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I am an Associate Professor or Earth Sciences in Aix-Marseille Université (Aix-en-Provence, France).


My main area of interest is the dynamics of the Earth surface, which is a complex interface between internal and external geodynamics. Tectonic and climatic processes interact constantly to shape the evolution of topography, by driving erosion processes and transporting sediments. Beyond their direct control on the Earth surface, such interactions have major and far reaching implications for the evolution of mountain ranges (e.g. distribution of deformation in the crust) and global climate (e.g. control on precipitation and atmospheric CO2).



I explore these problems in a variety of settings, notably in active mountains ranges. An important part of my research over the last decade has been focused on the margins of the Tibetan Plateau, in the Himalayas or Eastern Tibet.



The general approach I implement in my exploration of Earth Surface Processes is to combine time constraints on these processes using mostly cosmogenic nuclides such as 10Be (integrating rates of surface denudation over the 1-100 ka timescale) with information about the spatial structure of the landscape using high resolution Digital Elevation Models. I also try to integrate these two types of data into a physical understanding of landscape dynamics using numerical Landscape Evolution Models.



I work in CEREGE (Aix-en-Provence, France) which hosts the French National Laboratory for Cosmogenic Nuclides (L2NC), and is a great place to investigate these problems.


Article dans une revue17 documents

  • Franck Thomas, Vincent Godard, Olivier Bellier, Esmaeil Shabanian, Vincent Ollivier, et al.. Morphological controls on the dynamics of carbonate landscapes under a mediterranean climate. Terra Nova, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017, 29 (3), pp.173 - 182. <10.1111/ter.12260>. <hal-01543365>
  • Valerio Olivetti, Vincent Godard, Olivier Bellier, Aster Team. Cenozoic rejuvenation events of Massif Central topography (France): Insights from cosmogenic denudation rates and river profiles. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, 2016, 444, pp.179-191. <10.1016/j.epsl.2016.03.049>. <hal-01460714>
  • Vincent Godard, Vincent Ollivier, Olivier Bellier, Cécile Miramont, Esmaeil Shabanian, et al.. Weathering-limited hillslope evolution in carbonate landscapes. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, 2016, 446, pp.10-20. <10.1016/j.epsl.2016.04.017>. <hal-01424607>
  • Claire Ansberque, Olivier Bellier, Vincent Godard, Cécile Lasserre, Mingming Wang, et al.. The Longriqu fault zone, eastern Tibetan Plateau: Segmentation and Holocene behavior. Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2016, 35, pp.565 - 585. <10.1002/2015TC004070>. <hal-01419856>
  • Jérémy Billant, Olivier Bellier, Vincent Godard, Jean-Claude Hippolyte. Constraining recent fault offsets with statistical and geometrical methods: Example from the Jasneuf Fault (Western Alps, France). Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 2016, 693 (A), pp.1-21. <10.1016/j.tecto.2016.09.031>. <hal-01460712>
  • Claire Ansberque, Vincent Godard, Olivier Bellier, Julia De Sigoyer, Jing Liu-Zeng, et al.. Denudation pattern across the Longriba fault system and implications for the geomorphological evolution of the eastern Tibetan margin. Geomorphology, Elsevier, 2015, 246, pp.542 - 557. <10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.07.017>. <hal-01564063>
  • Vincent Godard, Didier Bourles, Françoise Spinabella, Douglas W. Burbank, Bodo Bookhagen, et al.. Dominance of tectonics over climate in Himalayan denudation. Geology, Geological Society of America, 2014. <hal-01549051>
  • Vincent Godard, Gregory E. Tucker, G. Burch Fisher, Douglas W. Burbank, Bodo Bookhagen. Frequency-dependent landscape response to climatic forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2013, 40 (5), pp.859 - 863. <10.1002/grl.50253>. <hal-01537091>
  • Jeremy Giuliano, Vincent Godard, Thomas Lebourg, Thomas Dewez, Emmanuel Tric, et al.. Large scale structural control on regional coastline orientations: example from South-eastern France. Journal of Coastal Research, Coastal Education and Research Foundation, 2013, SI 65 (2), pp.1687 - 1691. <10.2112/SI65-285.1>. <hal-01045016>
  • Marianne Conin, Pierre Henry, Vincent Godard, Sylvain Bourlange. Splay fault slip in a subduction margin, a new model of evolution. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, 2012, 341, pp.170-175. <10.1016/j.epsl.2012.06.003>. <hal-00852295>
  • G. Burch Fisher, Colin Amos, Bodo Bookhagen, Douglas W. Burbank, Vincent Godard. Channel widths, landslides, faults, and beyond: The new world order of high-spatial resolution Google Earth imagery in the study of earth surface processes. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 2012, Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research, 492, pp.1-22. <10.1130/2012.2492(01)>. <hal-01564208>
  • Gyoergy Hetenyi, Vincent Godard, Rodolphe Cattin, James A. D. Connolly. Incorporating metamorphism in geodynamic models: the mass conservation problem. Geophysical Journal International, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2011, 186 (3), pp.6-10. <10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05052.x>. <hal-00617480>
  • Vincent Godard, Douglas W. Burbank. Mechanical analysis of controls on strain partitioning in the Himalayas of central Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research, American Geophysical Union, 2011, 116 (B10), pp.B10402. <hal-00789902>
  • Philippe Steer, Rodolphe Cattin, Jerome Lave, Vincent Godard. Surface Lagrangian Remeshing: A new tool for studying long term evolution of continental lithosphere from 2D numerical modelling. Computers and Geosciences, Elsevier, 2011, 37 (8), pp.1067-1074. <10.1016/j.cageo.2010.05.023>. <hal-00639472>
  • Vincent Godard, R Pik, J Lavé, R Cattin, B Tibari, et al.. Late Cenozoic evolution of the central Longmen Shan, eastern Tibet: Insight from (U-Th)/He thermochronometry. Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2009, 248, pp.286 - 5009. <10.1029/2008TC002407>. <hal-01577059>
  • Vincent Godard, Jérome Lavé, Rodolphe Cattin. Numerical modelling of erosion processes in the Himalayas of Nepal: effects of spatial variations of rock strength and precipitation. The Geological Society, London, Special Publications, Geological Society of London, 2006, 253 (1), pp.341-358. <10.1144/GSL.SP.2006.253.01.18>. <hal-01543331>
  • Vincent Godard, Rodolphe Cattin, Jérôme Lavé. Modeling mountain building, numerical trade off between erosion law and crustal rheology. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2004, 31 (23), pp.L23607. <10.1029/2004GL021006>. <hal-00788697>