Damage in the wake of the Lorca earthquake in Spain on le 11 May 2011: the collapsed cupola of the church of Santiago (Lorca, Spain, 2011). © BRGM - Daniel Monfort Climent


BRGM implements research programmes and decision-support tools designed to anticipate and prevent surface and subsurface risks.

We study risks arising from natural phenomena (such as earth tremors, eruptions, tsunamis, marine submersion, cavity collapse, slope movements and erosion, clay shrinking and swelling and coastline retreat) and from human activities, as well as the impacts of climate change on these risks.

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Signature of a framework agreement with the Earthquake Research Institute

On 2 October 2017, in the presence of the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the BRGM and the Earthquake Research Institute (ERI) of the University of Tokyo undertook to join forces in their research on muographic imaging for natural risk prevention, which uses 3D muon-based tomography.


“Our priority : integrated crisis prevention and management”

Interview with Jean-Luc-Foucher, Director of Risks and Prevention Division at BRGM.

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Risks in subsurface operations

BRGM puts forward safety criteria and assesses the environmental impacts of underground CO2 and energy storage and subsurface operations.

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