BRGM, the French geological survey, is France’s leading public institution for Earth Science applications for the management of surface and sub-surface resources with a view to sustainable development.
Under partnerships with numerous public and private stakeholders, BRGM focuses on scientific research, expertise and innovation. Its activity meets 4 objectives:
- understanding geological phenomena and related risks,
- developing new techniques and methodologies,
- producing and distributing data for surface, subsurface and resource management,
- providing the tools required to manage the surface, subsurface and resources, prevent risks and pollution, and manage policies in response to climate change.
BRGM, the French geological survey
BRGM's action is in line with 6 major scientific and societal challenges:
- Geology and knowledge of the subsurface
- Groundwater management
- Risks and spatial planning
- Mineral resources and the circular economy
- Subsurface potential for the energy transition
- Digital data, services and infrastructure
BRGM, a public industrial and commercial institution
The BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières) was created in 1959. It operates as a public industrial and commercial institution, reporting to the Ministries in charge of Research, Ecology and the Economy.
The 6 major societal challenges that structure BRGM's activity
Geology and knowledge of the subsurface
Producing reference information on the subsurface is a key role for BRGM as the French Geological Survey. The sustainable management of land and resources on local and regional levels requires extens…
In response to the challenges of global change, knowledge, monitoring and anticipation of groundwater resource availability and quality is a key activity for BRGM.
Risks and spatial planning
For more sustainable spatial planning, BRGM develops integrated approaches to the management of natural risks, as well as the risks resulting from human activity, related to post-mining, polluted sit…
Mineral resources and the circular economy
Confronted with increasing pressures on mineral resources, BRGM is working for a responsible procurement and for a more circular economy.
Subsurface potential for the energy transition
BRGM explores and assesses the performance of the subsurface and harnesses its potential as an energy resource (geothermal energy) and a space for storage (energy carriers, CO2) and confinement.
1052.00members of staff, including over 700 engineers and researchers
25.00countries of operation
27.00agencies in mainland and overseas France