Organisation and management

The OPE was established by ANDRA in 2007 to formulate an environmental baseline as part of the geological storage project. Several ANDRA employees work on the OPE full-time to run, manage and promote the project.

OPE organigram

The OPE team is made up of permanent ANDRA staff from the Observation and Monitoring Unit team's, within the Research and Development Department.

  • Patrick Landais: Director of Research and Development Department and OPE Director
  • Stéphane Buschaert: Observation and Monitoring Unit Manager

Permanent team:

  • Elisabeth Leclerc: Observation and Monitoring Department Deputy manager and OPE Manager
  • Emmanuel Hance: Responsible for Water, Human Activity and Biodiversity thematics
  • Jean-Patrick Verron: Responsible for Database and Samples
  • Sébastien Conil: Responsible for Soil, Remote Sensing and Atmosphere thematics
  • Maxime Simon: Responsible for Facilities Maintenance

Photo of members of the OPE

The OPE team (from left to right): Stéphane Buschaert, Jean-Patrick Verron, Elisabeth Leclerc, Sébastien Conil, Maxime Simon, Emmanuel Hance.

OPE organisation and management

The OPE interacts and cooperates with different partners from the public, private, research and environmental sectors.

Acquisition and operations are guaranteed by working in collaboration with various stakeholders, including local institutions (such as chambers of agriculture, the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing, the National Forests Office, and the National Hunting and Wildlife Agency), local authorities, towns and farmers, associations (such as fishing and hunting federations), study centres, and research laboratories belonging to various public bodies. The OPE's activities fall under the framework of specific regulations, such as the Environment Code, and also benefit from large subsidies from the Environment Round Table. It is regularly assessed by different ANDRA programme assessors.

The OPE scientific council, chaired by the Director of the OTELO Universe Sciences Observatory of Lorraine and composed of 13 qualified specialists, evaluates its activities and steers its research programmes. It is also involved in selecting projects that are financed after an annual OPE public tender.

The OPE steering committee, which is made up of partners such as laboratories, research institutes and universities, was established in order to bring together all partners that are leading projects on the OPE territory. It implements scientific programmes, analyses and shares data, and plans new development directions.

In 2011 the OPE integrated with the OTELO Universe Sciences Observatory of Lorraine (Lorraine Earth Observatory), responsible for scientific leadership and pooling of researches implemented locally by permanent environmental research and observation structures (universities, laboratories, etc.). OTELO gathers together different research bodies such as the CNRS, UHP, INPL and UPVM, involving over 450 people working in 8 laboratories- 5 in the geoscience sector, 2 in the agricultural sector, and 1 in the bioecology sector.

Schema of the organisation and management of the OPEOPE organisation and management: OPE is part of ANDRA, and interacts with numerous stakeholders. It has a scientific council linked to the SOERE, and a steering committee. It is also integrated with the Universe Sciences Observatory of Lorraine.

The SOERE label

In 2010, the OPE received the "Long-term observation and experimentation systems for environmental research" (SOERE) label, as granted by AllEnvi, the National Research Alliance for the Environment. This alliance is responsible for coordinating national policy for supporting platforms and infrastructure of environmental science research.

The SOERE label aims to make this observatory a hub for networks and experiments that involve different partners and make use of different environmental research systems. Its buildings are made available to the scientific community so that they can exploit and develop the acquired data.

Members of the SOERE-OPE scientific council

List of members of the SOERE-OPE scientific council
NameSurnameOrganisationDepartment
Patrick LANDAIS ANDRA Research and Development
Marc BENOIT INRA SAD Mirecourt
Philippe BOUSQUET UVSQ LSCE
Guillaume ECHEVARRIA ENSAIA LSE
Xavier LE ROUX FRB
Christian MUSTIN CNRS LIMOS
Elisabeth LECLERC ANDRA DRD-OS
Philip ROCHE CEMAGREF EMAX
Jacques RANGER INRA BEF
Luis APARICIO ANDRA DRD-EV
Yves THIRY ANDRA DRD-TR
Michel VAUCLIN CNRS / CS ANDRA LTHE
Frédéric VILLIERAS CNRS OTELO

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