Long-term monitoring of observatory sites in the Jura massif

The Chrono-Environmental Laboratory supports a structured and coherent network of national observation services (SNO Tourbières, SNO Karst, SNO H+, SNO RENOIR, SNO RENAG) and long-term study sites (forest observation sites, CARELI – CAmpagnols-REnards-LIèvres long-term observation sites) within the designated space of the Arc Jurassien Workshop Zone (ZAAJ).

Coordinators : Daniel GILBERT et Guillaume BERTRAND


Collected data are managed within OSU Theta or directly by statewide SNO networks. These systems are managed in partnership with local structures (EPAGE Haut Doubs-Haute Loue, Haut Doubs mixed union, Haut Jura PNR, FREDON BFC, etc.). In this context, the ZAAJ partners have submitted a preliminary project to designate the Frasne peatland research center as a level 1 or 2 European eLTER site within the framework of a “Haut Doubs” research platform covering the Doubs watershed upstream of the city of Pontarlier.
This project will be supported by the creation of a Jura “school site” comprising a 60-bed reception center in Frasne, a permanent reception center for researchers and students managed by the local authorities and located 300 meters from a TGV station (Paris-Frasne-Lausanne).


The initial objective of this working group is to coordinate the labeling, monitoring, sustainability and storage of data in the Franco-Swiss Jura region. This project involves all disciplines of Chrono-environnement (paleo-environmental scientists, archeologists, ecologists, geologists, historians, chemists, physicists, physicians and pharmacists) and the ten other partner laboratories of ZAAJ (geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, philosophers, mathematicians).
The working group, led by Chrono-environnement, is thus open to other laboratories from the Universities of Burgundy, Savoie and Neuchâtel, but also to researchers from other invited French or foreign laboratories. Another objective of the working group is to unite and support the long-term observation of socio-ecological systems through inter- and transdisciplinary approaches, as well as to promote and support the submission of projects carried out in whole or in part in the Jura massif (ANR, H2020, French-Swiss Interreg, etc.). Finally, the working group will ensure that the Jura region is promoted as an area open to national and international research.

The observatories of the Massif du Jura