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Directeur de recherches CNRS

Tel : (33) 3 83 59 42 43 ; Fax : (33) 3 83 51 17 98

e-mail Jérôme Lavé

Recherche/Research Interests

  • Coupling and feedback loops between tectonics, erosion and climate
  • Geomorphology and fluvial incision, physics of the abrasion of bedrock and pebbles during fluvial sediment transport
  • Landscape evolution : Himalayan studies, Numerical modelling of landscape evolution, sedimentary archives
  • India-Asia collision
  • Quaternary glacial advances applied to paleoclimatology and subglacial erosion study


  • 1987-1990 Diploma of Engineer in Sciences, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris
  • 1990-1991 Master in Geophysics _ Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) _ Seismic anisotropy and the major tectonic directions (with J.P. Montagner et P. Tapponnier)
  • 1991-1993 Engineer geophysicist at the San Calixto Observatory, La Paz, Bolivia _ Seismic network monitoring
  • 1993-1997 PhD in Geophysics, University Paris VII, Denis Diderot _ Morpho- and sismo-tectonics of the Himalaya of Nepal (with J.P. Avouac)
  • 1998-1999 Post-doctorate at Pennsylvania State University _ Geomorphologic analysis of the San Gabriel Mountains (with D. Burbank)
  • 1999-2007 CNRS Research Scientist at the LGCA, Grenoble
  • 2007 - CNRS Research Scientist at the CRPG, Nancy
  • 2008-2009 Sabbatical visitor (CIRES fellowship) at Colorado University in Boulder
  • 2009 - CNRS Senior Research Scientist at the CRPG, Nancy


Publications CRPG


Bosia, C., Chabaux, F., Pelt, E., France-Lanord, C., Morin, G., Lavé, J., et al. (2016). U–Th–Ra variations in Himalayan river sediments (Gandak river, India): Weathering fractionation and/or grain-size sorting? Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 193, 176–196.
Cassel, M., Piégay, H., & Lavé, J. (2016). Effects of transport and insertion of radio frequency identification (RFID) transponders on resistance and shape of natural and synthetic pebbles: applications for riverine and coastal bedload tracking. Earth Surface and Processes and Landforms, .
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.
Saintot, A., 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.


Lavé, J. (2015). Landscape inversion by stream piracy. Nature, News & Views, 520, 442–443.
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.
Dubille, M., & Lavé, J. (2014). Rapid grain size coarsening at sandstone/ conglomerate transition: similar expression in Himalayanmodern rivers and Pliocenemolasse deposits. Basin Research, , 1–17.
Gallo, F., & Lavé, J. (2014). Evolution of a large landslide in the High Himalaya of central Nepal during the last half-century. Geomorphology, 223, 20–32.
Puchol, N., Lavé, J., Lupker, M., Blard, P. H., Gallo, F., France-Lanord, C., et al. (2014). Grain-size dependent concentration of cosmogenic 10 Be and erosion dynamics in a landslide-dominated Himalayan watershed. Geomorphology, 224, 55–68.
Wilson, A., & Lavé, J. (2014). Convergent evolution of abrading flow obstacles: Insights from analogue modelling of fluvial bedrock abrasion by coarse bedload. Geomorphology, 208, 207–224.


Blard, P. H., Braucher, R., Lavé, J., & Bourlès, D. (2013). Cosmogenic 10Be production rate calibrated against 3He in the high Tropical Andes (3800–4900m, 20–22◦ S). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 382, 140–149.
Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Sylvestre, F., Placzek, C. J., Claude, C., Galy, V., et al. (2013). Cosmogenic 3He production rate in the high tropical Andes (3800m,20◦S): Implications for the local last glacial maximum. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 377-378, 260–275.
Garçon, M., Chauvel, C., France-Lanord, C., Huyghe, P., & Lavé, J. (2013). Continental sedimentary processes decouple Nd and Hf isotopes. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 121, 177–195.
Lupker, M., France-Lanord, C., Galy, V., Lavé, J., & Kudrass, H. (2013). Increasing chemical weathering in the Himalayan system since the Last Glacial Maximum. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 365, 243–252.
Wilson, A., & Lavé, J. (2013). The legacity of impact conditions in morphometrics of percussion marks on fluvial bedrock surfaces. Geomorphology, 186, 174–180.


Lavé, J., & Lague, D. (2012). L'incision fluviale des orogènes actifs. Geochronique, (124), 30–32.
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.
Lupker, M., France-Lanord, C., Galy, V., Lavé, J., Gaillardet, J., Gajurel, A. P., et al. (2012). Predominant floodplain over mountain weathering of Himalayan sediments (Ganga basin). Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 84, 410–432.


