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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.


Journal articles41 documents

  • Irene Schimmelpfennig, Joerg M Schaefer, Jennifer Lamp, Vincent Godard, Roseanne Schwartz, et al.. Glacier response to Holocene warmth inferred from in situ 10Be and 14C bedrock analyses in Steingletscher's forefield (central Swiss Alps). Climate of the Past, European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2022, 18, pp.23 - 44. ⟨10.5194/cp-18-23-2022⟩. ⟨hal-03533832⟩
  • Clément Desormeaux, Vincent Godard, Dimitri Lague, Guillaume Duclaux, Jules Fleury, et al.. Investigation of stochastic-threshold incision models across a climatic and morphological gradient. Earth Surface Dynamics, European Geosciences Union, 2022, 10 (3), pp.473-492. ⟨10.5194/esurf-10-473-2022⟩. ⟨hal-03690052⟩
  • Denovan Chauveau, Christine Authemayou, Kevin Pedoja, Stéphane Molliex, Laurent Husson, et al.. On the generation and degradation of emerged coral reef terrace sequences: First cosmogenic 36Cl analysis at Cape Laundi, Sumba Island (Indonesia). Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2021, 269, pp.107144. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107144⟩. ⟨hal-03350633⟩
  • Vincent Godard, Salgado A., L Siame, Jules Fleury, Team Aster. Transient hillslope erosion in slow evolution landscapes. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Wiley, 2021, 46 (12), pp.2485-2500. ⟨10.1002/esp.5190⟩. ⟨hal-03346897v2⟩
  • Regis Braucher, Pierre‐henri Blard, Erik T Brown, Julien Carcaillet, Anne- Elisabeth Lebatard, et al.. Didier L. Bourlès (1955–2021), the 5 MV cosmogenic rock star. Quaternary Geochronology, Elsevier, 2021, 65, pp.101186. ⟨10.1016/j.quageo.2021.101186⟩. ⟨insu-03211733⟩
  • Denovan Chauveau, Christine Authemayou, Stéphane Molliex, Vincent Godard, Lucilla Benedetti, et al.. Eustatic knickpoint dynamics in an uplifting sequence of coral reef terraces, Sumba Island, Indonesia. Geomorphology, Elsevier, 2021, 393, pp.107936. ⟨10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107936⟩. ⟨hal-03350591⟩
  • Denovan Chauveau, Christine Authemayou, Kevin Pedoja, Stéphane Molliex, Laurent Husson, et al.. On the generation and degradation of emerged coral reef terrace sequences: First cosmogenic 36Cl analysis at Cape Laundi, Sumba Island (Indonesia). Quaternary Science Reviews, Elsevier, 2021, 269, pp.107144. ⟨10.1016/j.quascirev.2021.107144⟩. ⟨hal-03428650⟩
  • Wei Wang​, Vincent Godard, Jing Liu‐zeng, Jinyu Zhang, Zhigang Li, et al.. Tectonic controls on surface erosion rates in the Longmen Shan, Eastern Tibet. Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2021, 40 (3), ⟨10.1029/2020TC006445⟩. ⟨hal-03172550⟩
  • V. Godard, G. Tucker. Influence of Climate‐Forcing Frequency on Hillslope Response. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2021, 48 (18), ⟨10.1029/2021GL094305⟩. ⟨hal-03347189⟩
  • Vincent Godard, Jean-Claude Hippolyte, Edward Cushing, Nicolas Espurt, Jules Fleury, et al.. Hillslope denudation and morphologic response to a rock uplift gradient. Earth Surface Dynamics, European Geosciences Union, 2020, 8 (2), pp.221 - 243. ⟨10.5194/esurf-8-221-2020⟩. ⟨hal-02539133⟩
  • Valerio Olivetti, Maria Balestrieri, Vincent Godard, Olivier Bellier, Cécile Gautheron, et al.. Cretaceous and late Cenozoic uplift of the eastern French Massif Central: insights from low- temperature thermochronometry. Lithosphere, Geological Society of America, In press, 12 ((1)), pp.133-149. ⟨10.1130/L1142.1⟩. ⟨hal-02464552⟩
  • Jim Tesson, Lucilla Benedetti, Vincent Godard, Catherine Novaes, Jules Fleury. Slip rate determined from cosmogenic nuclides on normal-fault facets. Geology, Geological Society of America, 2020, 49 (1), pp.66-70. ⟨10.1130/G47644.1⟩. ⟨hal-03453637⟩
  • Timothée Sassolas-Serrayet, Rodolphe Cattin, Matthieu Ferry, Vincent Godard, Martine Simoes. Estimating the disequilibrium in denudation rates due to divide migration at the scale of river basins. Earth Surface Dynamics, European Geosciences Union, 2019, 7 (4), pp.1041-1057. ⟨10.5194/esurf-7-1041-2019⟩. ⟨hal-02387452⟩
  • Vincent Godard, Anthony Dosseto, Jules Fleury, Olivier Bellier, Lionel Siame, et al.. Transient landscape dynamics across the Southeastern Australian Escarpment. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Elsevier, 2019, 506, pp.397-406. ⟨10.1016/j.epsl.2018.11.017⟩. ⟨hal-02085967⟩
  • Claire Ansberque, Vincent Godard, Valerio Olivetti, Olivier Bellier, Julia de Sigoyer, et al.. Differential Exhumation Across the Longriba Fault System: Implications for the Eastern Tibetan Plateau. Tectonics, American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2018, 37 (2), pp.663 - 679. ⟨10.1002/2017TC004816⟩. ⟨hal-01791792⟩
