Coastal protection and development, coastal zone engineering

In view of current forecasts of climate change and rises in sea levels, the protection of sensitive coastal zones has to be rethought. Familiar with the issues of coastal erosion, Artelia designs and supervises the implementation of sustainable coastline management projects in various countries. Artelia was appointed to supervise beach nourishment works in the gulf of Aigues-Mortes, Frontignan and Vias in France, and performed a physical model study of the coast of Congo. A comprehensive operational hydro-sedimentary model of the Mont-Saint-Michel Bay (France) built with the Telemac system is supporting work to restore the maritime nature of the Mount. Artelia is currently carrying out a coastal protection study in Congo and designing coastal protection works at Cap Lopez in Gabon using physical and numerical hydro-sedimentary mathematical models.


Artelia also performs statutory studies (impact assessments, Natura 2000 procedures,etc.) for coastline and estuary projects and draws up plans to prevent coastal risks such as erosion and floods.


Climate Change Impacts on the Eco-morphology of Estuaries
Client : MEEDDM
Country : France

Date : 2010 - 2013

Services :
  • Assessment of hydric and sediment exchanges between the low and high water beds of the estuary of the river Loire, based on measurements campaigns
  • Improvement of hydro-sedimentary process modelling concerning flood-prones areas
  • Long term (2040) morphodynamic simulation for the Loire river mouth in Ancenis (approximately 90 km)

The objective is to assess the impact of climate change on estuary morphology variations, sediment cover of these estuaries and the resulting organisation of the biotope

Protection and development of the Frontignan shore

Client : Communauté d'Agglomération du bassin de Thau
Country : France (Hérault)

Date : 2008 - 2012

Services :
  • Statutory studies
  • Design services and project supervision

Protection of the Cape Lopez shore in Gabon

Country : Gabon

Date : 2011 - 2012

Services :
  • Collection and analysis of hydro-sedimentary and geotechnical data
  • Geotechnical investigation campaign
  • Numerical modelling of wave propagation, currents on site and changes in the coastline
  • Construction of a morphodynamic numerical model
  • Tests with a sedimentological scale model
  • Environmental impact assessment

Coastal protection in Vias

Client : Communauté d'Agglomération Hérault Méditérranée
Country : France

Date : 2009 - 2012

Services :
  • Feasibility studies
  • Design services and project supervision

Repair of Jules Noiret breakwater and nourishment of Le Crotoy beach

Client : Syndicat Mixte Baie de Somme, Grand Littoral Picard
Country : France

Date : 2008 - 2012

Services :
  • Supervision of investigations
  • Study of waves
  • Scale modele study of stability
  • Preparation of statutory documents
  • Preliminary and detailed designs, tender documents, assistance with works contract, inspection of working designs, supervision of works, assistance with acceptance procedures

Protection of Cavalière beach in Le Lavandou

Client : Commune of Le Lavandou
Country : France

Date : 2011 - 2012

Services :
  • Design and construction supervision services

Restoration of the maritime character of Mont-Saint-Michel

Client : Syndicat Mixte de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel
Country : France

Date : 2008 - 2011

Services :
  • Design and provision of a hydrosedimentary numerical modelling tool

Extension of the Mayotte airport

Client : MEEDDM - DGAC (Direction générale de l'Aviation Civile)
Country : France (Mayotte)

Date : 2009 - 2011

Services :
  • Maritime technical studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Statutory documents

Developments on the Mar Chica lagoon

Client : MarchicaMed
Country : Morocco

Date : 2008 - 2011

Artelia's teams are contributing to the development of touristic infrastructures in the Mar Chica lagoon near Nador

Bibliographic summary and summary of sediment flow and turbidity measurements taken on mainland France coasts

Client : IFREMER
Country : France

Date : 2011

Services :
  • Data collection and analysis:
    – Spatial and seasonal variations
    – Evolution of turbidity in the past 30 years
    – Behaviour of telluric inflows

La Croisette beach protection in Cannes

Client : Ville de Cannes
Country : France

Date : 2007 - 2011

Services :
  • Design services and construction supervision

Rail and motorway link between Qatar and Bahrain

Client : QBC Consortium
Country : Qatar

Date : 2008 - 2010

Services :
  • Checking of environmental and hydraulic studies

Sustainable management of the Pays de la Loire coastline

280 km of coast concerned
Client : Direction Régionale de l'Equipement
Country : France (Loire)

Date : 2009 - 2010

Services :
  • Production of an atlas of marine erosion and flooding
  • Detailed study of 11 hydrosedimentary cells

Shore between Antibes and Cap d'Ail

Client : Communauté d'Agglomération de Nice Côte d'Azur
Country : France (Alpes-Maritimes)

Date : 2008 - 2009

Services :
  • Balance, analysis and recommendations concerning erosion

Morondava shore

Client : Agence Portuaire Maritime et Fluviale
Country : Madagascar

Date : 2006 - 2008

Services :
  • Bathymetric and topographic investigations, inspection of structures
  • Analysis and summary of data and measurements
  • Analysis of hydro-sedimentary dynamics
  • Identification of sensitive sites and vulnerable areas
  • Recommandations concerning emergency measures

Coastal protection of the Gulf of Aigues Mortes

Client : Syndicat des Communes Littorales de la Baie d'Aigues Mortes
Country : France

Date : 2003 - 2008

Services :
  • Design services and constuction supervision

Coastal protection in Valras and Vendres

Client : Communes de Valras et Vendres
Country : France

Date : 2005 - 2008

Services :
  • Design services and construction supervision

West coast of Algeria

Client : Ministry of Public Works
Country : Algeria

Date : 2003 - 2008

Services :
  • Definition of additional investigations
  • Analysis and summary of data and measurements
  • Identification of sensitive sites and vulnerable areas
  • Installation of the GIS
  • Demarcation of the costal public land
  • Training of Ministry staff
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