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Profil de Dominique CHARDON

CHARDON Dominique

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Téléphone / phone: 226 64 98 07 40 (Burkina Faso)

Bureau / office : 420

Institution : IRD

Statut / status: Chercheur

Adresse professionnelle / address:

688 Avenue Joseph Ki-Zerbo
01 BP 182 Ouagadougou 01
Burkina Faso

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Senior Research Scientist, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement


Research interests:

- Dynamics of mature (hot) orogens: Archean to Variscan

- Surface dynamics of shieds: Source-to-Sink, Resources, & Divergent margins


MethodsStructural geology & Tectonics, Geomorphology, Basin analysis.


Field areas: Africa, India, Southwestern Europe


Professional experience: 

Since 2013. Senior Research Scientist, IRD

2007-2013. Professor, Toulouse University

2004-2007. Associate research scientist, IRD, New Caledonia

1998-2004. Assistant professor, Marseille University

1997-1998. Research associate, Princeton University

1994-1996. Ph. D., Rennes University


Current collaborations: D. Rouby, J.L. Grimaud, F. Bajolet, D. Huyghe, J. Ye, A. Robert (GET), A. Beauvais (CEREGE), O. Bamba, M. Miningou (Univ Ouagadougou), M. Jayananda (univ Hyderabad).

- Sediment routing system: from landform & regolith production to passive margin sedimentation




- Sediment transfers and long-wavelength lithospheric deformation

 Chardon et al., G-Cubed, 2016


- Incision dynamics of cratonic river systems



Long Niger



- Landform evolution, regolith dynamics & mineral exploration





Current collaborations: Y. Denèle, M. Aretz, E. Nardin, F. Bajolet, B. Cochelin (GET), C. Gumiaux (Univ Orléans), B. Le Bayon (BRGM), Séta Naba (Univ. Ouagadougou), B. Brahmi (Univ. Alger), K. Traoré (Univ. Bamako), J. Martinod (Univ. Savoie), M. Jayananda (Univ Hyderabad).


- Flow of ultra-hot orogens and typology of orogens through Earth history




- 3D flow of high plateaux




- Late orogenic strain partitioning and basin evolution in the Variscan belt of Southwestern Europe


Main/Recent publications

ORCID Profile

SUBMITTED: Chardon, D., Grimaud, J.L., Beauvais A., Bamba, O., 2017. West African lateritic pediments: landform-regolith evolution processes and mineral exploration pitfalls. Earth-Science Reviews.

SUBMITTED: Cochelin, B., Chardon, D., Denèle, Y., Gumiaux, C., Le Bayon, B., 2017. Vertical strain partitioning in hot Variscan crust: Syn-convergence escape of the Pyrenees in the Iberian-Armorican syntax. BSGF - Earth Science Bulletin.

Grimaud, J.L., D. Rouby, D. Chardon & A. Beauvais, 2017. Cenozoic sediment budget of West Africa and the Niger delta. Basin Research,  doi:10.1111/bre.12248.

Denèle, Y., D. Roques, J. Ganne, D. Chardon, S. Rousse & P. Barbey, 2017. Strike-slip metamorphic core complexes: Gneiss domes emplaced in releasing bends. Geology 45, 903-906. doi:10.1130/G39065.1.

Ye, J., D. Chardon, D. Rouby, F. Guillocheau, M. Dall’asta, J.N. Ferry & O. Broucke, 2017. Paleogeographic and structural evolution of northwestern Africa and its Atlantic margins since the early Mesozoic. Geosphere, 13(4), 1254-1284, doi:10.1130/GES01426.1. OPEN ACCESS

Bonnet, N.J., A. Beauvais, N. Arnaud, D. Chardon, M. Jayananda, 2016. Cenozoic lateritic weathering and erosion history of Peninsular India from 40Ar/39Ar dating of supergene K-Mn oxides. Chemical Geology, 446, 33-53.

Chardon, D., J.L. Grimaud, D. Rouby, A. Beauvais & F. Christophoul, 2016. Stabilization of large drainage basins over geological timescales: Cenozoic West Africa, hot spot swell growth and the Niger River. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 17, 1164-1181.

Beauvais, A., N.J. Bonnet, D. Chardon, N. Arnaud, M. Jayananda, 2016. Very long term stability of passive margin escarpment constrained by 40Ar/39Ar dating of K-Mn oxides. Geology, 44, 299-302.

Bajolet, F., D. Chardon, J. Martinod, D. Gapais & J.-J. Kermarrec, 2015. Syn-convergence flow inside and at the margin of orogenic plateaus: lithospheric-scale experimental approach. Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth, 120, 6634-6657.

Jayananda, M., D. Chardon, J.-J. Peucat, Tushipokla, & C.M. Fanning, 2015. Paleo- to Mesoarchean TTG accretion and continental growth in the western Dharwar craton, Southern India: constraints from SHRIMP U–Pb zircon geochronology, whole-rock geochemistry and Nd–Sr isotopes. Precambrian Research, 268, 295-322.