  • Franck Thomas, Vincent Godard, Olivier Bellier, Lucilla Benedetti, Vincent Ollivier, et al.. Limited influence of climatic gradients on the denudation of a Mediterranean carbonate landscape. Geomorphology, Elsevier, 2018, 316, pp.44-58. ⟨10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.04.014⟩. ⟨hal-01797410⟩
  • Wei Wang, Vincent Godard, Jing Liu-Zeng, Dirk Scherler, Chong Xu, et al.. Perturbation of fluvial sediment fluxes following the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Wiley, 2017, 42 (15), pp.2611-2622. ⟨10.1002/esp.4210⟩. ⟨hal-01765613⟩
  • 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, Olivier Bellier, Vincent Godard, Cécile L 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⟩
  • 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-01785669v2⟩
  • Vincent Godard, C. Miramont, O Bellier, Jules Fleury, V. Ollivier, et al.. Long-term denudation of carbonate landscapes, insights from the Luberon Mountains, Provence, France. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 2015, 17. ⟨hal-01429976⟩
  • Romain Le Roux-Mallouf, Vincent Godard, Rodolphe Cattin, Matthieu Ferry, Jampel Gyeltshen, et al.. Evidence for a wide and gently dipping Main Himalayan Thrust in western Bhutan. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2015, 42 (9), pp.3257-3265. ⟨10.1002/2015GL063767⟩. ⟨hal-01174088v2⟩
  • 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, 42 (3), pp.243-246. ⟨10.1130/G35342.1⟩. ⟨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⟩
  • Vincent Godard, D. W. Burbank, D. L. Bourlès, B. Bookhagen, R. Braucher, et al.. Impact of glacial erosion on 10 Be concentrations in fluvial sediments of the Marsyandi catchment, central Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface, American Geophysical Union/Wiley, 2012, 117 (F3), pp.F03013. ⟨10.1029/2011JF002230⟩. ⟨hal-01537127⟩
  • 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 Papers, Geological Society of America, 2012, Google Earth and Virtual Visualizations in Geoscience Education and Research, 492, pp.1-22. ⟨10.1130/2012.2492(01)⟩. ⟨hal-01564208⟩
  • 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⟩
  • Lionel Siame, J. Angelier, R.-F. Chen, Vincent Godard, F. Derrieux, et al.. Erosion rates in an active orogen (NE-Taiwan): A confrontation of cosmogenic measurements with river suspended loads. Quaternary Geochronology, Elsevier, 2011, 6 (2), pp.246 - 260. ⟨hal-01457857⟩
  • 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 & Geosciences, Elsevier, 2011, 37 (8), pp.1067-1074. ⟨10.1016/j.cageo.2010.05.023⟩. ⟨hal-00639472⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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, J. Lavé, J. Carcaillet, R. Cattin, D. Bourles, et al.. Spatial distribution of denudation in Eastern Tibet and regressive erosion of plateau margins. Tectonophysics, Elsevier, 2010, 491, pp.253-274. ⟨10.1016/J.TECTO.2009.10.026⟩. ⟨insu-00549737⟩
  • 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, 28 (5), ⟨10.1029/2008TC002407⟩. ⟨hal-01577059⟩
  • Vincent Godard, R Cattin, J Lavé. Erosional control on the dynamics of low-convergence rate continental plateau margins. Geophysical Journal International, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2009, 179, pp.763 - 777. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04324.x⟩. ⟨hal-01577060⟩
  • P. Badel, V. Godard, J.B. Leblond. Application of some anisotropic damage model to the prediction of the failure of some complex industrial concrete structure. International Journal of Solids and Structures, Elsevier, 2007, 44 (18-19), pp.5848-5874. ⟨hal-00169822⟩
  • 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⟩
  • Vincent Godard, R. Cattin, J. Lavé. Numerical modeling of mountain building: Interplay between erosion law and crustal rheology.. Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union, 2004, 31, pp.L23607. ⟨10.1029/2004GL021006⟩. ⟨hal-00079361⟩
  • A. Garbarg-Chenon, V. Godard, R. Labia, J. C. Nicolas. Nucleotide sequence of SHV-2 beta-lactamase gene.. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, American Society for Microbiology, 1990, 34 ((7)), pp.1444-6. ⟨hal-00814764⟩
  • A. Garbarg-Chenon, H. Vu Thien, R. Labia, H. Ben-Yaghlane, V. Godard, et al.. Characterization of a plasmid coding for resistance to broad-spectrum cephalosporins in Salmonella typhimurium.. Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research, Bioscience Ediprint; 1999, 1989, 15 ((4)), pp.145-50. ⟨hal-00814688⟩