Jean-Francois Girard

Personal information

Nationality: French

Languages: French, English (fluent)


Position: Professeur

Office: D 113 (5, rue René Descartes)

Tel: (33) 3 68 85 02 91

Employment and Education


2010: Habilitation to supervise research: Contribution à l’Hydro-Géophysique : Développements et Applications de la Résonance Magnétique Protonique et des Méthodes Electromagnétiques, soutenue le 6 Avril 2010 à l’Institut de Physique du Globe de Strasbourg.

1999-2002: Ph.D.- Thesis: Ground Penetrating Radar, Imagerie géoradar et modélisation des diffractions multiples, soutenue le 18 décembre 2002, à l’université de Strasbourg I.

1996-1999: Engineering school in Geophysics (EOST).



Since September 2015: Professor of Geophysics at EOST Strasbourg, in charge of Geophysical Prospecting methods, Electrical & Electromagnetic methods, Potential methods, Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance courses.

April 2003 – August 2015: Geophysics Engineer, BRGM, French Geological Survey, France.

September 2002 - March 2003: ATER contract at EOPGS (Research and teaching temporary contract)

Research Interests

  • Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • EM methods for Geothermal exploration
  • Electrical Resistivity Imaging
  • Ground Penetrating Radar

Teaching and Responsibilities


2015-present: Geophysical prospecting methods, Potential methods, Electrical Resistivity Imaging, Electromagnetic methods, Surface Nuclear Magnetic Resonance lectures at EOST


  • EOST, since 2005: Contribution to Hydrogeophysics module, SNMR and ERT
  • ENAG - Master 2, since 2011: EM & resistivity methods for mining exploration
  • BRGM formation, since 2005: professionnal training, introduction to geophysical prospecting methods
  • SAGEEP 2011 - Short course on Magnetic Resonance Sounding (1 day)

1999-2002: Practicals in Geophysics, seismic imaging and programming.


  • 2015-present : adjoint director of Labex G-Eau-Thermie (Geothermal Research project)
  • 2016-present : Organisation of the 3rd year of the EOST Engineering school
  • 2016-present : Member of the admission comittee of EOST
  • 2003-present : Contributor to MRS Workshops (organizations, scientific comittee)
  • 2002-present: Member of the European Association for Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)



  • 2006-2009: leader of national project ANR/PRECODD - ReMaPro (Resonance MAgnetique PROtonique)
  • 2009-2013: coordinator of french side of EUROGIA+ project, CO2FieldLab, (CO2 Field Laboratory for Monitoring & Safety Assesment)


[28] Vincent C., E. Thibert, O. Gagliardini, A. Legchenko, A. Gilbert, S. Garambois, T. Condom., J.M. Baltassat and J.F. Girard, 2015, Mechanisms of subglacial cavity filling in Glacier de Tête Rousse, French Alps, Journal of Glaciology , 61, 228, pp 609-623.

[27] Denchik N., P. A. Pezard, D. Neyens, J. Lofi, F. Gal, J-F. Girard, A. Levannier, Near-surface CO2 leak detection monitoring from downhole electrical resistivity at the CO2 Field Laboratory, Svelvik Ridge (Norway), International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 09/2014; 28:275-282.

[26] Chevalier A., A. Legchenko, J.-F. Girard and M. Descloitres, Monte Carlo inversion of 3-D magnetic resonance measurements, Geophys. J. Int. (2014), doi: 10.1093/gji/ggu091.

[25] Humez P., P. Négrel, V. Lagneau, J. Lions, W. Kloppmann, F. Gal, R. Millot, C. Guerrot, C. Flehoc, D. Widory, J-F. Girard, CO2-water-mineral reactions during CO2 leakage: Geochemical and isotopic monitoring of a CO2 injection field test, Chemical Geology 03/2014, 368, 11-30.

[24] Legchenko A., C. Vincent, J. M. Baltassat, J.F. Girard, E. Thibert, O. Gagliardini, M. Descloitres, A. Gilbert, S. Garambois, A. Chevalier, H. Guyard, Monitoring water accumulation in a glacier using magnetic resonance imaging, The Cryosphere, 01/2014; 8:155–166.

[23] Naudet V., JC. Gourry, J-F. Girard, F. Mathieu, A. Saada, 3D Electrical Resistivity Tomography to locate DNAPL contamination around a housing estate, Near Surface Geophysics, Near Surface Geophysics, Vol 12, No 3, June 2014 pp. 351 - 360, doi:10.3997/1873-0604.2012059.

[22] Clement R., Legchenko A., Quetu M., Descloitres M. Oxarango L., Guyard L, Girard J-F., Experimental study of a domestic waste material using magnetic resonance measurements, Near Surface Geophysics, 2011, 9, 179-185.

[21] Bourgeois B., Girard J-F., First modelling results of the EM response of a CO2 storage in the Paris Basin, Oil & Gas Science and Technology, 2010, Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 597-614.

[20] Bano M., Loeffler O., Girard J-F., GPR response and FDTD modeling to fuel infiltration in a sand box experiment, C. R. Geoscience, 2009, vol. 341, p. 846–858.

