Burte Julien

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Burte Julien
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Professional Record  

2011-…   : Researcher at the CIRAD- UMR G-EAU and professor of the postgraduate school of agricultural engineering (Federal University of Ceará)    Main research topics: ·         Environmental assessment applied to water resources and irrigated systems in Mediterranean and tropical regions.    Teaching (watershed management, water resources allocation)    Students supervision at Msc and PhD levels.

2010-2011 : Visiting professor at the Federal University of Ceará (Agricultural Engineering – Watershed management)


Main research topics       

  • Strategies for sustainable multi-use of small water resources in semi-arid areas (participatory building of prospective scenarios, modeling of water resources dynamics and availability, indicators of environmental and economic sustainability, social learning) (USP-UFC-AgroParisTech-CIRAD-UMR GEau - Funding IFR ILEE-FUNCEME-CIRAD)        

  • Implementation of an agro-environmental and experimental watershed observatory (Funding: FUNCEME)       

  • Hydrological and hydrogeological modeling, mass balance at basin scale (Cooperation UMR GEau-FUNCEME/UFC – Funding IFR ILEE-FUNCEME-UFC)

  • Geoprocessing and remote sensing data and tools applied to hydrological modeling at regional scale.   

  • Teaching (watershed management, hydrology, water resources allocation)   

  • Students supervision at graduation, Msc and PhD levels.


2009 : Researcher at FUNCEME (Research Foundation of Meteorology and Water Resources)

Main research topics:

Building of a geoprocessing method to delineate, map and evaluate the potential of exploitation of alluvial aquifers. Cooperation ·         Sustainable use of small water resources in semi-arid areas.

2008-2009 : Consultant for the State Water Pacts of Ceará (2008-2009) in charge of coordinating the thematic stream ‘Coexistence with semi-arid region’ (building of a consensual, shared view of water resources.

1998-2004 : Manager of the ‘Pingo d´Água’ applied research project for hydro-agricultural development in Brazilian Northeast (Cooperation French foreign Office/French National Institute of Horticulture/State University of Ceará/Municipality of Quixeramobim-CE).   Goundwater irrigation of horticultural crops and water supply of rural communities.



2005 - 2008 : PhD in Water Resources, at the Montpellier II University www.univ-montp2.fr and at the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil) www.posdeha.ufc.br, on « Small aluvial aquifers in crystalline semi-arid areas : functioning and strategies of management. Case study in Brazilian Northeast. » Research institutes involved (IRD-CIRAD-CEMAGREF-France).

2004 - 2005 : Msc Degree in Water Resources, at Montpellier II University, on « Hydrological modeling of a small alluvial aquifer in semi-arid Brazilian Northeast. »

1991 – 1996 : Eng. Degree - Horticultural engineering at the French National institute of Horticulture (soils/irrigation specialist) www.inh.fr



Personal Skills  

Social and organizational skills and competences   - High autonomy and capacity at work (projects building, management and monitoring of projects) with  a multidisciplinary profile   - Used to teamwork, experiences in different environments of work in France and Brazil (scientific teams in universities and research institutes, technical teams through multi-year development projects, long-term field activities with farmers, politicians).   - Qualities of moderator and animator gained in particular managing hydro-agricultural projects with small farmers under strong climatic and socio-political constraints and participating of “Ceará Water Pact” in 2008 and 2009.


Technical skills and competences

Technical and scientific skills

-  Participative management of water resources, including social learning

-  Modeling, building of prospective tools to support the discussion with stakeholders

-  Characterization and modeling of groundwater and surface water resources and simulationof the anthropogenic impacts on soils, environment and water availability.

-  Remote sensing and reprocessing applied to the study and the agro-environmental monitoring (land use, salinity, water resources) Computer skills

-  Advanced computer skills  (Word, Excell, Access, Arcgis, Netlogo)



  • Mother tongue(s) French Other language(s)   Self-assessment   Understanding Speaking Writing European level (*)   Listening Reading Spoken interaction Spoken production  

  • Portuguese   C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user C2 Proficient user

  • English   B1 Basic user B1 Basic user A2 Basic user A2 Basic user B1 Basic user   (*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Publications  


Main publications in the last 5 years

  1. BURTE, J. ; Coudrain, A. ; Marlet, S. (2011) Use of water from small alluvial aquifers forirrigation in semi-arid regions.Ciência Agronômica, v. 42 (1) (in press). IF=0,57.

  2. BURTE, J. ; Jamin, J.-Y. ; Coudrain, A. ; Frischkorn, H. ; Martins, E.S. (2009) Simulations of multipurpose water availability in a semi-arid catchment under different management strategies. Agricultural Water Management, v. 96, 1-10. IF=2,14.

  3. LE GOULVEN, P. ; LACOMBE, G. ; BURTE, J. ; GIODA, A. ; CALVEZ, R. (2009) Techniques de mobilisation des ressources en eau et pratiques d’utilisation en zones arides: bilans, évolutions et perspectives. Sécheresse, v. 20, 1-14.

  4. BURTE, J. ; Coudrain, A. ; Frischkorn, H. ; Chaffaut, I. ; Kosuth, P. (2005) Human impacts on components of hydrological balance in an alluvial aquifer in the semiarid Northeast, Brazil.. Hydrological Sciences Journal, v. 50, 95-110. IF=1,14    

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