Le Corvec Nicolas


Post-Doctorant, UCA-CLERVOLC
Équipe de Volcanologie
post-doc modélisation numérique
Bureau: 1.74 - LMV Cezeaux
Courriel : Nicolas.LE_CORVEC@uca.fr

My research focuses on the investigation of volcano-tectonic relationships in different type of volcanism, such as monogenetic basaltic volcanic fields, stratovolcanoes and basaltic shield volcanoes. I’m particularly interested in analyzing the interaction between magmatic activity and structural deformation occurring at these volcanic systems. My research uses a multifaceted approach to study volcanic and tectonic processes. I develop numerical and analogue models, informed by fieldwork campaigns to remote sensing analyses, to constrain the physical and structural mechanisms driving both volcanic and tectonic systems.
  • Thèmes de Recherche au LMV:

    Volcano observatories monitor volcanoes for signals that might indicate a forthcoming eruption. However, this requires accurate knowledge of the subsurface processes causing the signals observed and recorded at the surface. Ground-surface displacement measurements are a common volcano-monitoring tool, but the links between surface displacements and eruption remain enigmatic, and the ability to distinguish signals that will precede an eruption from those which will not is lacking. Much progress has been made in the interpretation of volcanic geodetic signals over the last decade.

    The use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) allows for more realistic models that incorporate viscoelastic effects, which in turn strongly influence whether a magma reservoir tends towards eruption or continued magma storage, through viscous accommodation of the growing reservoir in the host-rock. To date models have relied on steady-state temperature distributions to assign the viscosity distribution within the crust a priori. In reality, the subsurface temperature distribution is a function of the crust intrusive history, hence of both time and space. Consequently, the mechanical properties of the host-rock will also be altered, and this will have important impacts on the eruption or storage potential of a magma reservoir as well as the spatial and temporal distribution of associated surface deformation.

    Under the supervision of Thierry Menand, Valérie Cayol and Jean-Luc Froger, the goal of the project is a model framework that accounts for time-dependent thermal and mechanical properties resulting from repeated magmatic intrusions. This will allow for better quantification of the links between magma supply, surface displacements and eruption potential, and improved constraints on geodetic eruption precursors.

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  • Publications au LMV:

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    Rang B et C :
    • Grosfils E. B., McGovern P. J., Le Corvec N., Ernst R. E., Galgana G. A. (2017). The Morphological Characteristics and Mechanical Formation of Giant Radial Dike Swarms on Venus: An Overview Emphasizing Recent Numerical Modeling Insights. AGU 2018, V33I-02, Invited Oral Presentation.
    • Grosfils E., McGovern P. J., Le Corvec N., Galgana G., Hurwitz D., Chestler S. (2017). Revisiting the mechanics of radial dike swarm formation: Some limitations of past approaches and an overview of new insights derived from recent numerical models. IAVCEI 2017, MT11A-7. Oral Presentation.
    • Le Corvec N. (2017). Effects of mechanical, rheological and tectonic controls on the formation of giant radial dike systems on Venus: Insights from finite element modeling. Le Laboratoire Géoazur, Valbonne, France, April 2017.
    • Le Corvec N. (2017). Structural controls on magma diversion and reorientation within the lithosphere. ISTerre: Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Le Bourget-du-Lac, France, November 2017.
    • Le Corvec N. (2017). Volcanic systems on Earth, Mars and Venus: magma reservoir stability, magmas propagation and deformation of volcanic edifices. Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique, Nantes, France, November 2017.
    • Le Corvec N., Menand T., Cayol V., Froger J. (2017). Incremental growth of magma reservoirs: Insights on the room problem through the use of finite element models. IAVCEI 2017, ME13B-076. Poster Presentation.
    • Le Corvec N., Menand T., Cayol V., Froger J. (2017). Incremental growth of magma reservoirs: Insights on the room problem through the use of finite element models. MDIS-Form@ter 2017 – Mesure de la Deformation par Imagerie Satellite, 166099. Poster Presentation.
    • Le Corvec N., Menand T., Froger J., Cayol V. (2017). Incremental growth of magma reservoirs: Insights on the room problem through the use of finite element models. IAVCEI Scientific Assembly, Portland, Oregon, USA, August 2017.
    • Le Corvec N., Menand T., Froger J., Cayol V. (2017). Incremental growth of magma reservoirs: Insights on the room problem through the use of finite element models. MDIS-Form@ter Workshop, Besse en Chandesse, Octobre 2017.
    • Le Corvec N., Muirhead J. D., White J. D. L. (2017). Shallow magma diversions during explosive maar-diatreme eruptions in mafic volcanic fields. AGU 2017, V23C-0489. Invited Poster Presentation.
    • Muirhead J. D., Van Eaton A., Le Corvec N., Re G., White J., Ort M. (2017). The architecture and development of shallow monogenetic feeder systems: perspectives from extinct volcanic fields. IAVCEI 2017, PE12A-6. Oral Presentation.


