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Coastal and Continental Morphodynamics laboratory

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The "Coastal and Continental Morphodynamics" laboratory (M2C) is a Joint Research Unit (UMR 6143) created in 1996, under the supervision of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the university of Caen Normandie (UNICAEN) and the university of Rouen Normandy (URN). The staff of the laboratory includes 86 persons: 37 researchers, 21 engineers and technicians, 28 PhD students. The research of the M2C laboratory focuses on the characterization and modeling of natural processes dynamics in different compartments along the LAND-SEA continuum, at different scales of time and space. The research is organized into 5 themes:
  • Watershed
  • Estuary
  • Coastal


This research is carried out with an interdisciplinary approach integrating researchers specialized in mechanics, geosciences, oceanography, hydrology, microbiology and ecology of organisms. Our research combines in-situ measurements with numerous dedicated equipment, experimental approaches and numerical moodeling.

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[hal-03670518] Structure of iso-scalar sets

An analytical framework is proposed to explore the structure and kinematics of iso-scalar fields. It is based on a two-point statistical analysis of the phase indicator field which is used to track a given iso-scalar volume. The displacement speed of the iso-surface, i.e. the interface velocity relative to the fluid velocity, is explicitly accounted for, thereby generalizing previous two-point equations dedicated to the phase indicator in two-phase flows. Although this framework applies to many transported quantities, we here focus on passive scalar mixing. Particular attention is paid to the effect of Reynolds (the Taylor based Reynolds number is varied from 88 to 530) and Schmidt numbers (in the range 0.1 to 1), together with the influence of flow and scalar forcing. It is first found that diffusion in the iso-surface tangential direction is predominant, emphasizing the primordial influence of curvature on the displacement speed. Second, the appropriate normalizing scales for the two-point statistics at either large, intermediate and small scales are revealed and appear to be related to the radius of gyration, the surface density and the standard deviation of mean curvature, respectively. Third, the onset of an intermediate ‘scaling range’ for the two-point statistics of the phase indicator at sufficiently large Reynolds numbers is observed. The scaling exponent complies with a fractal dimension of 8/3. A scaling range is also observed for the transfer of iso-scalar fields in scale space whose exponent can be estimated by simple scaling arguments and a recent closure of the Corrsin equation. Fourth, the effects of Reynolds and Schmidt numbers together with flow or scalar forcing on the different terms of the two-point budget are highlighted.

[hal-03653320] Experimental Study to Determine Forces Acting on Starbloc Armor Units and Velocities Occurring in a Single-Layer Rubble Mound Breakwater under Regular Waves


[hal-03651354] Benthic impact assessment of a dredge sediment disposal in a dynamic resilient environment


[hal-03699643] Frequency and phase lock-in behind circular cylinder in the presence of random irregular waves


[hal-03682137] Sensitivity of a large hydrosystem to changes in climate variability: application to the high and low groundwater level response of the Seine Basin


[insu-03669265] 4 Ma-long uplift cycles of the southern Peru forearc since Late Miocene


[hal-03661792] Architectural variability of a coarse-grained barrier system in a hypertidal environment (Santa Cruz Estuary, Argentinean Patagonia)


[hal-03681340] Socio-Ecological Analysis to Assess the Success of Artificial Reef Projects


[hal-03600460] A review of methods and indicators used to evaluate the ecological modifications generated by artificial structures on marine ecosystems


[hal-03592159] Reconstruction of past marine submersion events (storms and tsunamis) on the North Atlantic coast of Morocco




International collaboration (co-authors)



M2C lab. in Caen

Morphodynamique Continentale et Côtière
Université de Caen Normandie (Campus 1)
24 rue des Tilleuls
14000 Caen Cedex

M2C lab. in Rouen

Morphodynamique Continentale et Côtière
Université de Rouen Normandie (bâtiment Blondel Nord)
Place Emile Blondel
76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex