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Quantitative Geomorphologist

Junior Scientist CNRS

Chargé de recherche CR1

Head of Quantitative Geomorphology team

Associate Editor Earth Surface Dynamics

Email : dimitri.lague(a)univ-rennes1.fr

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Research topics

  • Physics of erosion processes and sediment transport in mountain rivers.
  • Terrestrial and Airborne Laser Scanning applied to geomorphology
  • Role of stochastic forcings on landscape dynamics
  • Biogeomorphological couplings in estuarine dynamics
  • Impact and signature of climate and tectonics in landscapes
  • Experimental and numerical modelling of landscape and channel evolution.

Terrestrial Laser Scanning pages

  • Visit HERE for details on our projects, free softwares we developped and some TLS data !

Recent Papers and news

(pdf available on request) Complete list of publication available on google scholar

  • AGU 2014 invited talk : Lague, D., What’s the point of a raster ?:Advantages of 3D Point Cloud Processing over Raster Based Methods for Accurate Geomorphic Analysis of High Resolution Topography, 15-20 dec 2014.
  • qCANUPO and qM3C2 plugins for point cloud classification and comparison are now implemented in the Open Source software CloudCompare. Much faster and easier to use.
  • Lague, D., The stream power river incision model : evidence, theory and beyond, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, State of Science paper, January, 2014.
    PDF - 1.3 Mo
    Stream Power, ESPL, Lague, in press
  • Guignier, L. , Niiya, H., Nishimori, H., Lague, D. and Valance,A., Sand dunes as migrating strings, Physical Review E, 87 (5), 2013
  • Lague, D., Brodu, N. and Leroux, J., Accurate 3D comparison of complex topography with terrestrial laser scanner : application to the Rangitikei canyon (N-Z), 2013, ISPRS journal of Photogrammmetry and Remote Sensing (description and application of the M3C2 algorithm)
    PDF - 1.9 Mo
    M3C2 algorithm, revised
  • AGU 2012 invited talk : Lague, D., Brodu, and Leroux, J., Unlocking the scientific potential of complex 3D point cloud dataset : new classification and 3D point cloud comparison methods, 3-7 dec 2012.
    PDF - 4.9 Mo
    AGU presentation 2012
  • Podcast (in French) of a seminar I gave at the Isterre Grenoble on : ’FLoods, Landslides and river morphodynamics’
  • Gordon Warwick Medal from the British Society for Geomorphology
  • Brodu, N. and Lague, D., 3D Terrestrial LiDAR data classification of complex natural scenes using a multi-scale dimensionality criterion : applications in geomorphology, ISPRS journal of Photogrammmetry and Remote Sensing, 2012.
  • Dreano, J., Valance, A., Lague, D. and Cassar, C., Experimental study on transient and steady-state dynamics of bedforms in supply limited configuration, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2010.
  • Lague, D., Reduction of Long-Term Bedrock Incision Efficiency by Short-Term Alluvial Cover Intermittency, JGR-Earth Surface, 2010.
  • Valla, P., Van der Beek, P. and Lague, D., Fluvial incision into bedrock : insights from morphometric analysis and numerical modeling of gorges incising glacial hanging valleys (western Alps, France), JGR-Earth Surface, 2010.
  • Turowski, J., Lague, D. and Hovius, N., Bedrock channel response to tectonic forcing : Insights from a numerical model, theoretical considerations and comparison with field data, JGR-Earth Surface, 2009.
  • Davy, P. and Lague, D., The erosion / transport equation of landscape evolution models revisited, JGR-Earth Surface, 2009.
  • Turowski, J., Hovius, N., Hsieh, M.-L., Lague, D., and Chen, M.-C., Distribution of erosion across bedrock channels, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 2008.
  • Turowski, J., Lague, D., and Hovius, N., The cover effect in bedrock abrasion : A new derivation and its implications for the modeling of bedrock channel morphology, Journal of Geophysical Research - Earth Surface, 2007. 13th most cited paper of JGR-Earth Surface

Curriculum Vitae

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CV FR juin 2013

Recent Research Projects

  • CNRS/PEPS Terre-Mer : Modélisation numérique de l’impact de la végétation pionnière en Baie du Mt St Michel sur la sédimentation et comparaison avec données lidar terrestre, collab. Ifremer/dyneco, 2014
  • "SEDIQUAKE : hydrosedimentary hazards following an M8 earthquake on the Alpine Fault, New-Zealand", INSU/ALEAS, 2014.
  • "Biogeomorphological couplings in mega-tidal salt marshes", INSU/EC2CO/DRIL, 2012-2013
  • "EROSNZ - landslides, floods and erosion : new insights from event-based field measurements in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and stochastic 2D numerical modeling of long-term landscape evolution, funded by EEC MCIOF (2011-2012).
  • "3D-VEROS : Erosion rates measurements with terrestrial laser scanner" funded by french INSU (2009).
  • "DRH : Dynamique des Réseaux Hydrographiques " funded by french INSU-RELIEFS (2007-2009)