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Maître de conférences, UL

bureau 408, 4e étage sud

Tel : +33 (0)3 83 59 42 45 Fax : +33 (0)3 83 51 17 98

e-mail Julien Charreau

Recherche/Research Interests

  • Rock magnetism : magnetostratigraphy, AMS, paleomagnetism
  • Basin analysis
  • Structural geology
  • Fold modelling
  • Interaction between tectonics, climate and surface processes (erosion and sedimentation) as seen from the sedimentary record in a continental zone of convergence (Central Asia)
  • Chronology of deformation north of the Tibetan Plateau
  • Long-term tectonic deformation rates
  • Chronology of rifting in Corinth (Greece)
  • Origin of the shallowing anomaly in sediments


  • 2001-2002 : Master’s degree in Earth sciences at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (France), specialization in neotectonics and sismo-tectonics
  • 2002-2005 : PhD thesis in Earth sciences at the University of Orléans/ Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orléans (ISTO) : "Tectonic evolution of the Tianshan mountains during Cenozoic time in response to the India-Asia collision : from magnetostratigraphy and U-Th/He thermochronology analysis of Neogene sediments". Advisors : Yan Chen, Stuart Gilder, Jean Philippe Avouac
  • 2005-2006 : Teaching assistant (ATER) at the university of Orléans/ Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTO), France
  • 2006-2007 : Postdoctoral fellowship in basin analysis and O,C stable isotope of carbonate at the Indiana University (USA)
  • 2007-2008 : Postdoctoral fellowship in structural analysis and fold modeling at the California Institute of Technology (USA)
  • From 2008 : Assistant professor at ENSG



Delcaillau, B., Graveleau, F., Saint-Carlier, D., Rao, G., Le Béon, M., Charreau, J., et al. (2022). Geomorphic analysis of active fold growth and landscape evolution in the central Qiulitage fold belt, southern Tian Shan, China. Geomorphology, 398, 108063.
Legrain, E., Blard, P. H., & Charreau, J. (2022). Glacial equilibrium line–based relationship for paleoclimate reconstructions (Sierra Nevada, USA). Quaternary Research, , 1–12.


Charreau, J., Lavé, J., France-Lanord, C., Puchol, N., Blard, P. H., Pik, R., et al. (2021). A 6 Ma record of palaeodenudation in the central Himalayas from in situ cosmogenic 10 Be in the Surai section. Basin Research, , 1–22.
Crémades, A., Ford, M., & Charreau, J. (2021). Evidence of decoupled deformation during Jurassic rifting and Cenozoic inversion phases in the salt-rich Corbières-Languedoc Transfer Zone (Pyreneo-Provençal orogen, France). BSGF- Earth Sciences Bulletin, 192(37).
Hemelsdaël, R., Charreau, J., Ford, M., Proborukmi, M. S., Malartre, F., Urban, B., et al. (2021). Tectono-climatic controls of the early rift alluvial succession: Plio-Pleistocene Corinth Rift (Greece). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 576, 110507.
Litty, C., Charreau, J., Blard, P. H., Pik, R., & Nomade, S. (2021). Spatial variability of Quaternary denudation rates across a volcanic ocean island (Santo Antão, Cape Verde) from cosmogenic 3He. Geomorphology, 375, 107557.
Mariotti, A., Blard, P. H., Charreau, J., Toucanne, S., Jorry, S. J., Molliex, S., et al. (2021). Nonlinear forcing of climate on mountain denudation during glaciations. Nature Geoscience, 14, 16–22.
Wang, S., Chen, Y., Charreau, J., Li, Y., Chen, Z., Zhu, G., et al. (2021). Underthrusting of the tarim lithosphere beneath the Western Kunlun range, insights from seismic profiling evidence. Tectonics, 40(2), e2019TC005932.


Charreau, J., Sartégou, A., Saint-Carlier, D., Lavé, J., Blard, P. H., Dominguez, S., et al. (2020). Late Miocene to Quaternary slip history across the Qiulitag anticline in the southern Tianshan piedmont. Terra Nova, 32, 89–96.
Martin, L. C. P., Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Jomelli, V., Charreau, J., Condom, T., et al. (2020). Antarctic-like temperature variations in the Tropical Andes recorded by glaciers and lakes during the last deglaciation. Quaternary Science Reviews, 247, 106542.


