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Maud Loireau

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Last name
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Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
Geographical Focus
Job function
Research engineer in geography, Team leader
Telephone number
33 04 67 54 87 14
Work experience
My experience concerns spatial and interdisciplinary approach applied in the context of desertification, and support to the decision processes through the development of methods to integrate social aspects in observation systems. In particular, I developed a local environmental information system (SIEL) and contributed to its implementation on agro-pastoral areas in Africa. Using a generic approach and appropriate environmental models, it allows to assess the intensity of land degradation risk (past, current and future), relatively to the local human pressure and biophysical characteristics. This intensity differs in time and space depending on the level and spatial distribution of human and biophysical causes._x000D_
I collaborate with scientific partners and institutions in charge of ROSELT observatories in the circum Saharan zone, mainly in Mediterranean area (Tunisia) and Western Africa (Niger); similar activities initiated in Brazil.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Doctor, geography (; University Paul Valéry, Montpellier III, 1998
Publication titles
LOIREAU M., LAQUES A.-E., DÉRIOZ P., CALLOT Y., DELAÎTRE E., DESSAY N.,FARGETTE M., FETOUI M., MITJA D., NEYRA M., SGHAIER M., VENARD C., WILSONJRG., (2009). «Des observatoires environnementaux plus souples et plus légers au service du développement des zones difficiles à l’heure de la mondialisation et du changement climatique : propositions méthodologiques et place du paysage». Colloque International Sociétés en transition et développement local en zones difficiles, DELZOD, Jerba, Tunisie, 22-24 avril 2009. pp. 393-406._x000D_
2. LEBLANC M. J., FAVREAU G.E, MASSUEL S., TWEED S. O., LOIREAU M., CAPPELAERE B. (2008) «Land clearance and hydrological change in the Sahel : SW Niger». Global and Planetary Change, 2008, 61 (3-4), pp. 135-150._x000D_
3. LOIREAU M., SGHAIER M., FETOUI M., BA M., ABDELRAZIK M., D’HERBES J.-M., DESCONNETS J.-C., LEIBOVICI D., DEBARD S., DELAITRE E., (2007) «Système d’Information sur l’Environnement à l’échelle locale (SIEL) pour évaluer le risque de désertification : situations comparées circum-sahariennes (réseau ROSELT) », Science et changements planétaires / SECHERESSE, Vol. 18, N°4 «Surveillance à Long terme dans les zones arides et semi-arides », pp 328-335._x000D_
4. LOIREAU M., (2007) «Désertification et surveillance environnementale à long terme en Afrique : Roselt» Bois et forêts des tropiques, Dossier lutte contre la désertification, 3e trimestre 2007, n°293, pp 61-63. _x000D_
5. LOIREAU M., D’HERBES J.-M., LEIBOVICI D., DESCONNETS J.-C., GRANOUILLAC B.,(2007) «An ICS for desertification monitoring in Africa Circum-Saharian zone: focus on one of its components, the SIEL-ROSELT» Seminar Proceedings ; Role of Information Circulation Systems in scientific and practical approaches to combat desertification. AIDCCD. Windhoek and Ondangwa, Namibia, 2-7 April 2006. pp 81-92.
Other activities
1. Member of CSFD_x000D_
2. Member of GTD (Groupe de travail Désertification)_x000D_
3. Member of European Desernet (member of advisory board)
Organisation name
Institut de recherche pour le Développement
Organisation street address
IRD Montpellier, Maison de la Télédétection, 500 rue Jean-François Breton, 34093
Organisation city
Montpellier Cedex 5
Organisation country