Assistant Professor

Coastal Oceanography and Sedimentology

CEFREM, Université de Perpignan UPVD - CNRS

UMR 5110
52, av. Paul Alduy
66860, Perpignan cedex, France

Phone: +33 4 68 66 22 48 

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Research activities:

My research activities are focused on the study, quantification and characterization of particulate matter fluxes at different interfaces of the land-sea continuum.

I'm interested by long-term observation of continent-ocean material transfers, particularly within the MOOSE observation network. The combined use of fixed point measurement stations (river stations, coastal buoys, moorings, benthic tripods,...) and autonomous platforms (gliders, satellites, ...) allow to better characterize these transfers at high frequency (event-driven) and over long term  period (climate and anthropogenic change). The combined use of optical and acoustic sensors on these different platforms allow to better characterize the nature, size and shape of this material. These parameters play a crucial role in the behavior of this material (erosion, transport, deposition, aggregation) along with various forcings.

Another part of my research is focused on extreme hydro-sedimentary processes and the redistribution of particulate material on continental shelves. Extreme meteorological and climatic events such as floods, storms, formation and sinking of dense waters play a major role in the input, transport and export of material from the coastal domain to the deep-sea. These events are very important for the dynamics of suspended particles, their aggregation/disaggregation, especially during winter.



Hydrodynamics, Sedimentology, Mediterranean Sea, Gulf of Lions, gliders.


On-going projets:

HAMELIN (2020-2022): Apports de l'Océanographie Opérationnelle pour le développement d'Outils pour adapter et améliorer la gestion d'invasions d'insectes, INTERREG POCTEFA, Europe.  

MELANGE (2020-2023): Real-time measureents of sediment fluxes in the coastal zone using Gliders, ANR DGA ASTRID-MATURATION.

TAPIOCA (2019-2021): opTicAl PropertIes of cOmplex optiCAl waters: comparison between Baltic and Mediterranean Sea, PHC grant Estonia - France.

DEMEAUX (2017-2021): DEMonstrateur EAUX Roussillon, CPER et 3S Région LR, Agence de l'eau.

HYDRO-USHUAIA (2017-2021): Particles dynamics in the Beagle channel and Ushuaia Bay, ECOS-SUD.

MOOSE (2020-): Mediterranean Ocean Observing System of the Environment, SOERE ALLENVI INSU.


Past projects:

METPAG (2019-2020): Mesure de la Taille des Particules en suspension à l'aide de Gliders, EC2CO DRILL.  

MERMEX (2016-2020): Marine Ecosystem Response in the Mediterranean Experiment, MISTRALS ALLENVI.

CHIFRE (2017-2019): Coastal High Frequency Response to Extreme Events, storms and floods, EC2CO DRIL.

MATUGLI (2015-2018): Mesures Autonomes de la Turbidité à l'aide de GLIders, ANR ASTRID DGA.

SUNRISE (2015-2017): Flux sédimentaires, turbidité et intégrité des fonds pour la Stratégie pour le Milieu Marin, ANR.

MIDAS (2013-2016): Managing Impacts of deep Sea Ressource Exploitation, EU FP7 project.

ESCOFAR (2014-2015): Etude des Sources COntinentales dans un Fjord Arctique, EC2CO DRIL - IPEV.

TUCPA (2013-2014):Turbidité Côtière et Plateformes Autonomes, EC2CO DRIL.


Surpervision of PhD students:

Florian Meslard (2020-2023): Apports Sableux Par Les flEuves Côtiers méditerranéens et aléa de submersion marine (ASPLEC). Bourse Région Occitanie.

Mirjam Uusõue (2018-2022): Study of suspended particles characteristics in Pärnu river ROFI, using in-situ and satellite data. University of Tartu, Faculty of Science and Technology, Estonian Marine Institute.