    Rang A :
    10. Mazzarini, Francesco, Nicolas Le Corvec, Ilaria Isola, et Massimiliano Favalli. « Volcanic field elongation, vent distribution, and tectonic evolution of a continental rift: The Main Ethiopian Rift example ». Geosphere, 7 avril 2016. doi:10.1130/GES01193.1.
    9. Muirhead, James D., Simon A. Kattenhorn, et Nicolas Le Corvec. « Varying styles of magmatic strain accommodation across the East African Rift ». Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 16, no 8 (2015): 2775‑95. doi:10.1002/2015gc005918.
    8. Le Corvec, Nicolas, Patrick J. McGovern, Eric B. Grosfils, et Gerald Galgana. « Effects of crustal-scale mechanical layering on magma chamber failure and magma propagation within the Venusian lithosphere ». Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 120, no 7 (2015): 2015JE004814. doi:10.1002/2015je004814.
    7. Le Corvec, Nicolas, Thomas R. Walter, Joel Ruch, Alessandro Bonforte, et Giuseppe Puglisi. « Experimental study of the interplay between magmatic rift intrusion and flank instability with application to the 2001 Mount Etna eruption ». Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 119, no 7 (2014): 2014JB011224. doi:10.1002/2014jb011224.
    6. Le Corvec, Nicolas, Mark S. Bebbington, Jan M. Lindsay, et Lucy E. McGee. « Age, distance, and geochemical evolution within a monogenetic volcanic field: Analyzing patterns in the Auckland Volcanic Field eruption sequence ». Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 14, no 9 (2013): 3648‑65. doi:10.1002/ggge.20223.
    5. Le Corvec, Nicolas, Thierry Menand, et Jan Lindsay. « Interaction of ascending magma with pre-existing crustal fractures in monogenetic basaltic volcanism: an experimental approach ». Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 118, no 3 (2013): 968‑84. doi:10.1002/jgrb.50142.
    4. Le Corvec, Nicolas, K. Bernhard Spörli, Julie Rowland, et Jan Lindsay. « Spatial distribution and alignments of volcanic centers: Clues to the formation of monogenetic volcanic fields ». Earth-Science Reviews 124, no 0 (2013): 96‑114. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2013.05.005.
    3. Germa, Aurélie, Laura J Connor, Edgardo Cañon-Tapia, et Nicolas Le Corvec. « Tectonic and magmatic controls on the location of post-subduction monogenetic volcanoes in Baja California, Mexico, revealed through spatial analysis of eruptive vents ». Bulletin of Volcanology 75, no 12 (2013): 1‑14. doi:10.1007/s00445-013-0782-6.
    2. Guilbaud, Marie-Noëlle, Claus Siebe, Paul Layer, Sergio Salinas, Renato Castro-Govea, Victor Hugo Garduño-Monroy, et Nicolas Le Corvec. « Geology, geochronology, and tectonic setting of the Jorullo Volcano region, Michoacán, México ». Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 201, no 1‑4 (2011): 97‑112. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2010.09.005.
    1. Le Corvec, Nicolas, et Thomas R. Walter. « Volcano spreading and fault interaction influenced by rift zone intrusions: Insights from analogue experiments analyzed with digital image correlation technique ». Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 183, no 3‑4 (2009): 170‑82. doi:10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2009.02.006.
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