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Sébastien GADAL

Professor of Geography in Geomatic and Spatial Analysis

Aix-Marseille University (AMU), Faculty of Art, Literature and Social Sciences





Research Areas

My area of research concerns the analysis of the processes of urbanisation, territorial development, and metropolisation in the context of the globalisation, climate changes, and adaption in the post-soviet countries (Baltic, Russian Federation), Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions; but also before in the territories in transition (Africa, India, and The Maghreb).

Geographic Analysis are based on the development and implementation of remote sensing spatial monitoring systems (Hyperspectral, Hight spatial resolution, Image processing, morphometry, artificial intelligence, massive data, etc.), multi-temporal geographic knowledge systems, and spatial simulation.


Domains of competence

 Thematic area

  • Urban modelling and metropolisation
  • Territorial development and adaption of the climate change and globalisation
  • Arctic policy

Geographic information science

  • Remote sensing, image processing and image analysis
  • GIS and spatial modelling
  • Knowledge models, geographic ontologies and simulation

 Geographic areas:

  • Arctic and Subarctic regions : Russian Federation & Siberia (2009- ), Scandinavia(1994-1995)(2009- )
  • Baltic and Nordic countries (1994-1995) (2004- )
  • North Mediterranean (France) (1994-2001) (2013- )
  • The Maghreb (1997-2003), North-East India (2008-2013), West Africa (2005-2013)




  • Head of the Masters of Geography  in Geomatic and Spatial Modelling, Territorial Planning and Land Management, Development and Environment (GAED) (2013- )
  • Head of the Double International Master Program in Geomatic and Environment (Aix-Marseille University - North Eastern Federal University) (2016- )
  • Co-head of the Master Program COAST (2018- )
  • Member of the Study committee (Faculty) (2016- )
  • Member of the Pedagogic committee (Faculty) (2017- )
  • Member of the executive team of the department of Geography (2017- )

Research UMR ESPACE 7300

  • Co-lead of the "Spatial Methodologies" research groups: "Statistics for Land Planning"; "Change Modelling" ; "Geographic Data and Image Processing", "Massive Geographic Data and Artificial Intelligence" (2018- )
  • Co-lead of the research team "Geographic Data and Image Processing" (2018- )
  • Member of the laboratory committee (2018- )
  • In co-charge of the international affairs (2019- )


  • Scientific expert (French Foreign Office), Arctic Council (Representative of France in PAME and SDWG) (2014-  ), Ministry of Environment (2017-2018).
  • Professor (0.25) North Eastern Federal University (Russian Federation) (2013- )
  • Visiting Professor, Klaipeda University (Lithuania) (2008- )

 Research program’s supports (2013- )

  • CNES THEIA CES Urbanisation et Artificialisation Sentinel 2 (co-porteur) (2017-2021)
  • ANR -15-CE22-0006 Polar Urban Centers (Leader WP 4) (01.10.2015-30.09.2020)
  • Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco “Pax Arctica” (2017)
  • Russian Science Foundation (RSF) n°15-18-20047 “Landscape Ontology: Semantics, Semiotics, and Geographic Modelling” РНФ №15-18-20047 «Онтология ландшафта: семантика, семиотика, и географическое моделирование» (Head of the research program) (09. 07. 2015 – 31.01.2018)
  • ANR 14-CE22-0016-01 Hyperspectral imagery for Environmental Urban Planning (Leader WP 1) (01.12.2014-30.09.2018)
  • CNES TOSCA URBHYP “Urban Hyperspectral” (co-porteur) (2014–2016)
  • UE FP-7 IRSES POLARIS (GIS team leader) (01.04.2013–28.02.2017)
  • ANR 10-CEPL-0012 CLimat, Agriculture et Société SIbérienne - QUElle Evolution ? (Human and territorial change modelling team leader) (2010-2014)

 Lectures (01.09.2013- )

  • Remote sensing and image processing
  • Applied geomatic for territorial planning
  • Spatial analysis and modelling
  • GIS and urban modelling
  •  Cartography and statistic
  • Methodology of the research
  • Coastal management, conflicts and Arctic policy
  • Applied territorial planning
  • Geo-spatial information dominance
  • Earth observation systems and geopolitic intelligence

 Before (01.09.2002-31.08.2013)

  • Remote sensing and image processing
  • Remote sensing for urban planning
  •  Photo-interpretation
  • GIS
  • GIS for tourism
  • GIS and urban modelling
  • Cartography
  • Environmental risk modelling
  • Statistics and programming
  • Applied urban planning and urbanism
  • Demography



Books1 document

  • Sébastien Gadal, Audrius Dedele. Basics of Geographic Information Systems. VGU, pp.86, 2013. ⟨hal-02058640⟩

Conference papers5 documents

  • Sébastien Gadal. GIS Heritage and Urban Tourism: The Case of Jaipur (India). Urban Heritage & Development Sustainability International Workshop, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines - CEMOTEV, Jan 2013, Guyancourt, France. ⟨hal-01817234⟩
  • Sébastien Gadal. La réintroduction du français dans les disciplines anglophones - Exemple de la géomatique. Assises universitaires de français, Ambassade de France en Russie - Université d'Etat de la Région de Moscou, Nov 2013, Moscou, Russia. ⟨hal-01817061⟩
  • Sébastien Gadal. Télédétection : que peut-on voir de la Terre vue de l'Espace ?. Café scientifique, Institut français de Finlande, Dec 2013, Helsinki, Finlande. ⟨hal-01817239⟩
  • Sébastien Gadal. Prévention, gestion et analyse post-crise des risques naturels par la géomatique. La prévention des désastres naturels : bilan mondial, comparaison entre la Russie et la France, CNRS - Ambassade de France en Russie - North Eastern Federal University, May 2013, Iakoutsk, Russie. ⟨hal-01817231⟩
  • Sébastien Gadal. Impact of the Via Baltica on the Urbanisation by Multi-Level Remote Sensing Analysis. Regional and Territorial Research Methods: Theory, Pratical Application and Interdisciplinary Approach, Klaipeda University, Apr 2013, Klaipeda, Lithuania. ⟨hal-01817227⟩