Michel Lang

Senior hydrologist

Skill area


PhD supervision

  • S. Mousavi (Univ. J. Fourier, Grenoble) on « bivariate distributions in hydrology » : 1994-1997 (co-supervision with G. Oberlin, Cemagref)
  • R. Naulet (Univ. J. Fourier, Grenoble) on « use of historical flood information for flood frequency analysis » : 1997-2001 (co-supervision with G. Oberlin, Cemagref ; T. Ouarda, INRS-Eau Québec)
  • S. Le Clerc (Univ. J. Fourier, Grenoble) on « Design hydrological scenario for flood risk studies » : 2001-2004 (cco-supervision with P. Bois, Cnrs/Lthe Grenoble)
  • B. Renard (Univ. J. Fourier, Grenoble), on « Trend detections within French series on low flows and floods» : 2003-2006 (co-supervision with P. Bois, Cnrs/Lthe Grenoble).  Henri Milon award 2007 (French Hydrotechnic Society)
  • A. Muller (Univ. Montpellier II), on « Asymptotic distribution of extreme rainfall in  France» : 2003-2006 (co-supervision with J.N. Bacro, Univ. Montpellier II)
  • A. Ben Daoud (Univ. Grenoble), on «Probabilistic rainfall forecasting » : 2006-2010 (co-supervision with E. Sauquet, Irstea ; G. Bontron, CNR ; C. Obled, Cnrs/Lthe Grenoble). Henri Milon award 2011 (French Hydrotechnic Society)
  • F. Garavaglia (Univ. Grenoble), on « SCHADEX method for extrem design floods»  : 2008-2011 (co-supervision with E. Paquet, EDF/DTG Grenoble). Henri Milon award 2012  (French Hydrotechnic Society)
  • C. Catalogne (Univ. Grenoble), on « Low flow frequency analysis at ungauged sites or sites with shorts time series»  : 2009-2012 (co-supervision with E. Sauquet, Irstea)
  • X. Sun (Univ. Grenoble), on « Quantification of rainfall hazard and related uncertainties at regional scale»: 2010-2013 (co-supervision with B. Renard, Irstea; M. Thyer, Univ. Adelaïde, Australie)
  • D. Penot (Univ. Grenoble), on « SCHADEX method at ungauged sites »  : 2011-2014 (co-supervision with E. Paquet, EDF/DTG Grenoble).
  • M. Boudou (Univ. Montpellier 3), on  « Main catastrophic flood events in France during the XXth century »  : 2012-2015 (co-supervision with F. Vinet, Univ. Montpellier ; D. Cœur, Acthys-Diffusion Grenoble).
  • V. Mansanarez (Univ. Grenoble), on « Bayesian analysis of rating curves in a non-stationary context »  : 2013-2016 (co-supervision with B. Renard et J. Le Coz, Irstea).

Ongoing and past projects

Coordination of research projects:

  •  Historisque-Ardèche Project (1998-99) on « Use of historical flood information on Ardeche river for flood frequency analysis »
  • National Hydrological Project PNRH (2001-04) on "Trend detection on French rivers" (5 partenaires)
  • ExtraFlo Project (2009-2012) on « Comparaison of extreme rainfall and flood estimation methods »  http://extraflo.irstea.fr/
  • National Data Base on Historical Floods BDHI (since 2010) on « Use of historical flood information for the Flood Directive »


Scientific papers

BARD, A., RENARD, B., LANG, M. - 2012. Floods in the Alpine areas of Europe. Changes in Flood risk in Europe, Ed. By Z.K. Kundzewicz, IAHS Special , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUBlication 10, CRC Press, p. 362-371 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00035442

BARRIENDOS, M., COEUR, D., LANG, M., LLASAT, M.C., NAULET, R., LEMAITRE, F., BARRERA, A. - 2003. Stationarity analysis of historical flood series in France and Spain (14th-20th centuries)  . Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, vol. 3, n° 6, p. 583-592 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00013911

BEN DAOUD, A., SAUQUET, E., LANG, M., BONTRON, G., OBLED, C. - 2011. Precipitation forecasting through an analog sorting technique: a comparative study. Advances in Geosciences, vol. 29, p. 103-107 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00031477