Charreau, J., Blard, P. H., Zumaque, J., Martin, L. C. P., Delobel, T., & Szafran, L. (2019). Basinga: A cell-by-cell GIS toolbox for computing basin average scaling factors, cosmogenic production rates and denudation rates. Earth Surface and Processes and Landforms, 44, 2349–2365.
Mariotti, A., Blard, P. H., Charreau, J., Petit, C., Molliex, S., & ASTER Team. (2019). Denudation systematics inferred from in situ cosmogenic 10Be concentrations in fine (50–100 µm) and medium (100–250 µm) sediments of the Var River basin, southern French Alps. Earth Surface Dynamics, 7, 1059–1074.


Charreau, J., Saint-Carlier, D., Lavé, J., Dominguez, S., Blard, P. H., Avouac, J. P., et al. (2018). Late Pleistocene acceleration of deformation across the northern Tianshan piedmont (China) evidenced from the morpho-tectonic evolution of the Dushanzi anticline. Tectonophysics, 730, 132–140.
Martins, L., Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Condom, T., Prémaillon, M., Jomelli, V., et al. (2018). Lake Tauca highstand (Heinrich Stadial 1a) driven by a southward shift of the Bolivian High. Science Advances, 4.


Charreau, J., Saint-Carlier, D., Dominguez, S., Lavé, J., Blard, P. H., Avouac, J. P., et al. (2017). Denudation outpaced by crustal thickening in the eastern Tianshan. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 479, 179–191.
Malatesta, L. C., Avouac, J. P., Brown, N. D., Breitenbach, S. F. M., Pan, J., Chevalier, M. L., et al. (2017). Lag and mixing during sediment transfer across the Tian Shan piedmont caused by climate-driven aggradation-incision cycles. Basin Research, 30(4), 613–635.
Puchol, N., Charreau, J., Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Dominguez, S., Pik, R., et al. (2017). Limited impact of Quaternary glaciations on denudation rates in Central Asia. GSA Bulletin, 129(3-4), 479–499.


Saint-Carlier, D., Charreau, J., Lavé, J., Blard, P. H., Dominguez, S., Avouac, J. P., et al. (2016). Major temporal variations in shortening rate absorbed along a large active fold of the southeastern Tianshan piedmont (China). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 434, 333–348.


Martin, L. C. P., Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Braucher, R., Lupker, M., Condom, T., et al. (2015). In situ cosmogenic 10 Be production rate in the High Tropical Andes. Quaternary Geochronology, 30, 54–68.


Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Farley, K. A., Ramirez, V., Jimenez, N., Martin, L. C. P., et al. (2014). Progressive glacial retreat in the Southern Altiplano (Uturuncu volcano, 22°S) between 65 and 14 ka constrained by cosmogenic 3 He dating. Quaternary Science Reviews, 82, 209–221.
Wack, M. R., Gilder, S. A., Macaulay, E. A., Sobel, E. R., Charreau, J., & Mikolaichuk, A. (2014). Cenozoic magnetostratigraphy and magnetic properties of the southern Issyk-Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan. Tectonophysics, 629, 14–26.


Lallier, F., Antoine, C., Charreau, J., & Caumon, G. (2013). Management of ambiguities in magnetostratigraphic correlation. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, , 26–36.
Wang, S. L., Chen, Y., Charreau, J., Wei, D. T., & Jia, D. (2013). Tectono-stratigraphic history of the southern Junggar basin : Seismic profiling evidences. Terra Nova, 25(490), 495.


Charreau, J., Kent-Corson, M. L., Barrier, L., Augier, R., Ritts, B. D., Chen, Y., et al. (2012). A high-resolution stable isotopic record from the Junggar Basin (NW China): Implications for the paleotopographic evolution of the Tianshan Mountains. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 341-344, 158–169.
Lupker, M., Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., France-Lanord, C., Leanni, L., Puchol, N., et al. (2012). 10Be-derived Himalayan denudation rates and sediment budgets in the Ganga basin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 333-334, 146–156.
Puchol, N., Blard, P. H., Charreau, J., & Pik, R. (2012). Les nucléides cosmogéniques : traceurs à haute résolution des taux d'érosion au cours du temps. Géochronique, (124), 19–21.


