Recent publications

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Evaluating the Performance of Machine Learning Approaches to Predict the Microbial Quality of Surface Waters and to Optimize the Sampling Effort
Manel Naloufi, Françoise S Lucas, Sami Souihi, Pierre Servais, Aurélie Janne, Thiago Wanderley Matos de Abreu
, 2021, 13, ⟨10.3390/w13182457⟩
Heavy Metal Accumulation and Changes in Soil Enzymes Activities and Bacterial Functional Diversity under Long-Term Treated Wastewater Irrigation in East Central Region of Tunisia (Monastir Governorate)
Marouane Mkhinini, Iteb Boughattas, Vanessa Alphonse, Alexandre Livet, Stéphanie Gıustı-Mıller, Mohamed Bannı, Noureddine Bousserrhıne
, 2020, 235, pp.106150. ⟨10.1016/j.agwat.2020.106150⟩
Effect of Aloe Vera Wastes on Physico-Chemical Properties and Microbiological Activity in Soils
Fatma Lanouar, Iteb Boughattas, Marouene Mkhinini, Vanessa Alphonse, Stephanie Gustier-Muller, Alex Livet, Mohamed Banni, Nourreddine Bousserhine
, 2018, 3 (4), pp.1292--1304. ⟨10.22161/ijeab/3.4.21⟩
Influence of Ecological Restoration on Mercury Mobility and Microbial Activities on Former Guyanese Mining Sites
Ewan Couic, Vanessa Alphonse, Alexandre Livet, Stéphanie Giusti-Miller, Noureddine Bousserrhine
, 2021, 11 (5), pp.2231. ⟨10.3390/app11052231⟩
Use of Earthworms Eisenia Andrei on the Bioremediation of Contaminated Area in North of Tunisia and Microbial Soil Enzymes as Bioindicator of Change on Heavy Metals Speciation
Iteb Boughattas, Sabrine Hattab, Vanessa Alphonse, Alexandre Livet, Stéphanie Giusti-Miller, Hamadi Boussetta, Mohamed Banni, Noureddine Bousserrhine
, 2019, 19 (1), pp.296--309. ⟨10.1007/s11368-018-2038-8⟩

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Brigitte Vinçon Leite

Researcher (DR2, HDR)
École des Ponts ParisTech

Brigitte Vinçon-Leite

Researcher (DR2) - École des Ponts ParisTech (permanent position)
phone: +33 (0)1 64 15 36 42
Room P212 (Prony, 2nd floor)
Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
6-8 avenue Blaise Pascal, Cité Descartes, Champs sur Marne 77 455 Marne-La-Vallée Cedex 2

Research topics

Lake ecosystems: Functionning and Modelling
 Physical (thermal stratification, internal waves,...) and biogeochemical functioning of lake ecosystems
 Phytoplancton dynamics (in particular cyanobacteria)
 Lake ecosystem numerical modelling
 Water quality monitoring through in situ high-frequency measurements
 Development of early warning systems for sanitary risks

On-going research

My research at LEESU deals with the management of water resources in metropolitan areas, in particular with observation et numerical modelling of lakes and reservoirs.
In metropolitan areas, lakes and reservoirs provide essential ecosystem services: retention of rainwater and pollutant load, bathing and water sports, spots of biodiversity, ecological continuity...
These aquatic environments are severely affected by multiple anthropogenic pressures. In a context of climate change and urban sprawling, global concerns are on the one hand water shortages and on the other hand, the deterioration of water quality, often caused by eutrophication and cyanobacterial blooms.
To preserve water resources, new management approaches seek to reintroduce a more "natural" hydrological cycle. However, their implementation requires an evolution of infrastructures, practices and land use and can lead to conflicts in a territory, for example between urban and peri-urban areas. In order to establish an effective water resource management strategy based on scientifically established results, validated tools are needed.
The objective is to develop innovative tools for monitoring, modelling and assessment of lake and reservoir water quality.
Two complementary approaches are implemented: field observations, in particular through continuous measuring platforms, and numerical modelling of the ecosystem.
Prospective scenarios building relies on eco-hydrological modelling of the continuum « catchment - receiving waters ».