Blard, P. H., Sylvestre, F., Tripati, A. K., Claude, C., Causse, C., Coudrain, A., et al. (2011). Lake highstands on the Altiplano (Tropical Andes) contemporaneous with Heinrich 1 and the Younger Dryas: new insights from 14C, UeTh dating and d18O of carbonates. Quaternary Science Reviews, 30, 3973–3989.
Le Bouteiller, C., Naaim-Bouvet, F., Mathys, N., & Lavé, J. (2011). A new framework for modeling sediment fining during transport with fragmentation and abrasion. Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface, 116.
Lupker, M., France-Lanord, C., Lavé, J., Bouchez, J., Galy, V., Métivier, F., et al. (2011). A Rouse‐based method to integrate the chemical composition of river sediments: Application to the Ganga basin. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116(F04012).
Steer, P., Rodolphe, C., Lavé, J., & Godard, V. (2011). Surface Lagrangian Remeshing: A new tool for study long term evolution of continental lithosphere from 2D numerical modelling. Computers & Geosciences, 37(8), 1067–1074.


Hatzfeld, D., Authemayou, C., Van der Beek, P., Bellier, O., Lavé, J., Oveisi, B., et al. (2010). The kinematics of the Zagros Mountains (Iran) during the Meso-Cenozoic. Geological Society of London Special Publication, 330, 19–42.


Attal, M., & Lavé, J. (2009). Pebble abrasion during fluvial transport: Experimental results and implications for the evolution of the sediment load along rivers. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114(FO-4023), 1–22.
Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Farley, K. A., Fornari, M., Jimenez, N., & Ramirez, V. (2009). Late local glacial maximum in the Central Altiplano triggered by cold and locally-wet conditions during the paleolake Tauca episode (17–15 ka, Heinrich 1). Quaternary Science Reviews, 28, 3414–3427.
Godard, V., Cattin, R., & Lavé, J. (2009). Erosional control on the dynamics of low-convergence rate continental plateau margins. Geophysical Journal International, 179, 763–777.
Godard, V., Pik, R., Lavé, J., Cattin, R., Tibari, B., de Sigoyer, J., et al. (2009). Late Cenozoic evolution of the central Longmen Shan, eastern Tibet: Insight from (U-Th)/He thermochronometry. Tectonics, 28(TC5009), 1–17.
Oveisi, B., Lavé, J., Van der Beek, P., Carcaillet, J., Benedetti, L., Braucher, R., et al. (2009). Thick- and thin-skinned deformation rates in the Zagros SImple Folded Zone (Iran) indicated by displacement of geomorphic surfaces. Geophysical Journal International, 176, 627–654.


Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Pik, R., Wagnon, P., & Bourlès, D. (2007). Persistence of full glacial conditions in the central Pacific until 15,000 years ago. Nature, 449(7162), 585–591.
Garzanti, E., Vezzoli, G., Ando, S., Lavé, J., Attal, M., France-Lanord, C., et al. (2007). Quantifying sand provenance and erosion (Marsyandi River, Nepal Himalaya). Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 258, 500–515.

Autres publications / Other publications


Blard, P. H., Bourlès, D., Pik, R., & Lavé, J. (2008). In situ cosmogenic 10Be in olivines and pyroxenes. Quaternary Geochronology, 3, 196–205.


Oveisi, B., Lavé, J., & Van der Beek, P. (2007). Active folding and deformation rate at the central Zagros front (Iran). Lacombe, O. ; Lavé, J. ; Roure, F.


Attal, M., & Lavé, J. (2006). Changes of bedload characteristics along the Marsyandi River (central Nepal) : Implications for understanding hillslope sediment supply, sediment load evolution along fluvial networks, and denudation in active orogenic belts. Willett, S.D. ; Hovius, N. ; Brandon, M.T. ; Fisher, D.

Attal, M., Lavé, J., & Masson, J. P. (2006). A new experimental device to study pebble abrasion and transpose to natural systems. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 132(6), 624–628.

Blard, P. H., Bourlès, D., Lavé, J., & Pik, R. (2006). Applications of ancient cosmic-ray exposures : Theory, techniques and limitations. Quaternary Geochronology, 1(1), 59–73.

Blard, P. H., Pik, R., Lavé, J., Bourlès, D., Burnard, P., Yokochi, R., et al. (2006). Cosmogenic 3He production rates revisited from evidences of grain size dependent release of matrix sited helium. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 247, 222–234.

Gayer, E., Lavé, J., Pik, R., & France-Lanord, C. (2006). Monsoonal forcing of Holocene glacier fluctuations in Ganesh Himal (Central Nepal) constrained by cosmogenic 3He exposure ages of garnets. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 252(3-4), 275–288.

