PhD title: Modeling of sandy shoreline evolution and its uncertainties, past and future: toward a holistic approach. U. Bordeaux and BRGM.

PhD title: Modeling of sandy shoreline evolution and its uncertainties, past and future: toward a holistic approach.

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD position at BRGM (French Geological Survey) within the group « Coastal Hazards ». One of the missions of BRGM is to undertake solutions-focused research that advances understanding of risks and opportunities in the coastal zone, and informs new systems of environmental management and coastal governance. The project is in partnership with the University of Bordeaux (EPOC) and is funded through BRGM and French program « Make Our Planet Great Again » (MOPGA).

The successful candidate will conduct research into long-term shoreline modelling and the impact of climate change, including uncertainties.

The successful candidate will spend about 2 years in Orléans (BRGM), 1 year in Bordeaux (University), and receive a gross salary of 1,758 euros/month (minimum).


The application is for non-French citizens only.

Details on the PhD project/subject:

For more information: please contact Déborah Idier ( and Bruno Castelle (


To apply: send a CV and motivation letter (in English) to Déborah Idier ( and Bruno Castelle (


Deadline for application: April 22, 2018

(results in June 2018 for a start in October 2018).


PhD project abstract:

Sandy shorelines are constantly evolving, threatening frequently human assets. Sea-level rise will exacerbate coastal erosion to an amount that remains highly uncertain. Shoreline erosion has been typically addressed deterministically, therefore overlooking the inherent uncertainty in the entire coastal change system, including other processes not related to sea-level changes. Computationally efficient sandy shoreline change models accounting for longshore and cross-shore sediment transport, hard structures, sources and sinks of sediment and sea-level rise have recently emerged and are under rapid development. Using the LX-Shore model that couples cross-shore and longshore processes in a reduced complexity model and dedicated statistical methods, the project aims at developing a holistic approach to hindcast and further predict coastal evolution at 3 contrasted study sites in an uncertain context. The PhD project will address the uncertainties in shoreline change, and how these uncertainties and the contribution of the responsible processes vary in time and space.

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Déborah IDIER & Bruno CASTELLE

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