Hervé Piégay, Fluvial Geomorphologist, EVS


CNRS Research Director
CNRS Silver medal 2023


Hervé Piégay, Research Director at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), got his Ph.D. in 1995 on the interactions between riparian vegetation and channel geomorphology. Since 1995 he is continuing his studies at the École normale supérieure de Lyon, Laboratory Environment, City, Society (EVS). He is a fluvial geomorphologist involved in integrated sciences for rivers, strongly interacting with hydraulic engineers, freshwater ecologists and practitioners (Water Agencies, Regions, Ministry of Ecology, French agency for biodiversity, Compagnie Nationale du Rhône, and EDF, the main French hydroelectric company). He is working on river management, planning and restoration, developing methodological frameworks and tools using GIS and remote sensing. He has contributed to more than 250 papers in peer-review journals and book chapters and has coordinated several edited books.

Awards and honours

CNRS Silver medal, 2023

David Linton Award, British Society Geomorphology, 2018

CNRS Bronze medal, 1998

Henri Milon Prize, Société hydrologique de France, 1996

Major works and publications

  • Tools in fluvial geomorphology. Kondolf M.G. and Piégay H. (Dir.) J. Wiley and Sons, 2003 (1st edition) and 2016 (2nd edition)
  • Fluvial Remote Sensing for Science and Management. Carbonneau P. (Ed.), Piégay H (co_Ed). J. Wiley and Sons, 2012c
  • Gravel-bed rivers 6 : From process understanding to river restoration. Habersack H., Piégay H., Rinaldi M. (Dir.). Developments in Earth Surface Processes Vol. 11, 2007