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Christophe Rabouille

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Research activity

Researcher, Director of Research

Research interests

Aquatic biogeochemistry, early diagenesis of sediments, river-sea interface, biogeochemistry in coastal seas, in situ measurements using microsensors, diaganetic modelling 



International experience

Professionnal activities

Member of the RiOMar group (RiOMar Conference, 2004); member of SCOR (; reviewer of scientific journals such as L&O, ECSS, Biogeosciences, GCA, DSR, CSR

Ongoing programmes

Congolobe:  Organic carbon transfer and ecosystem functioning in the terminal lobes of the Congo Deep-sea fan (

COCOA: Nutrient Cocktail in the Coastal Zone of the Baltic Sea

OXIVEN: oxygen regulation in Venice lagoon: the role of sediments

Selected publications

Rassmann, J., Lansard, B., Pozzato, L. and Rabouille, C. (2016) Carbonate chemistry in sediment pore waters of the Rhône River delta driven by early diagenesis (NW Mediterranean). Biogeosc. 13, 5379–5394.

Cathalot, C., Rabouille, C., Sauter, E., Schewe, I. and Soltwedel, T. (2015) Benthic oxygen uptake in the Arctic Ocean margins -  A case study at the deep-sea observatory HAUSGARTEN (Fram Strait). PlosOne DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0138339.

Levin, L.A., Liu, K.K., Emeis, C., Breitburg, D.L., Cloern, J., Deutsch, C., Giani, M., Goffart, A., Hofmann, E.E., Lachkar, Z., Limburg, K., Liu, S.M., Montes, E., Naqvi, W., Ragueneau, O., Rabouille, C., Sarkar, S.K., Swaney, D.P., Wassman, P. and Wishner, K.F. (2015) Comparative biogeochemistry-ecosystem-human interactions on dynamic continental margins. J. Mar. Sys. 141, 3-17.

Toussaint, F., Rabouille, C., Cathalot, C., Bombled, B., Abchiche, A., Aouji, O., Buchholzt, G., Clemençon, A., Geyskens, N., Répécaud, M., Pairaud, I., Verney, R. and Tisnérat-Laborde, N. (2014) A new device to follow temporal variations of oxygen demand in deltaic sediments: the LSCE benthic station. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods 12, 729-741.

Cathalot, C., Rabouille, C., Tisnerat-Laborde, N., Toussaint, F., Kerherve, P., Buscail, R., Loftis, K., Sun, M.Y., Tronczynski, J., Azoury, S., Lansard, B., Treignier, C., Pastor, L. and Tesi, T. (2013) The fate of river organic carbon in coastal areas: A study in the Rhone River delta using multiple isotopic (delta C-13, Delta C-14) and organic tracers. Geochimica Et Cosmochimica Acta 118, 33-55.

Cathalot, C., Lansard, B., Hall, P.O.J., Tengberg, A., Almroth-Rosell, E., Apler, A., Calder, L., Bell, E. and Rabouille, C. (2012) Spatial and Temporal Variability of Benthic Respiration in a Scottish Sea Loch Impacted by Fish Farming: A Combination of In Situ Techniques. Aquatic Geochemistry 18, 515-541.

Mermex group, de Madron, X.D., Guieu, C., Sempere, R., Conan, P., Cossa, D., D'Ortenzio, F., Estournel, C., Gazeau, F., Rabouille, C., Stemmann, L., Bonnet, S., Diaz, F., Koubbi, P., Radakovitch, O., Babin, M., Baklouti, M., Bancon-Montigny, C., Belviso, S., Bensoussan, N., Bonsang, B., Bouloubassi, I., Brunet, C., Cadiou, J.F., Carlotti, F., Chami, M., Charmasson, S., Charriere, B., Dachs, J., Doxaran, D., Dutay, J.C., Elbaz-Poulichet, F., Eleaume, M., Eyrolles, F., Fernandez, C., Fowler, S., Francour, P., Gaertner, J.C., Galzin, R., Gasparini, S., Ghiglione, J.F., Gonzalez, J.L., Goyet, C., Guidi, L., Guizien, K., Heimbuerger, L.E., Jacquet, S.H.M., Jeffrey, W.H., Joux, F., Le Hir, P., Leblanc, K., Lefevre, D., Lejeusne, C., Leme, R., Loye-Pilot, M.D., Mallet, M., Mejanelle, L., Melin, F., Mellon, C., Merigot, B., Merle, P.L., Migon, C., Miller, W.L., Mortier, L., Mostajir, B., Mousseau, L., Moutin, T., Para, J., Perez, T., Petrenko, A., Poggiale, J.C., Prieur, L., Pujo-Pay, M., Pulido, V., Raimbault, P., Rees, A.P., Ridame, C., Rontani, J.F., Pino, D.R., Sicre, M.A., Taillandier, V., Tamburini, C., Tanaka, T., Taupier-Letage, I., Tedetti, M., Testor, P., Thebault, H., Thouvenin, B., Touratier, F., Tronczynski, J., Ulses, C., Van Wambeke, F., Vantrepotte, V., Vaz, S. and Verney, R. (2011) Marine ecosystems' responses to climatic and anthropogenic forcings in the Mediterranean. Progress in Oceanography 91, 97-166.