Grimaud, J.L., D. Chardon, V. Metelka, A. Beauvais & O. Bamba, 2015. Neogene cratonic erosion fluxes and landform evolution processes from regional regolith mapping (Burkina Faso, West Africa). Geomorphology, 241, 315-330.

Grimaud, J.L., D. Chardon & A. Beauvais, 2014. Very long-term incision dynamics of big rivers. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 405, 74-84.

Bonnet, N.J., A. Beauvais, N. Arnaud, D. Chardon & M. Jayananda, 2014. First 40Ar/39Ar dating of intense Late Palaeogene lateritic weathering in Peninsular India. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 386, 126-137.

Beauvais, A. & D. Chardon, 2013. Modes, tempo and spatial variability of Cenozoic cratonic denudation: the West African example. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14, 1590–1608.

Jayananda, M., J.-J. Peucat, D. Chardon, B. Krishna Rao, C.M. Fanning & F. Corfu, 2013. Neoarchean greenstone volcanism and continental growth, Dharwar craton, south India: Constraints from zircon U-Pb geochronology and Nd isotopes. Precambrian Research, 227, 55-76.

Peucat, J.-J., M. Jayananda, D. Chardon, R. Capdevila, C. M. Fanning & J.-L. Paquette, 2013. The lower crust of the Dharwar Craton, south India: patchwork of Archean granulitic domains.Precambrian Research, 227,4-28.

Saïd, A., P. Baby, D. Chardon & J. Ouali, 2011. Structure, paleogeographic inheritance and deformation history of the southern Atlas foreland fold and thrust belt of Tunisia,Tectonics, 30, article number TC6004, doi:10.1029/2011TC002862.

Saïd, A, D. Chardon, P. Baby & J. Ouali, 2011. Active oblique ramp faulting in the Southern Tunisian Atlas.Tectonophysics, 499, 178-189.

Chardon D., M. Jayananda & J.-J. Peucat, 2011. Lateral constrictional flow of hot orogenic crust: Insights from the Neoarchean of South India, geological and geophysical implications for orogenic plateaux. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 12, article number Q02005, doi:10.1029/2010GC003398.

Wolf, D.E., C.L. Andronicos, J.D. Vervoort, M.R. Mansfield &D. Chardon, 2010. Application of Lu-Hf garnet dating to unravel the relationships between deformation, metamorphism and plutonism: An example from the Prince Rupert area, British Columbia. Tectonophysics, 485, 62-77.

Chardon, D., D. Gapais & F. Cagnard, 2009. Flow of ultra-hot orogens: A view from the Precambrian, clues for the Phanerozoic. Tectonophysics, 477, 105-118.

Chardon D., P. Rey, C. Teyssier & D. Whitney, 2009. Hot orogens. Tectonophysics, 477, 103-104.

Authemayou, C., O. Bellier, D. Chardon, L. Benedetti, Z. Malekzadeh, C. Claude, B. Angiletti, E. Shabanian & M.R. Abbassi, 2009. Quaternary slip rates of the Kazerun and the Main Recent Faults: active strike-slip partitioning in the Zagros fold and thrust belt.  Geophysical Journal International, 178, 524-540.

Chardon, D., M. Jayananda, T.R.K. Chetty & J.-J. Peucat, 2008. Precambrian continental strain and shear zone patterns: South Indian Case. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 113, article number B08402, doi:10.1029/2007JB005299.

Chardon, D.& M. Jayananda, 2008. Three-dimensional field perspective on deformation, flow, and growth of the lower continental crust (Dharwar craton, India). Tectonics, 27, article number TC1014, doi:10.1029/2007TC002120.

Chardon, D., J.A. Austin, G. Cabioch, B. Pelletier, S. Saustrup & F. Sage, 2008. Neogene history of the Northeastern New Caledonia continental margin from multichannel reflection seismic profiles. Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 340, 68-73.

Nguyen, F., S. Garambois,D. Chardon, D. Hermitte & O. Bellier, 2007. Subsurface imaging of anisotropic formations affected by a slow active reverse fault, Provence, France. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 62, 338-353.

Chardon,D.,V. Chevillotte, A. Beauvais, G. Grandin, & B. Boulangé, 2006. Planation, bauxites and epeirogeny: one or two paleosurfaces on the West African margin? Geomorphology, 32, 273-282.

Chevillotte, V., D. Chardon, A. Beauvais, P. Maurizot & F. Colin, 2006. Long-term tropical morphogenesis of New Caledonia (Southwest Pacific): importance of positive epeirogeny and climate change. Geomorphology, 31, 361-375.

Jayananda, M., D. Chardon, J.-J. Peucat & R. Capdevila, 2006. 2.61 Ga potassic granites and crustal reworking in the Western Dharwar craton (India): tectonic, geochronologic and geochemical constraints. Precambrian Research, 150, 1-26.

