National institutions : AREVA, ENGIE, TOTAL, Lundin Petroleum, Vermillon Energy, IFPEN


Establishments of affiliation