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Last update: May 2021

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Scientist at Institut Agro / SAS

Phone: (+33) 2 23 48 52 29


Address: Institut Agro, UMR SAS, 65 rue de St-Brieuc, CS 84215, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France

Fields of expertise: Soil science, soil mapping, spatial modelling, soil databases, geographic information systems

Keywords: Soil, databases, soil quality, soil reference and knowledge dissemination



Current research topics
  • Soil identification, conventional and digital soil mapping
  • Filling soil databases and using them for operational or research objectives at the regional scale
  • Spatial modelling of soils and their properties
  • Participative science
Current projects
  • Sols de Bretagne (2006-2020): Implementation of national soil inventory and monitoring programmes in the framework of GIS Sol, in Brittany
  • IGCS: Inventory, Management and Conservation of Soils programme): soil mapping at 1:250,000 scale
  • RMQS (Soil Quality Measurements Network): Soil monitoring at 119 sites across the region
  • Dissemination of soil references
  • SOILSERV: Multi-scale assessment of soil ecosystem services in agroecosystems (2016-2020)
  • Clés de Sol: A participative science project to characterize soils and their functions (2019-2021)
  • BDAT: French soil testing database (since 2004)
  • ECLAT: A novel digital tool to assess soil aggregate stability – testing at the national scale (2020-2023)
  • Modelling of potential wetlands in mainland France (2020-2022). Update of an initial version completed in 2015
Participation in networks
  • Join Technological Network “Soils and Territories” (“RMT Sols et Territoires” in French)
  • Centre of Scientific expertise “Digital Soil Mapping” Theia
  • Membership in the French Soil Survey Association
  • European Joint Programme SOIL (Horizon 2020)

Teaching experience

Involvement in initial education at Institut Agro Rennes-Angers:


  • Courses on soil morphology during field visits and case studies
  • Training in Geographic Information Systems and soil databases
  • Soils properties for identifying and delineating wetlands

Consulting experience

  • Since 2008: expert in wetland identification and delineation (Conseil Départemental du Finistère, Forum des Marais Atlantiques, Cellule d’Animation sur les Milieux Aquatiques et la Biodiversité)
  • Since 2009: continuing education on “identification and delineation of wetlands based on soil and vegetation criteria”
  • Course on consideration of soils for autonomous on-site purification


Hamard, E.; Cammas, C.; Lemercier, B.; Cazacliu, B.; Morel, J.C. 2020. Micromorphological description of vernacular cob process and comparison with rammed earth. Frontiers of Architectural Research 9(1); 203-215.

Bargaoui, Y.E.; Walter, C.; Michot, D.; Saby, N.P.A.; Vincent, S.; Lemercier, B. 2019. Validation of digital maps derived from spatial disaggregation of legacy soil maps. Geoderma. 356, 14

Ellili, Y., Walter, C., Michot, D., Pichelin, P., Lemercier, B., 2019. Mapping soil organic carbon stock change by soil monitoring and digital soil mapping at the landscape scale. Geoderma 351: 1-8.

Richer-de-Forges, AC.; Arrouays, D.; Bardy, M.; Bispo, A.; Lagacherie, P.; Laroche, B.; Lemercier, B.; Sauter, J.; Voltz, M. 2019. Mapping of Soils and Land-Related Environmental Attributes in France: Analysis of End-Users' Needs. SUSTAINABILITY, 11 (10): 2940

Arrouays, D.; Richer-De-Forges, A.; Mcbratney, A.; Hartemink, A.; Minasny, B.; Savin, I.; Grundy, M.; Leenaars, J.; Poggio, L.; Roudier, P.; Libohova, Z.; McKenzie, N.J.; Van den Bosch, H.; Kempen, N.; Mulder, V.L.; Lacoste, M.; Chen, S.; Saby, N.; Martin, M.P.; Roman Dobarco, M.; Cousin, I.; Loiseau, T.; Lehmann, S.; Caubet, M.; Lemercier, B.; Walter, C.; Vaudour, E.; Gomez, C.; Martelet, G.; Krasilnikov, P.; Lagacherie, P. 2018. The globalsoilmap project: past, present, future, and national examples from france. Dokuchaev Soil Bulletin (95), 3-23

Hamard, E., Lemercier, B., Cazacliu, B., Razakamanantsoa, A., Morel, J.C., 2018. A new methodology to identify and quantify material ressource at a large scale for earth construction –Application to cob in Brittany. Construction and Building Materials 170: 485-497.

Vincent, S., Lemercier, B., Berthier, L., Walter, C., 2018. Spatial disagregation of complex Soil Map Units at the regional scale based on soil-landscape relationships. Geoderma 311: 130-140.

Matos-Moreira, M., Lemercier, B., Dupas, R., Michot, D., Viaud, V., Akkal-Corfini, N., Louis, B., Gascuel-Odoux, C. 2017. High-resolution mapping of soil phosphorus concentration in agricultural landscapes with readily available or detailed survey data. European Journal of Soil Science 68: 281–294.

Román Dobarco, M., Orton, T. G., Arrouays, D., Lemercier, B., Paroissien, J.B., Walter, C., Saby N.PA. 2016. Prediction of soil texture using descriptive statistics and area-to-point kriging in Region Centre (France). Geoderma Regional 7: 279-292.

Delmas, M., Saby N., Arrouays, D., Dupas, R., Lemercier, B., Pellerin, S., Gascuel-Odoux, C., 2015. Explaining and mapping total phosphorus content in French topsoils. Soil Use and Management 31: 259-269.

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