Godard, M., Lavé, J., & Cattin, R. (2006). Numerical modelling of erosion processes in the Himalayas of Nepal, effect of spatial variation of rock strength and precipitation (Vol. 253).


Blard, P. H., Lavé, J., Pik, R., Quidelleur, X., Bourlès, D., & Kieffer, G. (2005). Fossil cosmogenic 3He record from K–Ar dated basaltic flows of Mount Etna volcano (Sicily, 388N) : Evaluation of a new paleoaltimeter. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 236(3-4), 613–631.

Lavé, J. (2005). Analytic solution of the mean elevation of a watershed dominated by fluvial incision and hillslopes landsliding. Geophysical Research Letters, 32(11), L11403.

Lavé, J., Yule, D., Sapkota, S., Basenta, K., Madden, C., Attal, M., et al. (2005). Evidence for a Great Medieval Earthquake ( 1100 A.D.) in the Central Himalayas, Nepal. Science, 307, 1302–1305.


Godard, V., Cattin, R., & Lavé, J. (2004). Modeling mountain building, numerical trade off between erosion law and crustal rheology. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L23607.

Lavé, J., Burbank, & D. (2004). Erosion rates and patterns in the Transverse Ranges (California). Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, F01006.


Avouac, J. P., Bollinger, L., Lavé, J., Cattin, R., & Flouzat, M. (2001). Le cycle sismique en Himalaya. Comptes Rendus de l’Académie des Sciences – Series IIA – Earth and Planetary Science, 333(9), 513–529.

Lavé, J., & Avouac, J. P. (2001). Fluvial incision and tectonic uplift across the Himalayas of central Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research, 106(B11), 26561–26591.


Lavé, J., & Avouac, J. P. (2000). Active folding of fluvial terraces across the Siwaliks Hills, Himalayas of central Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research, 105(B3), 5735–5770.

Montagner, J. P., Griot-Pommera, D. A., & Lavé, J. (2000). How to relate body wave and surface wave anisotropy ? Journal of Geophysical Research, 105(B8), 19015–19028.


Hurtrez, J. E., Lucazeau, F., Lavé, J., & Avouac, J. P. (1999). Investigation of the relationships between basin morphology, tectonic uplift, and denudation from the study of an active fold belt in the Siwalik Hills, central Nepal. Journal of Geophysical Research, 104(B6).


Lavé, J., Avouac, J. P., Lacassin, R., Tapponnier, P., & Montagner, J. P. (1996). Seismic anisotropy beneath Tibet : evidence for eastward extrusion of the Tibetan lithosphere ? Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 140(1-4), 83–96.


Pandey, M. R., Tandukar, R. P., Avouac, J. P., Lavé, J., & Massot, J. P. (1995). Interseismic strain accumulation on the Himalayan crustal ramp (Nepal). Geophysical Research Letters, 22, 751–754.



Seismotectonics and morphotectonics, Geomorphology and geomorphology of the Alps, Dating techniques of Quaternary formations and surfaces, Remote sensing and the use of Digital Elevation Models

Encadrement de thèse

  • Mikael Attal (LGCA) : Experimental study of pebble and bedrock abrasion during fluvial bedload transport (October 2003)
  • Pierre Henri Blard (CEREGE) : Development and use of a paleo-altimeter based on the cosmogenic nuclides (June 2006). Co-direction : D. Bourlès (CEREGE) and R. Pik (CRPG)
  • Vincent Godard (ENS Paris) : Coupling between tectonics and erosion : numerical approach and the Long Men Shan (China) case study. (December 2006) Co-direction : R. Cattin (ENS Paris)
  • Behnam Oveisi (LGCA - Geological Survey of Iran) : Morpho- and seismo-tectonic study of the recent fold deformations in central Zagros (May 2007). Co-direction : P. van der Beek (LGCA)
  • Matthieu Dubille (LGCA) : Dynamics of the fluvial incision : combined field, experimental and numerical approaches. (June 2008)
  • Philippe Steer (ENS Paris) : Surface Processus and deformationd in continental collision setting : quantification and modelling (Nov. 2010).
  • Maarten Lupker (CRPG) : Dynamique sédimentaire, érosion physique et altération chimique dans le système himalayen (June 2011). Co-direction with C. France Lanord (CRPG).
  • Florian Gallo (CRPG) : L’impact du climat sur l’érosion des chaînes de montagne : érosion physique et modélisation (started on Oct. 2010). Co-direction with C. France Lanord (CRPG).
  • Guillaume Morin (CRPG) : L’impact du climat sur l’érosion des chaînes de montagne : traçage géochimique et archives sédimentaires (started on Oct. 2010). Co-direction with C. France Lanord (CRPG).

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