Accueil Staff Permanent staff Fabrice R. Fontaine

Fabrice R. Fontaine

Associate Professor H.D.R.

Laboratoire GéoSciences Réunion, Université de La Réunion
IPGP, Sorbonne Paris Cité, CNRS (UMR 7154)
15, Avenue René Cassin
CS 92003, 97744 Saint Denis messagerie cedex 9
La Réunion
Tel: (+262) 02 62 93 82 07

fax: (+262) 02 62 93 82 66
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Research Thematics

* Seismological monitoring of the impact of cyclones on the bedload rivers in La Réunion

* Seismic images of the lithosphere

* Characterizing swells from the seismic noise

Current Research Projects

* Rivière des Pluies project: P.I.: Dr. F.R. Fontaine. Funded by INSU, la Région Réunion, the OMNCG and supported by the University of La Réunion. Goal of the project : Seismological monitoring of the impact of cyclones on the bedload river of the Rivière des Pluies and the Rivière du Mât.

* RHUM RUM project: Réunion Hotspot Upper Mantle experiment Réunions Unterer Mantel, P.I.: Dr. G. Barruol and Dr. K. Sigloch.


Geophysics (Seismology, Geodynamics, Geomagnetism, InSAR)

Remote sensing and GPS


*Barruol G., Davy C., Fontaine F.R., Schlindwein V., Sigloch K., 2015, Monitoring austral and cyclonic swells in the "Iles Eparses" (Mozambique Channel) from microseismic noise, Acta Oecologica, doi:10.1016/j.actao.2015.10.015.

*Fontaine F.R., Barruol G., Tkalčić H., Wölbern I., Rümpker G., Bodin T., and M. Haugmard, 2015, Crustal and Uppermost Mantle structure variation beneath La Réunion hotspot track, Geophysical Journal International, 203 (1), 107-126, doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv279.

*Davy C., Stutzmann E., Barruol G., Fontaine F.R., and M. Schimmel, 2015, Sources of secondary microseisms in the Indian Ocean, Geophysical Journal International, 202, 1180-1189, doi :10.1093/gji/ggv221.

*Lamarque G., Barruol G., Fontaine F.R., Bascou J., and Ménot R.-P., 2015, Crustal and mantle structure beneath the Terre Adélie Craton: insights from receiver function and seismic anisotropy measurements, Geophysical Journal International,200, 809-823, doi :10.1093/gji/ggu430.

*Davy D., Barruol G., Fontaine F.R., Sigloch K., and E. Stutzmann, 2014, Tracking major storms from microseismic and hydroacoustic observations on the seafloor, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL062319.

*Fontaine F.R., Roult G., Michon L., Barruol G., and Di Muro A., 2014, The 2007 eruptions and caldera collapse of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano (La Réunion Island) from tilt analysis at a single very broadband seismic station, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 2803-2811, doi: 10.1002/2014GL059691.

Abstract available at:

*Fontaine F.R., Tkalčić H., and B. L. N. Kennett, 2013, Crustal complexity in the Lachlan Orogen from receiver functions, The Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 60, 413–430,

*Barruol G., Cordier E., Bascou J., Fontaine F.R., Legrésy B. and L. Lescarmontier, 2013, Tide-induced microseismicity in the Mertz glacier grounding area, East Antarctica, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2013GL057814.

*Fontaine F.R., Tkalčić H., and B. L. N. Kennett, 2013, Imaging crustal structure variation across southeastern Australia,Tectonophysics, 582, 112-125, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.09.031.

*Barruol G., and Fontaine F.R., 2013, Mantle flow beneath La Réunion hotspot track from SKS splitting, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 362, 108-121, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2012.11.017.

*Kennett B.L.N., Salmon M., Saygin E., and the AusMoho Working Group (F.R. Fontaine is a member of the group), AusMoho, 2011, The variation of Moho depth in Australia, Geophysical Journal International, doi :10.1111/j.1365-246X.2011.05194.x. -> HTML and PDF

*Barruol, G., D. Suetsugu, H. Shiobara, H. Sugioka, S. Tanaka, G. H. R. Bokelmann, F.R. Fontaine, D. Reymond, 2009 , Mapping Upper Mantle flow Beneath French Polynesia from broadband ocean bottom seismic observations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L14301, doi:10.1029/2009GL038139. -> HTML and PDF

*Fontaine F. R., Barruol G., Kennett B. L.N., Bokelmann G. H.R., and D. Reymond, 2009, Upper mantle deformation beneath Australia and Tahiti form P-wave polarization - Implication for real-time earthquake location, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B03306, doi:10.1029/2008JB005709. -> HTML and PDF

*Fontaine F. R., Neuville D. R., Ildefonse B., and D. Mainprice, 2008, Influence of melt viscosity of basaltic and andesitic composition on seismic attenuation in partially molten gabbronorite, Physics of Earth and Planetary Interiors, vol 167, 223-229, doi:10.1016/j.pepi.2008.04.010. -> HTML

*Fontaine F. R., Barruol G., Tommasi A., and Bokelmann G. H. R., 2007, Upper mantle flow beneath French Polynesia from shear-wave splitting, vol 170, 1262-1288, Geophys. J. Int, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03475.x.PDF.

*Barruol G., Reymond D., Fontaine F. R., Hyvernaud O., Maurer V., and Maamaatuaiahutapu K., 2006, Characterizing swells in the southern Pacific from seismic and infrasonic noise analyses, vol. 164, Geophysical Journal International, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2006.02871.x. PDF.

*Fontaine F. R., Hooft E. E. E., Burkett P. G., Toomey D. R., Solomon S. C., and Silver P. G., 2005, Shear-wave splitting beneath the Galápagos archipelago, vol 32, L21308, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2005GL024014. PDF.

*Fontaine F. R., Ildefonse B., and Bagdassarov N. S., 2005, Temperature dependence of shear wave attenuation in partially molten gabbronorite at seismic frequencies, vol 163, Geophysical Journal International, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2005.02767.x. PDF.

*Bagdassarov N. S., Maumus J., Fontaine F., Schmeling H., and Ildefonse B., 2003, Physikalische Eigenschaften teilgeschmolzener Gesteine an der mittelozeanischen Spreizungsachse, Mitteilungen der Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft, No 3, p. 2-16.

*Barruol G., Bosch D., Clouard V., Debayle E., Doin M.P., Fontaine F., Godard M., Masson F., Tommasi A., and Thoraval C., and D. Reymond, 2002, Polynesian Lithosphere and Upper Mantle Experiment (PLUME): The South Pacific Superswell Under Investigation, Eos Trans. AGU, vol 83, No 45, November 5, 511-514.


Webpage of Brian Kennett

Webpage of Malcolm Sambridge

Webpage of Hrvoje Tkalcic

Webpage of Guilhem Barruol

Webpage of Benoit Ildefonse