Pastor, L., Cathalot, C., Deflandre, B., Viollier, E., Soetaert, K., Meysman, F.J.R., Ulses, C., Metzger, E. and Rabouille, C. (2011) Modeling biogeochemical processes in sediments from the Rhone River prodelta area (NW Mediterranean Sea). Biogeosciences 8, 1351-1366.

Cathalot, C., Rabouille, C., Pastor, L., Deflandre, B., Viollier, E., Buscail, R., Gremare, A., Treignier, C. and Pruski, A. (2010) Temporal variability of carbon recycling in coastal sediments influenced by rivers: assessing the impact of flood inputs in the Rhone River prodelta. Biogeosciences 7, 1187-1205.

Lansard, B., Rabouille, C., Denis, L. and Grenz, C. (2009) Benthic remineralization at the land-ocean interface: A case study of the Rhone River (NW Mediterranean Sea). Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 81, 544-554.

Rabouille, C., Caprais, J.C., Lansard, B., Crassous, P., Dedieu, K., Reyss, J.L. and Khripounoff, A. (2009) Organic matter budget in the Southeast Atlantic continental margin close to the Congo Canyon: In situ measurements of sediment oxygen consumption. Deep-Sea Research Part Ii-Topical Studies in Oceanography 56, 2223-2238.

Rabouille, C., Conley, D.J., Dai, M.H., Cai, W.J., Chen, C.T.A., Lansard, B., Green, R., Yin, K., Harrison, P.J., Dagg, M. and McKee, B. (2008) Comparison of hypoxia among four river-dominated ocean margins: The Changjiang (Yangtze), Mississippi, Pearl, and Rhone rivers. Continental Shelf Research 28, 1527-1537.

Dedieu, K., Rabouille, C., Gilbert, F., Soetaert, K., Metzger, E., Simonucci, C., Jezequel, D., Prevot, F., Anschutz, P., Hulth, S., Ogier, S., Mesnage, V., 2007. Coupling of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen cycles in sediments from a Mediterranean lagoon: a seasonal perspective. Mar. Ecol. prog. Series 346, 45-59.

Dedieu, K., Rabouille, C., Thouzeau, G., Jean, F., Chauvaud, L., Clavier, J., Mesnage, V., Ogier, S., 2007. Benthic O2 distribution and dynamics in a Mediterranen lagoon (Thau, France): An in-situ microelectrode study. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 72, 393-405.

Khalil, K., Rabouille, C., Gallinari, M., Soetaert, K., DeMaster, D.J., Ragueneau, O., 2007. Constraining biogenic silica dissolution in marine sediments: a comparison between diagenetic models and experimental dissolution rates. Mar. Chem. 106, 223-238.

Rabouille, C., Amouroux, D., Anschutz, P., Gilbert, F., Jouanneau, J.-M., Cossa, D., Prevot, F., 2007. Biogeochemical and contaminant cycling in sediments from a human-impacted coastal lagoon - introduction and summary. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 72, 387-392.

Rabouille, C., Denis, L., Dedieu, K., Stora, G., Lansard, B., Grenz, C., 2003. Oxygen demand in coastal marine sediments: comparing in situ microelectrodes and laboratory core incubations. J. Exper. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 285/286, 49-69.

Rabouille, C., Tisnerat, N., Blamart, D., 2002. D14C of the organic matter in sediments from the Antarctic Polar Front: origin and dynamics of the organic pool in the deep-sea. Deep-Sea Res. (II) 49, 1953-1961.

Rabouille, C., Stahl, H., Bassinot, F., Hall, P., Tengberg, A., Brunnegard, J., Kariakoulakis, K., Reyss, J.-L., Dezileau, L., Crassous, P., Roos, P., Lampitt, R., 2001. Imbalance in the carbonate budget of surficial sediments in the North Atlantic Ocean: millenium time scale variation? Progr. Oceanogr. 50, 201-221.

Rabouille, C., Witbaard, R., Duineveld, G., 2001. Annual and interannual variability of sedimentary recycling in the North Atlantic Ocean (BENGAL site) studied with a non-steady-state model. Progr. Oceanogr. 50, 147-170.

Rabouille, C., Gaillard, J.-F., Relexans, J.-C., Treguer, P., Vincendeau, M.-A., 1998. Recycling of organic matter in Antarctic sediments: A transect through the Polar front in the Southern Ocean (Indian Sector). Limnol. Oceanogr. 43, 420-432.

Rabouille, C.,Gaillard, J.-F., 1991. A model representing the deep-sea organic carbon mineralization and oxygen consumption in surficial sediments. Journal of Geophysical Research 96, 2761-2776.

Rabouille, C.,Gaillard, J.-F., 1991. Towards the EDGE: Early Diagenetic Global Explanation. A model depicting the early diagenesis of organic matter, O2, NO3, Mn, and PO4. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 55, 2511-2525.


2010-2016: Master of oceanography, at UPMC-Paris. 8 hours/yr on early diagenesis from the data to models.

2004-2010: Master of Physics in the environment, University of Versailles (UVSQ). 20 hours/yr on chemical microsensors in the aquatic environment.

1995-2003: Master of Oceanography, University of Aix-Marseille. 20 hours/yr on biogeochemical transformations and transfers at the sediment-water interface including modelling.


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