Agronomy, geophysics

PhD, Engineer in Agronomy, CR IRD

Head of “Soils in the Critical Zone” (Sols-ZC) department, iEES-Paris, since 2018

Address: Institute of Ecology and Environnemental Sciences (iEES-Paris), 32 avenue Henri Varagnat, 92143 Bondy cedex, France

Email : henri.robain|DONTWANTSPAM|@ird.fr


Main fields of research and expertise

The main research interests of Henri Robain are: (i) Integration of different surface geophysics methods (Electrical Resistivity Tomography, EM31, TDEM) for the study of the layering and the water fluxes within the critical zone principally in tropical contexts (Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Benin, Madagascar, India, Lao PDR, Thailand), and (ii) Study of soil-climate-plant relations in unconventional agricultural lands in South-East Asia and their consequences on erosion processes (fallow-cultivation successions on slopping lands in Lao PDR, rubber tree plantation on sandy, hydromorphic soils or steep slope soils in Thailand).

Selected publications

Le Guen M-E, Herrmann L, Robain H, Wiriyakitnateekul W, de Oliveira T, Robin A, Srimawonge P, Bräu L, Lesueur D (2017) Relevance of taking into account the fine scale soil variability to assess the effects of agricultural inputs on soil characteristics and soil microbial communities: A case study of biochar application in a rubber plantation in North East Thailand. GEODERMA 305(2017), 21-29.

Rochelle-Newall EJ, Ribolzi O, Viguier M, Thammahacksa C, Silvera N, Latsachack K, Dinh RP, Naporn P, Sy HT, Soulileuth B, Hmaimum N, Sisouvanh P, Robain H, Janeau JL, Valentin C, Boithias L, Pierret A (2016) Effect of land use and hydrological processes on Escherichia coli concentrations in streams of tropical, humid headwater catchments. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 6, 32974

Lacombe G, Ribolzi O, de Rouw A, Pierret A, Latsachak K, Silvera N, Dinh RP, Orange D, Janeau JL, Soulileuth B, Robain H, Taccoen A, Sengphaathith P, Mouche E, Sengtaheuanghoung O, Duc TT, Valentin C (2016) Contradictory hydrological impacts of afforestation in the humid tropics evidenced by long-term field monitoring and simulation modelling. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES, 20(7), 2691-2704

Herrmann L, Brau L, Robin A, Robain H, Wiriyakitnateekul W, Lesueur D (2016) High colonization by native arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) of rubber trees in small-holder plantations on low fertility soils in North East Thailand. ARCHIVES OF AGRONOMY AND SOIL SCIENCE, Vol. 62(7), 1041-1048

Valentin C; Boonsaner A; Janeau JL; Jouquet P; des Tureaux TH; Huon S; Latsachack K; Le Troquer Y; Maeght JL; Orange D; Rinh PD; Pierret A; Podwojewski P; Ribolzi O; de Rouw A; Sengtaheuanghoung O; Silvera N; Robain H; Soulileuth B; Thothong W; Toan TD; Hai TS (2014) Lessons from long-term monitoring of soil erosion in three southeast Asian agricultural catchments undergoing rapid land-use changes. Hydrology in a changing world: environmental and human dimensions. IAHS Publication, 363, 303-308.