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Michel Dabas

Michel Dabas, born in Paris in 1961, first experimented with electrical methods for archaeological detection in 1978. He got his geophysics diploma from the School and Observatory of the Earth (EOPGS) in Strasbourg in 1984 and graduated from Strasbourg University (DEA) in 1985. From 1985 to 1989, he joined the team of A. Hesse and A. Tabbagh and comleted his PhD Thesis at Paris VI University on the Magnetic Behavior of soils in the frequency and time-domain, Application to the survey of Archaeological sites. During this period, he developed both laboratory instruments for measurement of the magnetic properties of soil - following the pioneering work of Tite, Mullins and Scollar - and the first continuous electrical system for surveying archaeological sites: the RATEAU. He joined CNRS in Garchy as a full time researcher in February 1991 and Paris VI University in 1997. He extended his fields of research to air-borne thermal IR measurements, GPR and Electrostatic systems. Since 1994, he has introduced geophysical techniques and methods to Soil Science. With the aim of introducing geophysical methods within the French Rescue Archaeological community, he also co-founded Terra NovA Ltd in England (1993) and Terra NovA sarl in France (1995). In 2001, he decided to set up a spin-off from CNRS: GEOCARTA SA in order to develop industrially the first ARP© system dedicated to Precision Farming (Precision Agriculture). Geocarta has developed new technologies which are always aimed at the fast mapping of large areas: the EMP (Electromagnetic) and AMP (Magnetics) towed systems, concerns about multi-channel GPR systems and GIS solutions. M. Dabas became associate researcher of ENS (École Normale Supérieure) in 2010.