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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 articles31 documents

  • 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⟩
  • Franck Thomas, Magali Rizza, Olivier Bellier, Jérémy Billant, Philippe Dussouillez, et al.. Assessing post-pliocene deformation in a context of slow tectonic deformation: insights from paleoseismology, remote sensing and shallow geophysics in Provence, France. Natural Hazards, Springer Verlag, 2021, 105, pp.1453-1490. ⟨10.1007/s11069-020-04362-5⟩. ⟨hal-02975089⟩
  • Tesson Jim, Lucilla Benedetti, Vincent Godard, Novaes Catherine, Fleury Jules, et al.. Slip rate determined from cosmogenic nuclides on normal-fault facets. Geology, Geological Society of America, 2020, ⟨10.1130/G47644.1⟩. ⟨hal-03004745⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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 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, 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. ⟨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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩
  • 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 & Geosciences, Elsevier, 2011, 37 (8), pp.1067-1074. ⟨10.1016/j.cageo.2010.05.023⟩. ⟨hal-00639472⟩
  • 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 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⟩
  • 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, 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⟩