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Richard Fortier


Regular member

Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, Université Laval

Adrien-Pouliot Building
1065 avenue de la Médecine
Université Laval
Quebec, Canada
G1V 0A6

418.656.2131 extension 405739



Research Themes

  • Dynamics of northern landforms in response to climatic variations: the case of coastal areas.
  • Regional cartography in hydrogeology, environment and natural hazards.
  • Study of the degradation mecanisms of the flow behaviour of permafrost sensitive to climate changes.
  • Study of the loss of bearing capacity of road structures caused by thaw events.

CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Bussière, Léa (Doctorate). Hydrogeophysics of permafrost mounds in Nunavik (Québec) and relic traces of permafrost degradation in Aquitaine (France) – An analog study to understand the paleo-recharge of regional aquifers in the Aquitaine sedimentary basin.

Fortin, Jonathan (Master). Study of ice rich permafrost thaw consolidation at Umiujaq in northern Quebec.

Perreault, Julie (Master). Infrared thermography of surface conditions, surface temperatures follow-up of a permafrost mound at Umiujaq and numerical modelling of permafrost degradation.


Recent CEN theses

El Baroudi, Majid , 2018 (Doctorate). 3D induced polarization tomography for permafrost investigation in Northern Quebec.

Banville, David , 2016 (Master). Tridimensional cryohydrogeologic modeling of watershed affected by permafrost.


Scientific communications

Jamin, P., Cochand, M., Dagenais, S., Lemieux, J.-M., Fortier, R., Molson, J., Brouyère, S., 2019. Direct measurement of groundwater flux in aquifers within the discontinuous permafrost zone: an application of the finite volume point dilution method near Umiujaq (Nunavik, Canada). Hydrogeology Journal.

Li, G., Wang, F., Ma, W., Fortier, R., Mu, Y., Yuncheng, M., Hou, X., 2018. Variations in strength and deformation of compacted loess exposed to wetting-drying and freeze-thaw cycles. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 151: 159-167. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2018.03.021.

Nowamooz, A., Dupuis, C.J., Beaudoin, G., Molson, J., Lemieux, J.-M., Horswill, M., Fortier, R., Larachi, F., Maldague, X., Constantin, M., Duchesne, J., Therrien, R., 2018. Atmospheric carbon mineralization in an industrial-scale chrysotile mining waste pile. Environmental Science & Technology, 52(14): 8050-8057. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.8b01128.

Beaudoin, G., Nowamooz, A., Assima, G.P., Lechat, K., Gras, A., Entezari, A., Kandjid, E.H.B., Awoh, A.-S., Horswill, M., Turcotte, S., Larachi, F., Dupuis, C., Molson, J., Lemieux, J.-M., Maldague, X., Plante, B., Bussières, B., Constantin, M., Duchesne, J., Therrien, R., Fortier, R., 2017. Passive mineral carbonation of Mg-rich mine wastes by atmospheric CO2. Energy Procedia, 114: 6083-6086. DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.03.1745 .

Bélanger, K., Locat, A., Fortier, R., Demers, D., 2017. Geophysical and geotechnical characterization of a sensitive clay deposit in Brownsburg, Quebec. Pages 77-86 in Thakur, V., L'Heureux, J.-S., Locat, A. (Editors). Landslides in Sensitive Clays: From Research to Implementation. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Springer International Publishing AG.

Banville, D., Fortier, R., Dupuis, C., 2016. Objective interpretation of induced polarization tomography using a quantitative approach for the investigation of periglacial environments. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 130: 218-233. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2016.04.019.

Lemieux, J.-M., Fortier, R., Talbot Poulin, M.-C., Molson, J., Therrien, R., Ouellet, M., Banville, D., Cochand, M., Murray, R., 2016. Groundwater occurrence in cold environments: examples from Nunavik, Canada. Hydrogeology Journal, 24(6): 1497-1513. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-016-1411-1.

Yu, W., Yi, X., Niu, Y., Fortier, R., Mu, Y., Zhang, J., 2016. Dynamic thermal regime of permafrost beneath embankment of Qinghai-Tibet Highway under the scenarios of changing structure and climate warming. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 126: 76-81. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2016.03.011.

Tremblay, Y., Lemieux, J.-M., Fortier, R., Molson, J., Therrien, R., Therrien, P., Comeau, G., Talbot Poulin, M.-C., 2015. Semi-automated filtering of data outliers to improve spatial analysis of piezometric data. Hydrogeology Journal, 23(5): 851-868. DOI: 10.1007/s10040-015-1257-y.

El Baroudi, M., Fortier, R., 2014. Tomographie bidimensionnelle et tridimensionnelle de polarisation provoquée d'un pergélisol riche en glace au Québec nordique, Canada. Notes et Mémoires du Service Géologique du Maroc: 1-19.

Fabien-Ouellet, G., Fortier, R., 2014. Using all seismic arrivals in shallow seismic investigations. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 103: 31–42. DOI: 10.1016/j.jappgeo.2013.12.009.

Fabien-Ouellet, G., Fortier, R., Giroux, B., 2014. Joint acquisition and processing of seismic reflections and surface waves in a sensitive clay deposit in the outaouais region (Québec), Canada. Pages 241-252 in LNullHeureux, J.-S., Locat, A., Leroueil, S., Demers, D., Locat, J. (Editors). Landslides in Sensitive Clays: From Geosciences to Risk Management. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, Springer. Netherlands.

Stephani, E., Fortier, D., Shur, Y., Fortier, R., Doré, G., 2014. A geosystems approach to permafrost investigations for engineering applications, an example from a road stabilization experiment, Beaver Creek, Yukon, Canada. Cold Regions Science and Technology, 100: 20-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2013.12.006.

Fortier, R., Leblanc, A.-M., Yu, W., 2011. Impacts of permafrost degradation on a road embankment at Umiujaq in Nunavik (Quebec), Canada. Revue canadienne de géotechnique, 48: 720-740. DOI: 10.1139/T10-101.

Buteau, S., Fortier, R., Allard, M., 2010. Permafrost weakening as a potential impact of climatic warming. Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, 24(1): 1-18.

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