Soils & Environment

In 2012, ISA Lille's environmental science research unit integrated into a regional laboratory to form LGCgE (Laboratory of Civil and geoEnvironmental Engineering).

Sustainable Management of Pollution

Increasing urbanization, intensive agriculture as well as the industrial past of our region guided the research thematic of the laboratory on the management of soils which are affected at various levels by anthropogenic activities. Scientific and technical arguments have been given to help the conservation and the improvement of soil quality with environmental and healthy preoccupations for many years.
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Research Areas

  • Geochemical reports on agricultural soils
  • Study of the contamination of soils by metallic trace elements (MTE)
  • Contribution to the remediation and management of soils contaminated by MTE 
  • Behaviour of these elements in soils /dust and transfer mechanisms to biosphere and mankind 
  • Physico-chemical characterization of soils

Tools and Methodologies 

  • Atomic absorption spectrophotometer, High Performance Liquide Chromatography 
  • Microwave to mineralise samples, -80°C freezer, grinder, greenhouse 
  • Soil library, Library of agricultural and urban soils 
  • Physico-chemical databases of soils in the North of France (45000 data) 
  • Geographic information system


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  • Environmental Science Laboratories at University of Lille
  • Environmental Science Laboratories at Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale
  • Université de Franche-Comté
  • Agrocampus Rennes
  • ENSAIA / INRA Nancy
  • INRA Arras
  • INRA Orléans
  • Regional Chamber of Agriculture, Hauts-de-France
  • Regional government, Hauts-de-France
  • Regional Health Observatory, Hauts-de-France
  • Exides Technologies, Lille
  • Enersys Hawker, Arras
  • La Nordiste de l’Environnement, Harnes
  • SITA, Agora, Noyelles-Godault
  • ANTEA, Lezennes
  • SEDE Veolia Environnement, Bapaume
  • ASTRADEC, Wizernes
  • Eaux et Force, Valenciennes et Calais
  • Géonord


  • Université Agricole de Yunnan (Chine)

  • Douay F., Pelfrêne A., Planque J., Fourrier H., Richard A., Roussel H., Girondelot B. (2013) - Assessment of potential health risk for inhabitants living near a former lead smelter. Part 1: Metal concentrations in soils, agricultural crops, and homegrown vegetables. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 185, 3665-3680.
  • Godet J.P., Demuynck S., Waterlot C., Lemière S., Souty-Grosset C., Douay F., Leprêtre A., Pruvot C. (2012) - Developmental stability on Porcellio scaber (Crustacea, Isopoda) from woody habitats contaminated by metals. Ecological indicators. 23, 130-139.
  • Pourrut B., Shahid M., Douay F., Dumat C., Pinelli E. (2013). Molecular mechanisms involved in lead uptake, toxicity and detoxifi cation in higher plants. In Gupta D.K. et al. (eds.), Heavy metal stress in plants, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013, 121-147.
  • Pelfrêne A., Douay F., Richard A., Roussel H., Girondelot B. (2013) - Assessment of potential health risk for inhabitants living near a former lead smelter. Part 2: Site-specific human health risk assessment of Cd and Pb contamination in kitchen gardens. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 185, 2999–3012.
  • Waterlot C., Bidar G., Pelfrêne A., Roussel H., Fourrier H., Douay F. (2013) – Contamination, fractionation and availability of metals in urban soils in the vicinity of former lead and zinc smelters, France. Pedosphere, 23(2), 143-159.

Francis Douay
Head of Research Unit
Tel : +33 (0)3 28 38 46 08
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