BEN DAOUD, A., SAUQUET, E., LANG, M., OBLED, C., BONTRON, G. - 2009. Comparison of 850-hPa relative humidity between ERA-40 and NCEP/NCAR re-analyses: detection of suspicious data in ERA-40. Atmospheric Science Letters, vol. 10, n° 1, p. 43-47 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00026017

BENITO, G., LANG, M., BARRIENDOS, M., LLASAT, M.C., FRANCES, F., OUARDA, T.B., THORNDYCRAFT, V., ENZEL, Y., BARDOSSY, A., COEUR, D., BOBEE, B. - 2004. Use of Systematic, Palaeoflood and Historical data for the improvement of flood risk estimation. Review of scientific methods. Natural Hazards, vol. 31, n° 3, p. 623-643 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00015047

BERNARDARA, P., LANG, M., SAUQUET, E., SCHERTZER, D., TCHIGUIRINSKAIA, I. - 2007. Multifractal analysis in hydrology. Application to time series. Editions Quae, Paris, 62 p. , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00023006

BERNARDARA, P., SCHERTZER, D., SAUQUET, E., TCHIGUIRINSKAIA, I., LANG, M. - 2008. The flood probability distribution tail: how heavy is it?. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 22, n° 1, p. 107-122 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00023850

BOBEE, B., CARSTEANU, A., HOEPFFNER, M., LANG, M. - 2000. Climate variability: seasonal forecast for optimal management of water resources. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 14, n° 4-5, p. 211-369 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00008714

COEUR, D., LANG, M. - 2008. Use of documentary sources on past flood events for flood risk management and land planning. Comptes Rendus Géoscience, n° 340, p. 644-650 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00024829

DELRIEU, G., DUCROCQ, V., GAUME, E., NICOL, J., PAYRASRTRE, O., YATES, E., KIRSTETTER, P.E., ANDRIEU, H., AYRAL, P.A., BOUVIER, C., CREUTIN, J.D., LIVET, M., ANQUETIN, S., LANG, M., NEPPEL, L., OBLED, C., PARENT DU CHâTELET, J., SAULNIER, G.M., WALPERSDORF, A., WOBROCK, W. - 2005. The catastrophic flash-flood event of 8-9 September 2002 in the Gard region, France: a first case study for the Cévennes-Vivarais Mediterranean Hydro-meteorological Observatory. Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol. 6, p. 34-52 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00017269

GARAVAGLIA, F., GAILHARD, J., PAQUET, E., LANG, M., GARCON, R., BERNARDARA, P. - 2010. Introducing a rainfall compound distribution model based on weather patterns sub-sampling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 14, p. 951-964 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00028892

GARAVAGLIA, F., LANG, M., PAQUET, E., GAILHARD, J., GARCON, R., RENARD, B. - 2011. Reliability and robustness of rainfall compound distribution model based on weather pattern sub-sampling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 15, n° 2, p. 519-532 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00031122

GLADE, T., LANG, M. - 2004. Special Issue on Strategies and applications in Natural Hazard Research Using Historical Data: Preface. Natural Hazards, vol. 31, n° 3, p. 585-586 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00015046

GLASER, R., STANGL, H., LANG, M. - 2004. Floods in Central Europe since AD 1300 and their regional context. Houille Blanche-Revue Internationale de l eau, vol. 5, p. 43-49 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00015158

GIUNTOLI, I., RENARD, B., LANG, M. - 2012. Floods in France. Changes in Flood risk in Europe, Ed. By Z.K. Kundzewicz, IAHS Special , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUBlication 10, CRC Press, p. 199-211 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00035440

JAVELLE, P., OUARDA, T.B., LANG, M., BOBEE, B., GALEA, G., GRESILLON, J.M. - 2002. Development of regional flood-duration-frequency curves based on the index-flood method. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 258, n° 1-4, p. 249-259 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00010013

LANG, M. - 1999. Theoretical discussion and Monte-Carlo simulations for a Negative Binomial process paradox. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 13, p. 183-200 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00007232

LANG, M., GLADE, T. - 2003. Special Issue: Historical Data Collection on Natural Hazard and Climate Variability. Preface. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, vol. 3, n° 6, 1 p. , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00013916

