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

[hal-02292112] Consistently dated Atlantic sediment cores over the last 40 thousand years  (21/09/2019)  
Rapid changes in ocean circulation and climate have been observed in marine-sediment and ice cores over the last glacial period and deglaciation, highlighting the non-linear character of the climate system and underlining the possibility of rapid climate shifts in response to anthropogenic greenhouse gas forcing. To date, these rapid changes in climate and ocean circulation are still not fully explained. One obstacle hindering progress in our understanding of the interactions between past ocean circulation and climate changes is the difficulty of accurately dating marine cores. Here, we present a set of 92 marine sediment cores from the Atlantic Ocean for which we have established age-depth models that are consistent with the Greenland GICC05 ice core chronology, and computed the associated dating uncertainties, using a new deposition modeling technique. This is the first set of consistently dated marine sediment cores enabling paleoclimate scientists to evaluate leads/lags between circulation and climate changes over vast regions of the Atlantic Ocean. Moreover, this data set is of direct use in paleoclimate modeling studies.

[hal-02362472] Experimental and numerical study of the propagation of focused wave groups in the nearshore zone  (16/11/2019)  
[hal-02289073] Uncertainties associated with in situ high-frequency long-term observations of suspended particulate matter concentration using optical and acoustic sensors  (25/10/2019)  
[hal-02346068] Assessing the ecological status of an estuarine ecosystem: linking biodiversity and food-web indicators  (05/11/2019)  
[hal-02335033] Ensablement de la zone intertidale du littoral de Seine-Maritime : évolution diachronique historique  (13/11/2019)  
[hal-02164383] Architecture sédimentaire de la flèche de galets de La Mollière (Baie de Somme) : Une étude par prospection géoradar  (27/06/2019)  
[hal-01982516] Theoretical calculation of the power of wind turbine or tidal turbine  (19/10/2019)  
[hal-02276909] Characterization of elements at risk in the multirisk coastal context and at different spatial scales: Multi-database integration (normandy, France).  (07/10/2019)  
[hal-02334133] Bioaccessibility of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs, PCBs) and trace elements: influencing factors and determination in a river sediment core  (07/11/2019)  
[hal-02282820] Combined spatial and retrospective analysis of fluoroalkyl chemicals in fluvial sediments reveal changes in levels and patterns over the last 40 years  (19/11/2019)  



International collaboration (co-authors)



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