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Burte Julien

Etablissement:CIRAD - CIRAD
Catégorie:Chercheurs EPST et EPIC
Adresse:INAT ‚Äď 43 Avenue Charles Nicolle 1080 Tunis Mahraj√®ne TUNISIE
Adresse électronique:julien.burte@cirad.fr
Site Internet:
Téléphone:+216 92 77 56 08
Télécopie:+216 71 79 93 91
√Čquipe de recherche:Socio-Hydro - Dynamiques socio-hydrologiques des territoires de l'eau


Professional Record  

2011-…   : Researcher at the CIRAD- UMR G-EAU and professor of the postgraduate school of agricultural engineering (Federal University of Ceará)    Main research topics: ·         Environmental assessment applied to water resources and irrigated systems in Mediterranean and tropical regions.    Teaching (watershed management, water resources allocation)    Students supervision at Msc and PhD levels.

2010-2011 : Visiting professor at the Federal University of Cear√° (Agricultural Engineering ‚Äď Watershed management)


Main research topics       

  • Strategies for sustainable multi-use of small water resources in semi-arid areas (participatory building of prospective scenarios, modeling of water resources dynamics and availability, indicators of environmental and economic sustainability, social learning) (USP-UFC-AgroParisTech-CIRAD-UMR GEau - Funding IFR ILEE-FUNCEME-CIRAD)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

  • Implementation of an agro-environmental and experimental watershed observatory (Funding: FUNCEME)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

  • Hydrological and hydrogeological modeling, mass balance at basin scale (Cooperation UMR GEau-FUNCEME/UFC ‚Äď Funding IFR ILEE-FUNCEME-UFC)

  • Geoprocessing and remote sensing data and tools applied to hydrological modeling at regional scale. ¬†¬†

  • Teaching (watershed management, hydrology, water resources allocation) ¬†¬†

  • Students supervision at graduation, Msc and PhD levels.


2009 : Researcher at FUNCEME (Research Foundation of Meteorology and Water Resources)

Main research topics:

Building of a geoprocessing method to delineate, map and evaluate the potential of exploitation of alluvial aquifers. Cooperation ·         Sustainable use of small water resources in semi-arid areas.

2008-2009 : Consultant for the State Water Pacts of Cear√° (2008-2009) in charge of coordinating the thematic stream ‚ÄėCoexistence with semi-arid region‚Äô (building of a consensual, shared view of water resources.

1998-2004 : Manager of the ‚ÄėPingo d¬ī√Āgua‚Äô applied research project for hydro-agricultural development in Brazilian Northeast (Cooperation French foreign Office/French National Institute of Horticulture/State University of Cear√°/Municipality of Quixeramobim-CE). ¬† Goundwater irrigation of horticultural crops and water supply of rural communities.



2005 - 2008 : PhD in Water Resources, at the Montpellier II University www.univ-montp2.fr and at the Federal University of Cear√° (Brazil) www.posdeha.ufc.br, on ¬ę¬†Small aluvial aquifers in crystalline semi-arid areas¬†: functioning and strategies of management. Case study in Brazilian Northeast.¬†¬Ľ Research institutes involved (IRD-CIRAD-CEMAGREF-France).

2004 - 2005 : Msc Degree in Water Resources, at Montpellier II University, on ¬ę¬†Hydrological modeling of a small alluvial aquifer in semi-arid Brazilian Northeast.¬†¬Ľ

1991 ‚Äď 1996 : Eng. Degree - Horticultural engineering at the French National institute of Horticulture (soils/irrigation specialist) www.inh.fr



Personal Skills  

Social and organizational skills and competences ¬† - High autonomy and capacity at work (projects building, management and monitoring of projects) with ¬†a multidisciplinary profile ¬† - Used to teamwork, experiences in different environments of work in France and Brazil (scientific teams in universities and research institutes, technical teams through multi-year development projects, long-term field activities with farmers, politicians). ¬† - Qualities of moderator and animator gained in particular managing hydro-agricultural projects with small farmers under strong climatic and socio-political constraints and participating of ‚ÄúCear√° Water Pact‚ÄĚ in 2008 and 2009.


Technical skills and competences

Technical and scientific skills

-  Participative management of water resources, including social learning

-  Modeling, building of prospective tools to support the discussion with stakeholders

-  Characterization and modeling of groundwater and surface water resources and simulationof the anthropogenic impacts on soils, environment and water availability.

-  Remote sensing and reprocessing applied to the study and the agro-environmental monitoring (land use, salinity, water resources) Computer skills

-  Advanced computer skills  (Word, Excell, Access, Arcgis, Netlogo)



  • Mother tongue(s) French Other language(s) ¬† Self-assessment ¬† Understanding Speaking Writing European level (*) ¬† Listening Reading Spoken interaction Spoken production ¬†

  • Portuguese ¬† C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user

  • English ¬† B1 Basic user B1 Basic user A2 Basic user A2 Basic user B1 Basic user ¬† (*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Publications ¬†


Main publications in the last 5 years

  1. BURTE, J. ; Coudrain, A. ; Marlet, S. (2011) Use of water from small alluvial aquifers forirrigation in semi-arid regions.Ci√™ncia Agron√īmica, v. 42 (1) (in press).¬†IF=0,57.

  2. BURTE, J. ; Jamin, J.-Y. ; Coudrain, A. ; Frischkorn, H. ; Martins, E.S. (2009) Simulations of multipurpose water availability in a semi-arid catchment under different management strategies. Agricultural Water Management, v. 96, 1-10. IF=2,14.

  3. LE GOULVEN, P. ; LACOMBE, G. ; BURTE, J. ; GIODA, A. ; CALVEZ, R. (2009) Techniques de mobilisation des ressources en eau et pratiques d’utilisation en zones arides: bilans, évolutions et perspectives. Sécheresse, v. 20, 1-14.

  4. BURTE, J. ; Coudrain, A. ; Frischkorn, H. ; Chaffaut, I. ; Kosuth, P. (2005) Human impacts on components of hydrological balance in an alluvial aquifer in the semiarid Northeast, Brazil.. Hydrological Sciences Journal, v. 50, 95-110. IF=1,14    

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