Past PhD students:

Mathieu Gentil (2018-2021): Apport des drones sous-­marins à l’étude de la dynamique côtère (TELEDYNE). Bourse Région Occitanie. ( 

Gaël Many (2016): Impacts of storm and flood events on suspended particulate matter dynamics in the Gulf of Lions. Contributions of gliders to a multi-platform approach. Bourse MNRT. (

Mahrez Sadaoui (2016): Variabilité et évolution des apports de matières en suspension dans la zone côtière: approche multi-échelle dans le bassin de la Méditerranée. Bourse MNRT. (


Curriculum Vitae:

Present position From 2009: Assistant Professor Oceanography Université de Perpignan Via-Domitia
Past positions

2007-2009: Research fellow Marine Optics Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche sur mer

2003-2007: PhD Coastal OceanographyUniversité de Perpignan


2020: Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches Université de Perpignan (dossier HDR en pdf)

2007: Doctorat en Océanologie de l'Université de Perpignan (manuscript de thèse en pdf)

2002: DEA en Océanologie de l'Université Bordeaux 1 (rapport de stage de DEA en pdf)

2001: Maîtrise Sciences de la Mer et de l'Environnement de l'Université Bordeaux 1 et de l'Université de Southamton (UK)


Teaching activities:

  •  General teaching in Earth Science in Bsc degree:
    • Methods in geology
    • Sedimentary Petrology
    • Magmatism & Metamorphism
    • Geomatics
    • Geostatistics
  • Marine Sciences Master degree
    • General Oceanography
    • Experimental Oceanography
    • Material fluxes in the land-to-sea continuum
    • Scientific Diving
    • Programming and Data analysis in Oceanography


Publications :