LANG, M., OUARDA, T.B., BOBEE, B. - 1999. Towards operational  guidelines for over-threshold modeling. Journal of Hydrology, n° 225, p. 103-117 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00007610

LANG, M., POBANZ, K., RENARD, B., RENOUF, E., SAUQUET, E. - 2010. Extrapolation of rating curves by hydraulic modelling, with application to flood frequency analysis. Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, vol. 55, n° 6, p. 883-898 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00029235

LANG, M., RASMUSSEN, P., OBERLIN, G., BOBEE, B. - 1997. Over-threshold sampling: modeling of occurences by renawal processes. Revue des Sciences de l'Eau, n° 3, p. 279-320 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00002770

MULLER, A., ARNAUD, P., LANG, M., LAVABRE, J. - 2009. Uncertainties of extreme rainfall quantiles estimated by a stochastic rainfall model and by a generalized Pareto distribution. Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, vol. 54, n° 3, p. 417-429 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00026363

MULLER, A., BACRO, J.N., LANG, M. - 2008. Bayesian comparison of different rainfall depth-duration-frequency relationships. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 22, p. 33-46 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00023914

NAULET, R., LANG, M., OUARDA, T.B., COEUR, D., BOBEE, B., RECKING, A., MOUSSAY, D. - 2005. Flood frequency analysis on the Ardèche river using French documentary sources from the two last centuries. Journal of Hydrology, vol. 313, p. 58-78 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00017886

NEPPEL, L., RENARD, B., LANG, M., AYRAL, P.A., COEUR, D., GAUME, E., JACOB, N., PAYRASTRE, O., POBANZ, K., VINET, F. - 2010. Flood frequency analysis using historical data: accounting for random and systematic errors. Hydrological Sciences Journal-Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, vol. 55, n° 2, p. 192-208 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00029035

RENARD, B., GARRETA, V., LANG, M. - 2006. An application of Bayesian analysis and Markov chain Monte Carlo methods to the estimation of a regional trend in annual maxima. Water Resources Research, vol. 42, p. W12422 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00020768

RENARD, B., KOCHANEK, K., LANG, M., GARAVAGLIA, F., PAQUET, E., NEPPEL, L., NAJIB, K., CARREAU, J., ARNAUD, P., AUBERT, Y., BORCHI, F., SOUBEYROUX, J. M., JOURDAIN, S., VEYSSEIRE, J. M., SAUQUET, E., CIPRIANI, T., AUFFRAY, A. - 2013. Data-based comparison of frequency analysis methods: A general framework. Water Resources Research, vol. 49, p. 1-19 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00037850

RENARD, B., LANG, M. - 2007. Use of a Gaussian copula for multivariate extreme value analysis: some case studies in hydrology. Advances in Water Resources, vol. 30, p. 897-912 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00021421

RENARD, B., LANG, M., BOIS, P. - 2006. Statistical analysis of extreme events in a nonstationary context via a Bayesian framework. Case study with peak-over-threshold data. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, vol. 21, n° 2, p. 97-112 , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00020631

RENARD, B., LANG, M., BOIS, P., DUPEYRAT, A., MESTRE, O., NIEL, H., SAUQUET, E., PRUDHOMME, C., PAREY, S., PAQUET, E., NEPPEL, L., GAILHARD, J.  - 2008. Regional methods for trend detection: assessing field significance and regional consistency. Water Resources Research, vol. 44, n° W08419, 17 p. , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00024453

RENARD, B., SUN, X., LANG, M. - 2013. Bayesian methods for non-stationary extreme value analysis. Extremes in a Changing Climate: Detection, Analysis and Uncertainty, AghaKouchak, A.; Easterling, D.; Hsu, K.; Schubert, S.; Sorooshian, S. (Eds.); , p. 39-95 57 p. , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00036319

SHEFFER, N.A., ENZEL, Y., BENITO, G., GRODEK, T., POART, N., LANG, M., NAULET, R., COEUR, D. - 2003. Paleofloods and historical floods of the Ardèche river, France. Water Resources Research, vol. 39, n° 12, 13 p. , http://cemadoc.irstea.fr/cemoa/PUB00014468

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