Chardon, D.& V. Chevillotte, 2006. Morphotectonic evolution of the New Caledonia ridge (Pacific Southwest) from post-obduction tectonosedimentary record. Tectonophysics, 420, 473-491.

Authemayou, C., D. Chardon, O. Bellier, Z. Malekzade, E. Shabanian & M. Abbassi, 2006. Late Cenozoic partitioning of oblique plate convergence in the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt (Iran). Tectonics, 25, article number TC3002, doi: 10.1029/2005TC001860.

Chardon, D., D. Hermitte, F. Nguyen & O. Bellier, 2005. First paleoseismological contraints on the strongest earthquake in France (Provence) in the 20th century. Geology, 33, 901-904.

Braucher, R., L. Benedetti, D.L. Bourlès, E.T. Brown & D. Chardon, 2005. Use of in situ-produced 10Be in carbonate-rich environments: a first attempt. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 69, 1473-1478.

Authemayou, C., O. Bellier, D. Chardon, Z. Malekzade & M. Abassi, 2005. Role of the Kazerun fault system in active deformation of the Zagros fold-and-thrust belt (Iran). Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 337, 539-545.

Chardon, D., O. Bellier & D. Hermitte, 2005. Réponse au commentaire de M. Mattauer à l'article : Cadre géologique du séisme de Lambesc du 11 juin 1909 (Provence, France). Bulletin de la Société géologique de France, 176, 122-123.

Guignard, P., O. Bellier & D. Chardon, 2005. Géométrie et cinématique post-oligocène des Failles d’Aix et de la Moyenne Durance (Provence, France). Comptes Rendus Géoscience, 337, 375-384.

Chardon, D. & O. Bellier, 2003. Geological boundary conditions of the 1909 Lambesc (Provence, France) earthquake: structure and evolution of the Trévaresse ridge anticline. Bulletin de la Société géologique de France, 174, 497-510.

Andronicos, C.,D.H. Chardon, L. S. Hollister, G. Gehrels & G. Woodsworth, 2003. Strain partitioning in an obliquely convergent orogen, plutonism, and synorogenic collapse: the Coast Mountains Batholith, British Columbia, Canada. Tectonics, 22 (2), article number 1012, doi: 1029/2001TC001312.

Chardon, D., 2003. Strain partitioning and batholith emplacement at the root of a transpressive magmatic arc. Journal of structural Geology, 25, 91-107.

Chardon, D., J.-J. Peucat, M. Jayananda, P. Choukroune, & C.M. Fanning, 2002. Archean granite-greenstone tectonics at Kolar (South India): interplay of diapirism and bulk inhomogenous shortening during juvenile magmatic accretion. Tectonics, 21 (3), article number 1016, doi: 10.1029/2001TC901032.

Andronicos, C.L., L.S. Hollister, C. Davidson &D. Chardon, 1999. Kinematics and tectonic significance of transpressive structures within the Central Gneiss Complex, British Columbia. Journal of Structural Geology, 21, 240-253.

Chardon, D., Andronicos, C.L. & L.S. Hollister, 1999. Large-scale transpressive shear zone patterns and displacements within magmatic arcs: the Coast Plutonic Complex, British Columbia. Tectonics, 18,278-292.

Chardon, D., P. Choukroune, & M. Jayananda, 1998. Sinking of the Dharwar basin (South India): implication for Archaean tectonics. Precambrian Research, 91, 15-39.

Choukroune, P., J.N.  Ludden, D. Chardon, A. Calvert & H. Bouhallier, 1997. Archaean crustal growth and tectonic processes: a comparison between the Superior province, Canada and the Dharwar craton, India. Geological Society Special Publications, 121, 63-98.

Chardon, D, P. Choukroune & M. Jayananda, 1996. Strain patterns, décollement and incipient sagducted greenstone terrains in South India. Journal of Structural Geology, 18, 991-1004.

Bouhallier, H., D. Chardon, & P. Choukroune, 1995. Strain patterns in Archaean dome-and-basin structures: the Dharwar craton (South India). Earth and Planetary Science Letter, 135, 57-75.


FasoReg :Dynamique des Couvertures Latéritiques du Burkina Faso



TS2P: Transform Source-to-Sink Project (2014-2016)

Onshore-offshore evolution of West Africa since the Early Mesozoic



DAP: Distortion of the African Plate (2014-2017)

Flexural deformation of the African plate in response to

sediment transfers and mantle dynamics



WAXI 3: West African eXploration Initiative (2013-2017)

Module 4.1. Regolith mapping and landscape evolution




Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research, project #5007-A:

Long-term continental surface dynamics of South India (2014-2016). PI: A. Beauvais, CEREGE.




RGF: Référentiel Géologique de la France, projet Pyrénées (2014-2016)

Structure, strain field and kinematics of the Variscan crust of the Pyrénées (B. Cochelin Ph D project).



Reappraisal of Variscan Nappe Tectonics and Syn-Orogenic Sedimentation in the Southern French Massif Central

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