Frédéric Cappa


  • Professor of Geophysics - Laboratoire Géoazur (GEOAZUR)
  • Fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)
  • Permanent Guest Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division


  • 2013 et 2014 : American Rock Mechanics Research Award
  • 2012 : Louis Gentil-Jacques Bourcard Prize of the French Academy of Sciences
  • 2005 : Jean Goguel Prize


Frédéric Cappa is Professor of Geophysics at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (France) in the "Geoazur" Earth Sciences laboratory. He is also a fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF) and a permanent Guest Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, UC Berkeley (US). In 2013-2014, he was invited Professor at CALTECH (US) for a year.

His research aims mainly at understanding better the role of fluids in the mechanics of the Earth’s crust, especially seismic and aseismic deformations. He is interested in developing new approaches combined from geophysical observations and hydromechanical modelling for the study of faulting, earthquakes, induced seismicity, and landslides. He develops active field experiments to document deformations, seismicity and fluid pressure in space and time directly inside faults and landslides, and invert these data with dynamic modeling for the spatiotemporal evolution of fluids, rupture and physical properties. His work is driven to help us to better assess seismic and slope instability hazards. He is the PI of the ANR project “HYDROSEIS” (2014-2018). Over the past 7 years, he was also in charge for the Geoazur lab of 2 ANR projects (HPPP and SLAMS) and multiple scientific projects.

Frédéric also participates in local and national institutional activities such as the scientific council of the Université Côte d’Azur, the administrative council of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, internal committees of the Geoazur lab, and the national committee “Natural Hazards” of the CNRS/INSU.