Currently four projects adress these topics: 1) OSS-cyano on the development of an aerial warning system for cyanobacteria blooms (OSS-cyano project); 2) ANSWER (collaborative project with NIGLAS China) on numerical modelling of gloabl change impacts on cyanobacteria dynamics (ANSWER project); 3) MoMa (collaborative project with Brazil) on the coupled modelling of reservoirs and their catchment and 4) Karaoun (collaborative project with Lebanon) on the association of remote sensing imagery and modelling for reservoir management.
For more details see Lakes and reservoirs


  • Ecole des Ponts Course: Introduction to life sciences and scientific project for engineering students
  • Modules on environmental sciences: functioning and modelling of lake ecosystems: Masters, Enginnering school students
  • Cooperation with Brazil for engineering graduation

Professional curriculum

depuis 1991 Researcher Ecole des Ponts ParisTech
1986-1990 PhD student Ecole des Ponts
1983-1985 Researcher

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

1982 Agro-food engineer (Maradi, Niger)

Production since 2008 on HAL-ENPC

Publications récentes

  • Sharaf, N., Fadel, A., Bresciani, M., Giardino, C., Lemaire, B.J., Slim, K., Faour, G., and Vinçon-Leite, B. (2019). Lake surface temperature retrieval from Landsat-8 and retrospective analysis in Karaoun Reservoir, Lebanon. J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 13, 1.
  • Das Graças Silva, T., Vinçon Leite, B., Lemaire, B.J., Petrucci, G., Giani, A., Figueredo, C.C., de Oliveira Nascimento, N. (2019). Impact of Urban Stormwater Runoff on Cyanobacteria Dynamics in A Tropical Urban Lake. Water 11, 946
  • Vinçon-Leite, B., Casenave, C., Modelling eutrophication in lake ecosystems: A review (2019) Science of the Total Environment, 651, pp. 2985-3001.
  • Hong, Y., Li, C., Lemaire, B.J., Soulignac, F., Scarati Martins, J.R., Roguet, A., Lucas, F., and Vinçon-Leite, B. (2019). An Integrated Approach for Assessing the Impact of Urban Stormwater Discharge on the Fecal Contamination in a Recreational Lake Near Paris. In New Trends in Urban Drainage Modelling, G. Mannina, ed., Springer International Publishing, pp. 334–338.
  • Nascimento, N. de O., Euleterio, J., Costa, H., Vinçon Leite, B., Mourao, A., Faria, D., Monte-Mór, R. L. Sustainable urban development through a blue-green network approach focusing the protection of water resources: the case of the Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region, in Brazil. (2019) International Journal of Water (in press)
  • Hmimina, G., Hulot, F.D., Humbert, J.F., Quiblier, C., Tambosco, K., Lemaire, B.J., Vinçon-Leite, B., Audebert, L., Soudani, K., Linking phytoplankton pigment composition and optical properties: A framework for developing remote-sensing metrics for monitoring cyanobacteria (2019) Water Research, pp. 504-514. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2018.09.055
  • Roguet, A., Therial, C., Catherine, A., Bressy, A., Varrault, G., Bouhdamane, L., Tran, V., Lemaire, B.J., Vinçon-Leite, B., Saad, M., Moulin, L., Lucas, F.S., Importance of Local and Regional Scales in Shaping Mycobacterial Abundance in Freshwater Lakes, (2018) Microbial Ecology, 75 (4), pp. 834-846.
  • Bruce, L.C., Frassl, M.A., Arhonditsis, G.B., Gal, G., ...., Vinçon-Leite, B., Wang, J., Weber, M., Wickramaratne, C., Woolway, R.I., Yao, H., Hipsey, M.R., A multi-lake comparative analysis of the General Lake Model (GLM): Stress-testing across a global observatory network, (2018) Environmental Modelling and Software, 102, pp. 274-291
  • Tran Khac, V., Hong, Y., Plec, D., Lemaire, B.J., Dubois, P., Saad, M., Vinçon-Leite, B. An automatic monitoring system for high-frequency measuring and real-time management of cyanobacterial blooms in urban water bodies (2018) Processes, 6 (2), art. no. 11
  • Kerimoglu, O., Jacquet, S., Vinçon-Leite, B., Lemaire, B.J., Rimet, F., Soulignac, F., Trévisan, D., Anneville, O., Modelling the plankton groups of the deep, peri-alpine Lake Bourget, (2017) Ecological Modelling, 359, pp. 415-433.