Charreau, J., Blard, P. H., Puchol, N., Avouac, J. P., Lallier-Vergès, E., Bourlès, D., et al. (2011). Paleo-erosion rates in Central Asia since 9 Ma: A transient increase at the onset of Quaternary glaciations? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 304(1-2), 85–92.


Jolivet, M., Dominguez, S., Charreau, J., Chen, Y., Li, Y., & Wang, Q. (2010). Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonic history of the central Chinese Tian Shan: Reactivated tectonic structures and active deformation. Tectonics, 29(TC6019), 1–30.


Charreau, J., Chen, Y., Gilder, S., Barrier, L., Dominguez, S., Augier, R., et al. (2009). Neogene uplift pulses of the Tianshan mountains observed in the magnetic record of the Jingou River section (Northwest China). Tectonics, 28, TC2008.
Charreau, J., Gumiaux, C., Avouac, J. P., Augier, R., Chen, Y., Barrier, L., et al. (2009). The Neogene Xiyu Formation, a diachronous prograding gravel wedge at front of the Tianshan: Climatic and tectonic implications. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 287, 298–310.

• Charreau J., Chen, Y., Gilder, S., and Barier, L., 2008. Comment on "Magnetostratigraphic study of the Kuche Depression, Tarim Basin, and Cenozoic uplift of the Tian Shan Range, Western China" Baochun Huang, John DA Piper, Shoutao Peng, Tao Liu, Zhong Li, Qingchen Wang, Rixiang Zhu [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett., 2006, doi : 10.1016/j.epsl.2006.09.020]. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 268, 325-329.

•Charreau J., Sun, J. M., Chen, Y., Gilder, S., Huang, B. C., and Wang, Q. C., 2008. Late Cenozoic magnetochronology and paleoenvironmental changes in the northern foreland basin of the Tian Shan Mountains (vol 113, art no B06103, 2008). Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 113.

•Charreau J., Avouac, J. P., Chen, Y., Dominguez, S., and Gilder, S., 2008. Miocene to present kinematics of fault-bend folding across the Huerguosi anticline, northern Tianshan (China), derived from structural, seismic, and magnetostratigraphic data. Geology 36, 871-874.

•Courboulex F., Larroque, C., Deschamps, A., Kohrs-Sansorny, C., Gelis, C., Got, J. L., Charreau, J., Stephan, J. F., Bethoux, N., Virieux, J., Brunel, D., Maron, C., Duval, A. M., Perez, L., and Mondielli, P., 2007. Seismic hazard on the French Riviera : observations, interpretations and simulations. Geophysical Journal International 170, 387-400.

•Daeron M., Avouac, J. P., and Charreau, J., 2007. Modeling the shortening history of a fault tip fold using structural and geomorphic records of deformation. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 112.

•Charreau J., Gilder, S., Chen, Y., Dominguez, S., Avouac, J. P., Sen, S., Jolivet, M., Li, Y. G., and Wang, W. M., 2006. Magnetostratigraphy of the Yaha section, Tarim Basin (China) : 11 Ma acceleration in erosion and uplift of the Tian Shan mountains. Geology 34, 181-184.

•Charreau J., Chen, Y., Gilder, S., Dominguez, S., Avouac, J. P., Sen, S., Sun, D. J., Li, Y. G., and Wang, W. M., 2005. Magnetostratigraphy and rock magnetism of the Neogene Kuitun He section (northwest China) : implications for Late Cenozoic uplift of the Tianshan mountains. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 230, 177-192.

•Courboulex F., Larroque, C., Deschamps, A., Gelis, C., Charreau, J., and Stephan, J. F., 2003. An unknown active fault revealed by microseismicity in the south-east of France. Geophysical Research Letters 30.


Thesis supervision

Dimitri Saint-Carlier (2015) : Evolution tectonique du Tianshan oriental du Néogène à l’actuel


  • Geomorphology
  • Field Classes (mapping and structural geology in Provence)
  • Structural Geology
  • Computer-based geology : ArcGIS and gOcad


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