Contribution of Physical Modelling to Landslide Hazard Mapping: Case of the French Basque Coast

  • Marc Olivier
  • Olivier Sedan
  • Bernard MonodEmail author


In the frame of the DO-SMS project (created within the European SUDOE partnership), a new landslide hazard mapping method is experimented on the French “Pays Basque” coast. Based on a physical landslide modelling and integrated into a software named ALICE®, its aim is to propose a quantitative classification of landslide hazard by calculating a probability of occurrence of landslides on each point of the studied area. The method highlights a useful tool to gain time and efficiency in hazard mapping.


Physical modelling Probabilistic approach Landslide hazard Landslide zoning Pays Basque coast 



The authors would like to thank Christian Mathon who accepted to share is strong knowledge on the French Basque coast and who provided many useful advices all along the study. We express our gratitude to José Darrozes for both leading the DO-SMS project and reviewing this article providing very useful suggestions. We also wish to thank Sandrine Aubie for accompanying us on our first field visit on the Basque coast and Anais Hoareau for her precious help in the handling of the numerical data. Finally, the authors express their gratitude to all the partners of the DO-SMS project who showed their interest in our work and shared their point of view and experience on difficult parts of our researches.

The DO-SMS project is financially supported by the STC SUDOE through the Interreg IV B funding.

The geological model and some other numerical data on the French Basque coast were provided by the OCA organisation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SGR/MPY, BRGMToulouseFrance
  2. 2.RNSC, BRGMOrleansFrance

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