Principal researcher

Michel Malo, professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Michel Malo specializes in structural geology and Appalachian geology. He is also interested in natural resources contained in sedimentary rocks (hydrocarbon reservoirs and ore deposits) and, more recently, the geological storage of CO2 and deep geothermal.




Karine Bédard, research officer (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Karine Bédard is particularly interested in the 3D geological modelling of sedimentary basins and reservoirs and the inventory of potential geothermal and CO2 reservoirs in the province of Québec . She is also responsible for well data analysis, georeferenced data analysis and mapping as well as technology watch about deep gepthermal and CCS.


Félix-Antoine Comeau, research officer (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

In collaboration with other researchers, Félix-Antoine Comeau will be assessing, interpreting and synthesizing geological data from areas with potential for CO2 geological storage with the goal of performing three-dimensional reservoir modelling and publishing the results.


Mathieu Duchesne, scientific researcher (Geological Survey of Canada – Québec)

Mathieu J. Duchesne specializes in subsurface seismic imaging. His work focuses on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic reflection data in time and frequency domains suitable for the analysis of hydrocarbon-related anomalies.


Bernard Giroux, professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Bernard Giroux is interested in geophysics as it applies to the characterization of aquifers. He develops methods for processing and interpreting seismic, electric and electromagnetic data designed to map the physical properties of aquifers at different scales. He is also exploring the sensitivity of geophysical methods to the presence of CO2 in aquifers.


Erwan Gloaguen, professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Erwan Gloaguen and his team work on the geostatistical integration of borehole logs, seismic data and geological information to create high-resolution reservoir models. These models reproduce the structural and hydraulic conductivity heterogeneities of reservoir layers in order to estimate their capacity for storing CO2 in sufficient volumes over a sufficient time period. By numerically modelling CO2 injection in these models, Professor Lefebvre’s team can estimate the uncertainty associated with injections. The dynamic flow data will also be used to update and validate geological models.


René Lefebvre, professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

René Lefebvre is interested in multiphase flow and transfer processes (fluid, mass, heat) in porous and fractured geologic media, and the geochemical reactions involved in these transfers. His work is used to characterize and model contaminated aquifers and local or regional flow systems in matters of groundwater resource management.


Jean-Michel Lemieux, professor (Université Laval – Département de géologie et de génie géologique)

Jean-Michel Lemieux specializes in the field of quantitative hydrogeology. He is particularly interested in using numerical modelling to study groundwater flow at the continental scale. He is investigating the environmental impact on groundwater resources caused by the geological storage of CO2 in saline aquifers.


Jasmin Raymond, professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Jasmin Raymond is particularly interested in low-temperature geothermal resources and ground-source heat pump systems. His goal is to improve the systems profitability and with this aim collaborates with designers, operators, and manufacturers in this field. Numerical modelling and field tests are core activities of his research.



Past GRREBS researchers

Jean-Christophe Aznar, research associate (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Jean-Christophe Aznar is carrying out baseline environmental studies at various sites being studied to prepare for an eventual CO2 storage pilot project. The reference values are mainly being defined using geochemical measurements of CO2 contents in the air and soil. An additional aspect of his work is to identify “sensitive” zones that should be more closely monitored during and after eventual CO2 injections.

Maxime Claprood, research associate from 2011 to 2013 – post-doctoral fellow from 2009 to 2011 (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Maxime Claprood is interested in geophysics applied to environmental and geotechnical issues. In matters related to the Chair, he is working on the interpretation of seismic and electromagnetic geophysical data to characterize aquifers for CO2 storage. He is also interested in the integration of geological and geophysical data for the numerical modelling of aquifers by geostatistical methods.

Maxime Claprood
Franck Diedro, post-doctoral fellow from 2009 to 2012 (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

CO2 storage geological reservoir mineral reactivity study in the St. Lawrence Lowlands.

Sébastien F. Lange, post-doctoral fellow in 2011 (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Analysis of the initial background of CO2 content at Bécancour site.

Elena Konstantinovskaya, research associate from 2011 to 2013 (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Elena Konstantinovskaya is specialized in geomechanical aspects of CO2 geological storage, evaluation of mechanical stability and permeability of pre-existing faults and fractures, rocks mechanical properties, present-day stress analysis and estimation of maximum injection pressure. She deals also with the structural interpretation of seismic reflection data and petrophysical characterization of potential reservoirs of CO2 in the St. Lawrence Lowlands and Quebec Appalachians.

Jean-Philibert Moutenet, research officer (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Jean-Philibert Moutenet is interested in the legal issues related to deep geothermal and CCS. He also works on social acceptability of these news technologies by conducting public opinion surveys and by participating on the development of a policy to inform the general public. Furthermore, he conducts a daily economic, technologic and legal watch related to the current interests of the GRREBS.

Julie Pronost, post-doctoral fellow from 2009 to 2010 (Université Laval)

Analysis of CO2 mineralogical sequestration in mine tailings from Thetford Mines, Québec.

Normand Tassé, retired professor (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Normand Tassé is interested in water-particle interactions in sediments and sedimentary rocks. He developed his expertise through a wide range of studies in the field of traditional and environmental geology (the diagenesis and metallogenesis of sedimentary sequences in the St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Appalachians; lead and arsenic contaminated sediments and the restoration of acid-generating tailings ponds in the Abitibi). His involvement concern the mechanisms by which porosity is obstructed or created in response to massive injections of CO2 into reservoirs.

Tien Dung Tran Ngoc, research associate from 2011 to 2013 – post-doctoral fellow from 2010 to 2011 (INRS, centre Eau Terre Environnement)

Tien Dung Tran Ngoc participe à la construction d’un modèle numérique sur l’écoulement et le transport multiphasique des aquifères salins profonds de la région de Bécancour dans le but d’évaluer le potentiel de stockage géologique du CO2. Ceci permet d’obtenir des scénarios d’injection de CO2 supercritique et d’évaluer le comportement hydrogéologique des formations d’accueil en vue d’une estimation de la capacité de stockage des aquifères salins. Cette modélisation est réalisée en collaboration avec des chercheurs du laboratoire californien LBNL.