  • (39) Ody, A., Doxaran, D., Verney, R., Bourrin, F., Morin, G.P., Pairaud, I., Gangloff, A., 2022. Ocean Color Remote Sensing of Suspended Sediments along a Continuum from Rivers to River Plumes: Concentration, Transport, Fluxes and Dynamics. Remote Sensing 14, 2026. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (38) Gentil, M., Estournel, C., Durrieu de Madron, X., Many, G., Miles, T., Marsaleix, P., Berné, S., Bourrin, F., 2022. Sediment dynamics on the outer-shelf of the Gulf of Lions during a storm: An approach based on acoustic glider and numerical modeling. Continental Shelf Research 104721. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (37) Giesecke, R., Martín, J., Piñones, A., Höfer, J., Garcés-Vargas, J., Flores-Melo, X., Alarcón, E., Durrieu de Madron, X., Bourrin, F., González, H.E., 2021. General Hydrography of the Beagle Channel, a Subantarctic Interoceanic Passage at the Southern Tip of South America. Front. Mar. Sci. 8, 621822. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (36) Jatiault, R., Dhont, D., Besson, F., Tedetti, M., Pasqueron de Fommervault, O., Loncke, L., Bourrin, F., Goutx, M., Durrieu de Madron, X., 2021. Water column poly-aromatic hydrocarbon anomalies measured with submersible gliders in the Angolan natural oil seepage province. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 175, 103588. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (35) Bourrin, F., Uusõue, M., Artigas, M.C., Sànchez-Vidal, A., Aubert, D., Menniti, C., Klar, J., Portmán MIDAS cruise shipboard party, 2021. Release of particles and metals into seawater following sediment resuspension of a coastal mine tailings disposal off Portmán Bay, Southern Spain. Environ Sci Pollut Res. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (34) Lagarde, R., Peyre, J., Amilhat, E., Bourrin, F., Prellwitz, F., Simon, G., Faliex, E., 2021. Movements of Non-Migrant European Eels in an Urbanised Channel Linking a Mediterranean Lagoon to the Sea. Water 13, 839. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (33) Gentil, M., Many, G., Durrieu de Madron, X., Cauchy, P., Pairaud, I., Testor, P., Verney, R., Bourrin, F., 2020. Glider-Based Active Acoustic Monitoring of Currents and Turbidity in the Coastal Zone. Remote Sensing 12, 2875. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (32) Mikolajczak, G., Estournel, C., Ulses, C., Marsaleix, P., Bourrin, F., Martin, J., Pairaud, I., Puig, P., Leredde, Y., Many, G., Seyfried, L., Durrieu de Madron, X., 2020. Impact of storms on residence times and export of coastal waters during a mild autumn/winter period in the Gulf of Lion. Continental Shelf Research 104192. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (31) Flores Melo, X., Martín, J., Kerdel, LBourrin, F., Colloca, C., Menniti, C., Durrieu de Madron, X., 2020. Particle Dynamics in Ushuaia Bay (Tierra del Fuego)-Potential Effect on Dissolved Oxygen Depletion. 2020. Water 12, 324. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (30) Balouin, Y., Bourrin, F., Meslard, F., Palvadeau, E., Robin, N., 2020. Assessing the Role of Storm Waves and River Discharge on Sediment Bypassing Mechanisms at the Têt River Mouth in the Mediterranean (Southeast France). Journal of Coastal Research 95, 351. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (29) Testor, P., de Young, B., Rudnick, D.L., Glenn, S., Hayes, D., Lee, C.M., Pattiaratchi, C., Hill, K., Heslop, E., Turpin, V., Alenius, P., Barrera, C., Barth, J.A., Beaird, N., Bécu, G., Bosse, A., Bourrin, F., Brearley, J.A., Chao, Y., Chen, S., Chiggiato, J., Coppola, L., Crout, R., Cummings, J., Curry, B., Curry, R., Davis, R., Desai, K., DiMarco, S., Edwards, C., Fielding, S., Fer, I., Frajka-Williams, E., Gildor, H., Goni, G., Gutierrez, D., Haugan, P., Hebert, D., Heiderich, J., Henson, S., Heywood, K., Hogan, P., Houpert, L., Huh, S., E. Inall, M., Ishii, M., Ito, S., Itoh, S., Jan, S., Kaiser, J., Karstensen, J., Kirkpatrick, B., Klymak, J., Kohut, J., Krahmann, G., Krug, M., McClatchie, S., Marin, F., Mauri, E., Mehra, A., P. Meredith, M., Meunier, T., Miles, T., Morell, J.M., Mortier, L., Nicholson, S., O’Callaghan, J., O’Conchubhair, D., Oke, P., Pallàs-Sanz, E., Palmer, M., Park, J., Perivoliotis, L., Poulain, P.-M., Perry, R., Queste, B., Rainville, L., Rehm, E., Roughan, M., Rome, N., Ross, T., Ruiz, S., Saba, G., Schaeffer, A., Schönau, M., Schroeder, K., Shimizu, Y., Sloyan, B.M., Smeed, D., Snowden, D., Song, Y., Swart, S., Tenreiro, M., Thompson, A., Tintore, J., Todd, R.E., Toro, C., Venables, H., Wagawa, T., Waterman, S., Watlington, R.A., Wilson, D., 2019. OceanGliders: A Component of the Integrated GOOS. Front. Mar. Sci. 6, 422. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (28) Pruski, A.M., Buscail, R., Bourrin, F., Vétion, G., 2019. Influence of coastal Mediterranean rivers on the organic matter composition and reactivity of continental shelf sediments: The case of the Têt River (Gulf of Lions, France). Continental Shelf Research S0278434318303856. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (27) Many, G., Durrieu de Madron, X., Verney, R., Bourrin, F., Renosh, P.R., Jourdin, F., Gangloff, A., 2019. Geometry, fractal dimension and settling velocity of flocs during flooding conditions in the Rhône ROFI. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 219, 1–13. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (26) Sadaoui, M., Ludwig, W., Bourrin, F., Bissonnais, Y., Romero, E., 2018. Anthropogenic Reservoirs of Various Sizes Trap Most of the Sediment in the Mediterranean Maghreb Basin. Water 10, 927. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (25) Jatiault, R., Dhont, D., Loncke, L., de Madron, X.D., Dubucq, D., Channelliere, C., Bourrin, F., 2018. Deflection of natural oil droplets through the water column in deep-water environments: The case of the Lower Congo Basin. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers 136, 44–61. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (24) Meslard, F., Bourrin, F., Many, G., Kerhervé, P., 2018. Suspended particle dynamics and fluxes in an Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 204, 212–224. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (23) Violaki, K., Bourrin, F., Aubert, D., Kouvarakis, G., Delsaut, N., Mihalopoulos, N., 2018. Organic phosphorus in atmospheric deposition over the Mediterranean Sea: An important missing piece of the phosphorus cycle. Progress in Oceanography. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (22) Sadaoui, M., Ludwig, W., Bourrin, F., Romero, E., 2017. The impact of reservoir construction on riverine sediment and carbon fluxes to the Mediterranean Sea. Progress in Oceanography. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (21) Many, G., Bourrin, F., Durrieu de Madron, X., Ody, A., Doxaran, D., Cauchy, P., 2018. Glider and satellite monitoring of the variability of the suspended particle distribution and size in the Rhône ROFI. Progress in Oceanography. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (20) Testor, P., Bosse, A., Houpert, L., Margirier, F., Mortier, L., Legoff, H., Dausse, D., Labaste, M., Karstensen, J., Hayes, D., Olita, A., Ribotti, A., Schroeder, K., Chiggiato, J., Onken, R., Heslop, E., Mourre, B., D’Ortenzio, F., Mayot, N., Lavigne, H., de Fommervault, O., Coppola, L., Prieur, L., Taillandier, V., Durrieu de Madron, X., Bourrin, F., Many, G., Damien, P., Estournel, C., Marsaleix, P., Taupier-Letage, I., Raimbault, P., Waldman, R., Bouin, M.-N., Giordani, H., Caniaux, G., Somot, S., Ducrocq, V., Conan, P., 2017. Multiscale Observations of Deep Convection in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea During Winter 2012-2013 Using Multiple Platforms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (19) Sadaoui, M., Ludwig, W., Bourrin, F., Raimbault, P. (2016). Controls, budgets and variability of riverine sediment fluxes to the Gulf of Lions (NW Mediterranean), Journal of Hydrology. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (18) Ody, A., Doxaran, D., Vanhellemont, Q., Nechad, B., Novoa, S., Many, G., Bourrin, F., Verney, R., Pairaud, I., Gentili, B., 2016. Potential of High Spatial and Temporal Ocean Color Satellite Data to Study the Dynamics of Suspended Particles in a Micro-Tidal River Plume. Remote Sensing 8, 245. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (17) Many, G., Bourrin, F., Durrieu de Madron, X., Pairaud, I., Gangloff, A., Doxaran, D., Ody, A., Verney, R., Menniti, C., Le Berre, D., Jacquet, M., 2016. Particle assemblage characterization in the Rhone River ROFI. Journal of Marine Systems 157, 39–51. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (16) Tallobre, C., Loncke, L., Bassetti, M.-A., Giresse, P., Bayon, G., Buscail, R., de Madron, X.D., Bourrin, F., Vanhaesebroucke, M., Sotin, C., 2016. Description of a contourite depositional system on the Demerara Plateau: Results from geophysical data and sediment cores. Marine Geology. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (15) Loncke, L., Maillard, A., Basile, C., Roest, W.R., Bayon, G., Gaullier, V., Pattier, F., Mercier de Lepinay, M., Grall, C., Droz, L., Marsset, T., Giresse, P., Caprais, J.C., Cathalot, C., Graindorge, D., Heuret, A., Lebrun, J.F., Bermell, S., Marcaillou, B., Sotin, C., Hebert, B., Patriat, M., Bassetti, M.A., Tallobre, C., Buscail, R., Durrieu de Madron, X., Bourrin, F., 2015. Structure of the Demerara passive-transform margin and associated sedimentary processes. Initial results from the IGUANES cruise. Geological Society, London, Special Publications. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (14) Bourrin, F., Many, G., Durrieu de Madron, X., Martín, J., Puig, P., Houpert, L., Testor, P., Kunesch, S., Mahiouz, K., Béguery, L., 2015. Glider monitoring of shelf suspended particle dynamics and transport during storm and flooding conditions. Continental Shelf Research 109, 135–149. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (13) Bressac, M., Guieu, C., Doxaran, D., Bourrin, F., Desboeufs, K., Leblond, N., Ridame, C., 2014. Quantification of the lithogenic carbon pump following a simulated dust-deposition event in large mesocosms. Biogeosciences 11, 1007–1020. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (12) Durrieu de Madron, X., Houpert, L., Puig, P., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Testor, P., Bosse, A., Estournel, C., Somot, S., Bourrin, F., Bouin, M.N., Beauverger, M., Beguery, L., Calafat, A., Canals, M., Cassou, C., Coppola, L., Dausse, D., D’Ortenzio, F., Font, J., Heussner, S., Kunesch, S., Lefevre, D., Le Goff, H., Martín, J., Mortier, L., Palanques, A., Raimbault, P., 2013. Interaction of dense shelf water cascading and open-sea convection in the northwestern Mediterranean during winter 2012. Geophys. Res. Lett. 40, 1379–1385. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (11) Martín, J., Durrieu de Madron, X., Puig, P., Bourrin, F., Palanques, A., Houpert, L., Higueras, M., Sanchez-Vidal, A., Calafat, A.M., Canals, M., Heussner, S., Delsaut, N., Sotin, C., 2013. Sediment transport along the Cap de Creus Canyon flank during a mild, wet winter. Biogeosciences 10, 3221–3239. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (10) Michaud, H., Marsaleix, P., Leredde, Y., Estournel, C., Bourrin, F., Lyard, F., Mayet, C., Ardhuin, F., 2012. Three-dimensional modelling of wave-induced current from the surf zone to the inner shelf. Ocean Science 8, 657–681. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (9) Bressac, M., Guieu, C., Doxaran, D., Bourrin, F., Obolensky, G., Grisoni, J.-M., 2012. A mesocosm experiment coupled with optical measurements to assess the fate and sinking of atmospheric particles in clear oligotrophic waters. Geo-Marine Letters 32, 153–164. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (8) Kim, J.-H., Buscail, R., Bourrin, F., Palanques, A., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Bonnin, J., Schouten, S., 2009. Transport and depositional process of soil organic matter during wet and dry storms on the Têt inner shelf (NW Mediterranean). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 273, 228–238. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (7) Bourrin, F., Friend, P.L., Amos, C.L., Manca, E., Ulses, C., Palanques, A., Durrieu de Madron, X., Thompson, C.E.L., 2008. Sediment dispersal from a typical Mediterranean flood: The Têt River, Gulf of Lions. Continental Shelf Research 28, 1895–1910. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (6) Bourrin, F., Durrieu de Madron, X., Heussner, S., Estournel, C., 2008. Impact of winter dense water formation on shelf sediment erosion (evidence from the Gulf of Lions, NW Mediterranean). Continental Shelf Research 28, 1984–1999. (get Preprint pdf)


