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Coastal and Continental Morphodynamics laboratory

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The "Coastal and Continental Morphodynamics" laboratory (M2C) is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 6143) created in 1996, under the supervision of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the university of Caen Normandie (UNICAEN) and the university of Rouen Normandy (URN). The staff of the laboratory includes 86 persons: 37 researchers, 21 engineers and technicians, 28 PhD students. The research of the M2C laboratory focuses on the characterization and modeling of natural processes dynamics in different compartments along the LAND-SEA continuum, at different scales of time and space. The research is organized into 5 themes::
  • Water and sediment cycles in watersheds;
  • Macrotidal estuarine environment: hydrodynamics interactions, sedimentology, biochemistry;
  • Dynamics of the coastline and of the internal platform;
  • Morphological evolution of coastal watersheds in response to climatic and tectonic forcing since the late Cenozoic;
  • Hydrodynamics, sediments and structures: Processes and interactions.


This research is carried out with an interdisciplinary approach integrating researchers specialized in mechanics, geosciences, oceanography, hydrology, microbiology and ecology of organisms. Our research combines in-situ measurements with numerous dedicated equipment, experimental approaches and numerical moodeling.

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Last publications

[insu-02524019] Global karst springs hydrograph dataset for research and management of the world’s fastest-flowing groundwater  (25/05/2020)   Moins
Karst aquifers provide drinking water for 10% of the world’s population, support agriculture, groundwater-dependent activities, and ecosystems. These aquifers are characterised by complex groundwater-flow systems, hence, they are extremely vulnerable and protecting them requires an in-depth understanding of the systems. Poor data accessibility has limited advances in karst research and realistic representation of karst processes in large-scale hydrological studies. In this study, we present World Karst Spring hydrograph (WoKaS) database, a community-wide effort to improve data accessibility. WoKaS is the first global karst springs discharge database with over 400 spring observations collected from articles, hydrological databases and researchers. The dataset’s coverage compares to the global distribution of carbonate rocks with some bias towards the latitudes of more developed countries. WoKaS database will ensure easy access to a large-sample of good quality datasets suitable for a wide range of applications: comparative studies, trend analysis and model evaluation. This database will largely contribute to research advancement in karst hydrology, supports karst groundwater management, and promotes international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

[hal-02556187] Flux estimation, temporal trends and source determination of trace metal contamination in a major tributary of the Seine estuary, France  (29/04/2020)   Plus
[hal-02504266] Reconstruction of anthropogenic activities in legacy sediments from the Eure River, a major tributary of the Seine Estuary (France)  (27/04/2020)   Plus
[cea-02569277] Assessment of PCB trajectories along French river corridors between 1945 and 2018  (25/05/2020)   Plus
[hal-02458357] The Dredge Disposal Sediment Index (D2SI): A new specific multicriteria index to assess the impact of harbour sediment dumping  (27/04/2020)   Plus
[hal-02406848] Artificial Tracer Tests Interpretation Using Transfer Function Approach to Study the Norville Karst System  (27/04/2020)   Plus
[hal-02510841] Determination of the permeability of seepage flow paths in dams from self-potential measurements  (27/04/2020)   Plus
[hal-02397130] Monitoring de l'évolution morpho-sédimentaire de petits à moyens estuaires à partir de sondeurs acoustiques  (27/04/2020)   Plus
[halshs-02572133] Reconstructing fluvial incision rates based upon palaeo‐water tables in Chalk karst networks along the Seine valley (Normandy, France)  (14/05/2020)   Plus
[hal-02548914] Hydraulic tomography in coupled discrete-continuum concept to image hydraulic properties of a fractured and karstified aquifer (Lez aquifer, France)  (27/04/2020)   Plus



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M2C lab. in Caen

Morphodynamique Continentale et Côtière
Université de Caen Normandie (Campus 1)
24 rue des Tilleuls
14000 Caen Cedex

M2C lab. in Rouen

Morphodynamique Continentale et Côtière
Université de Rouen Normandie (bâtiment Blondel Nord)
Place Emile Blondel
76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex