Skip to Main content Skip to Navigation


Coastal and Continental Morphodynamics laboratory

scientific production online repository

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.

Number of records

1 134


Evolution of records


Last publications

[hal-02504266] Reconstruction of anthropogenic activities in legacy sediments from the Eure River, a major tributary of the Seine Estuary (France)  (17/03/2020)   Moins
Most rivers worldwide are contaminated by various trace metals from different origins, which may be stored for considerable periods of time in depositional areas. Most of these studies are focused on the main river of a watershed and the tributaries are often neglected which can be important sources of contamination. The aim of this study was to reconstruct the anthropogenic activities that occurred in the Eure River, tributary of the Seine Estuary, since the 1940s using “legacy sediments”. The results showed that the temporal trends of trace metals were not related to detrital inputs and TOC variations but with the industrial history of the Eure River watershed. The high levels of Zn, Cu, and Ni during the 1950s and the 1960s, and the decrease with the decline of the probable main source of release showed the watershed reactivity to anthropogenic activities. The high levels of Pb during the 1990s and the 2000s showed that the watershed reacted immediately to anthropogenic pressures. The Pb levels remained important after the cease of industrial activity, showing that a resilience period is necessary for the system, and that interactions between human activities and the environment go beyond of the activities themselves.

[hal-02458357] The Dredge Disposal Sediment Index (D2SI): A new specific multicriteria index to assess the impact of harbour sediment dumping  (30/01/2020)   Plus
[hal-02406848] Artificial Tracer Tests Interpretation Using Transfer Function Approach to Study the Norville Karst System  (10/01/2020)   Plus
[hal-02510841] Determination of the permeability of seepage flow paths in dams from self-potential measurements  (20/03/2020)   Plus
[hal-02397130] Monitoring de l'évolution morpho-sédimentaire de petits à moyens estuaires à partir de sondeurs acoustiques  (09/12/2019)   Plus
[hal-02424358] Effects of a salmon fish farm on benthic habitats in a high-energy hydrodynamic system: The case of the Rade de Cherbourg (English Channel)  (22/03/2020)   Plus
[hal-02362472] Experimental and numerical study of the propagation of focused wave groups in the nearshore zone  (16/01/2020)   Plus
[hal-02431394] Numerical modelling of three-dimensional wave-current interactions in complex environment : application to Alderney Race  (29/01/2020)   Plus
[insu-02436871] How do sea-level curves influence modeled marine terrace sequences?  (27/03/2020)   Plus
[hal-01982516] Theoretical calculation of the power of wind turbine or tidal turbine  (21/01/2020)   Plus



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