  • (5) Curran, K.J., Hill, P.S., Milligan, T.G., Mikkelsen, O.A., Law, B.A., Durrieu de Madron, X., Bourrin, F., 2007. Settling velocity, effective density, and mass composition of suspended sediment in a coastal bottom boundary layer, Gulf of Lions, France. Continental Shelf Research 27, 1408–1421. (get Preprint pdf)
  • (4) Bourrin, F., Monaco, A., Aloïsi, J.-C., Sanchez-Cabeza, J.-A., Lofi, J., Heussner, S., Durrieu de Madron, X., Jeanty, G., Buscail, R., Saragoni, G., 2007. Last millennia sedimentary record on a micro-tidal, low-accumulation prodelta (Têt NW Mediterranean). Marine Geology 243, 77–96.  (get Preprint pdf)


  • (2) Kim, J.-H., Schouten, S., Buscail, R., Ludwig, W., Bonnin, J., Sinninghe Damsté, J.S., Bourrin, F., 2006. Origin and distribution of terrestrial organic matter in the NW Mediterranean (Gulf of Lions): Exploring the newly developed BIT index. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 7. (get Preprint pdf)

  • (1) Bourrin, F., Durrieu de Madron, X. and Ludwig, W. (2006). Contribution of the study of coastal rivers and associated prodeltas to sediment supply in North-western Mediterranean Sea (Gulf of Lions). Life and Environment, 56(4): 307-314. (get Preprint pdf)


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