Societal & scientific contexts

Several progresses were made the last decade when addressing spatial structures and connectivities in relation to :

  1. Their geometries and hydro-dynamical properties,
  2. Their influences on matter fluxes,
  3. Their inclusion into integrated modelling schemes and mechanistic models, 
  4. Their inclusion into possible evolutions of territorial water governance. Nowadays, it is necessary to sustain efforts on these progresses and to capitalise on recent advances.

Overall objectives


The overall objective of the ALTOS project is to improve water management models for rainfed and irrigated agriculture, considering the modulation of spatial structures and connectivity induced by hydro-agricultural infrastructures and practices, as a tool innovative rational use / protection of water resources.

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Specific objectives


ALTOS mobilises a large panel of existing materials and partnerships for both research (e.g., datasets, modelling schemes, integrated analysis with participative seminars), and impact (collaboration with water management authorities and engineering offices through community facilities such as observatories, joint laboratories, and modelling platforms). It also benefits from long-term institutional programs such as environmental research observatories, international joint laboratories, and modelling platforms, so called hereafter community facilities.


ISBA model

SURFEX source code The model installation instructions


code MAESPA 1D and 2D original MAESPA code  

Call for applications

INRGREF is applying for a contractual graduate with a PhD degree in the field of "agricultural water resources management" in…