[19] Sailhac P., Bano M., Behaegel M., Girard J-F., Falgàs E., Ledo J., Marquis G., Ortega-Ramírez J., Characterizing vadose zone and perched aquifer near Vosgian ridges in La Soutte experimental site, Obernai, France, C. R. Geoscience, 2009, vol. 341, p. 818–830.

[18] Guérin R., Baltassat J.M., Boucher M., Chalikakis K., Galibert P.Y., Girard J-F., Plagnes V., Valois R., Geophysical characterisation of karstic networks - Application to the Ouysse system (Poumeyssen, France). C. R. Geoscience, 2009, vol. 341, p. 810–817.

[17] Arts, R.J., Baradello, L., Girard, J.F., Kirby, G., Lombardi, S., Williamson, P. and Zaja, A., 2009, Results of geophysical monitoring over a “leaking” natural analogue site in Italy, Energy Procedia, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp.2269–2276

[16] Girard. J-F., Coppo N., Rohmer J., Bourgeois B., Naudet V., Schmidt-Hattenberger C., 2010, Time-lapse CSEM monitoring of the Ketzin (Germany) CO2 injection using 2xMAM configuration, Energy Procedia, Vol.4, pp.3322-3329.

[15] H. Fabriol, A. Bitri, B. Bourgeois, M. Delatre, J.F. Girard, G. Pajot,J. Rohmer, 2011, Geophysical methods for CO2 plume imaging: Comparison of performances, Energy Procedia, Vol. 4, pp.3604-3611.

[14] Bakk A., Girard JF, Lindeberg E, et al., 2012, CO2 Field Lab at Svelvik ridge: Site suitability, Energy Procedia, vol. 23, p. 306-312.

 [13] Gal, F., E. Proust, P. Humez, G. Braibant, M. Brach, F. Koch, D. Widory, J-F. Girard, 2013, Inducing a CO2 leak into a shallow aquifer (CO2FieldLab EUROGIA+ project): Monitoring the CO2 plume in groundwaters, Energy Procedia, Vol. 37, pp.3583-3593.

[12] Barrio, M., A. Bakk, A-A. Grimstad, E. Querendez, D. G. Jones, O. Kuras, P. Pezard, L. Depraz, E. Baudin, M. H. Børresen, L. Sønneland, F. Gal, J-F. Girard, 2014, CO2 migration monitoring methodology in the shallow subsurface: lessons learned from the CO2FieldLab project, Energiy Procedia, vol. 51, pp. 65-74.

[11] Legchenko A., Ezersky M., Girard J-F., Baltassat J-M., Boucher M., Camerlynck C., Al-Zoubi A., Interpretation of magnetic resonance soundings in rocks with high electrical conductivity, J. Appl. Geophys. 2008, vol. 66, p. 118–127.

[10] Girard J-F., Legchenko A., Boucher M., Baltassat J-M., Numerical study of the variations of magnetic resonance signals caused by surface slope, J. Appl. Geophys. 2008, vol.66 , p. 94–103.

[9] Legchenko A., Ezersky M., Camerlynck C., Al-Zoubi A., Chalikakis K. and Girard J-F., Locating water-filled karst caverns and estimating their volume using magnetic resonance soundings, Geophysics, 2008, vol. 73, n°. 5 , pp. G51–G61.

[8] Sepulchre P., Schuster M., Ramstein G., Krinner G., Girard J-F., Vignaud P., Brunet M., Evolution of Lake Chad Basin hydrology during the mid-Holocene: A preliminary approach from lake to climate modelling, Global Planet. Change, 2008, vol. 61, p. 41 – 48.

[7] Girard J-F., Boucher M., Legchenko A, Baltassat J-M., 2D magnetic resonance tomography applied to karstic conduit imaging, J. Appl. Geophys. 2007, vol. 63, p. 103-116.

[6] Legchenko A., Descloitres M., Bost A., Ruiz L., Reddy M., Girard J-F., Sekhar M., Kumar M., and Braun J-J., Resolution of MRS Applied to the Characterization of Hard-Rock Aquifers, Ground Water, 2006, Vol. 44, No. 4, p.547–554.

[5] Boucher M., Girard J-F., Legchenko A., Baltassat J-M., Dorfliger N., Chalikakis K., Using 2D inversion of magnetic resonance soundings to locate a water-filled karst conduit, J. Hydrol., 2006, vol. 330, p. 413-421.

[4] Girard J-F., Legchenko A. and Boucher M., Stability of MRS signal and estimating data quality, Near Surface Geophysics, 2005, vol. 3, p. 187-194.

[3] Ferry M., Meghraoui M., Girard, J-F., Rockwell T. K., Kozaci O., Akyuz S., Barka A., Ground-penetrating radar investigations along the North Anatolian fault near Izmit, Turkey: Constraints on the right-lateral movement and slip history, Geology, 2004, vol. 32; no. 1; p. 85–88.

[2] Bano M. and Girard J-F., Radar reflections and water content estimation of aeolian sand dunes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 2001, vol. 28, No. 16, p. 3207-3210.

[1] Bois E. and Girard J-F., Impact of the Quadrupole Moment of the Sun on the Dynamics of the Earth-Moon System, Celest. Mech. Dyn. Astr., 1999, vol. 73, p. 329-338.