Born June 30, 1968, married, 2 children


  • Full Professor of Geophysics at Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France)
  • Director of a Geophysical Research Laboratory (Laboratoire de Géophysique Interne et Tectonophysique, 63 researchers)
  • Laboratoire de Géophysique Interne et Tectonophysique
  • Université Joseph Fourier
  • BP 53X, 238041 Grenoble Cedex
  • Email:
  • Tel 33 4 76 73 51 79
  • Fax 33 4 76 63 52 52.


  • 2001 H.D.R. (Habilitation) Geophysics Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble, France 1995 PhD in Geophysics
  • 1988-1992 Basic education in Science at Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon



  • Since 2001: Professor at Université Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.
  • 1996-2001: Research Engineer in charge of Seismic Hazard Assessment for nuclear facilities (IRSN , Fontenay aux Roses, France)
  • 1996 Postdoc, Kyoto University, Japan



  • Institut Universitaire de France, junior fellow, 2006
  • Guest lectures in various institutions: 15


About 45 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. H-index : 15, Citation index : 650 (ISI WoK, March 2009). Selected Recent Publications:

  • Cotton F. and M. Campillo, 1995. Frequency domain inversion of strong motions : application to the 1992 Landers earthquake, Journal of Geophysical Research, 100, 3961-3975.
  • Cotton F. and Coutant O., 1997, Dynamic stress variations due to shear faults in a plane layered medium. Geophys. J. Int., 128,676-688
  • Chang T.Y, F. Cotton, J. Angelier. 2001. Seismic attenuation and peak ground acceleration in Taiwan. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am. 91. 1229-1246
  • Berge-Thierry C., Cotton F., Scotti O., Griot-Pommera D. A., and Fukushima Y. 2003. New empirical response spectral attenuation laws for moderate European earthquakes. J. Earthquake Engineering 7 193-222.
  • Voisin C., F. Cotton, S. Di Carli. 2004. A reconciling model for dynamic and static stress triggering of aftershocks, antishocks,remote seismicity, creep events and multi-segmented rupture. J. Geophysical Research., 109, B06304, doi:10.1029/2003JB002886.
  • Scherbaum, F., Cotton, F. and Smit, P., 2004. On the Use of Response Spectral-Reference Data for the Selection and Ranking ofGround-Motion Models for Seismic-Hazard Analysis in Regions of Moderate Seismicity: The Case of Rock Motion. Bull Seism. Soc Am, 94(6): 2164-2185.
  • Semmane, F., Cotton, F. and Campillo, M., 2005. The 2000 Tottori earthquake : a shallow earthquake with no surface rupture and slip properties controlled by depth. J. Geophys. Res., 110(B03306): doi:10.1029/ 2004JB003194.
  • Cotton, F., Scherbaum, F., Bommer, J., Bungum, H. and Sabetta, F., 2006. Criteria for selecting and adapting ground-motion models for specific target regions Application to Central Europe and rock sites. Journal of Seis¬mology. DOI: 10.1007/s10950-005-9006-7.
  • Bonnefoy-Claudet, S., F. Cotton and P.-Y. Bard, 2006. The nature of noise wavefield and its implication for site effects studies. A literature review. Earth-Sciences Review, 79(3-4), 205-227
  • Causse, M., Cotton, F., Cornou, C. and Bard, P.Y., 2008. Calibrating median and uncertainty estimates for a practical use of Empirical Green’s Functions technique. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 344-353
  • Cotton, F., Pousse G., F., Bonilla, L. and Scherbaum, F., 2008. On the discrepancy of recent European ground-motion observations and predictions from empirical models: analysis of KiK-net accelerometric data and point-sources stochastic simulations. Bull. Seism. Soc. Am.


  • Since 2005: Responsible of the Grenoble University partnership of the Erasmus Mundus master program in “Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Seismology”
  • Site effect expert for the Pegasos projects (Reassessment of seismic hazard at Swiss NPPs, 2001-2004 and 2008 – 2011)
  • Supervisor of 8 PhD thesis since 2000
  • Coordinator of European projects SISMOVALP (2003-2007) and SHARE/WP4 2009-2012)
  • External consultant, in a number of consultancy projects involving seismic hazard assessements of critical facilitie