, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 113–127 | Cite as

Digital Tools for Managing and Promoting Karst Geosites in Southeast France

  • Fabien Hoblea
  • Jean-Jacques Delannoy
  • Stéphane Jaillet
  • Estelle Ployon
  • Benjamin Sadier
Original Article


This article provides an overview of the various digital tools we have used and developed to study and promote a range of karst geosites. Our work focused on the very high heritage value endokarst sites (caves or karst networks) in France’s Ardèche département (Chauvet Cave, Aven d’Orgnac) and Chartreuse (Granier cave network), Vercors (Choranche Caves) and Bauges (Prérouge Cave) Regional Parks. These tools were developed using innovative, high-tech digital monitoring and 3D modelling technologies and combined laser scanners, digital cameras and sensors with specialised software. The resulting tools are now being used in the management and promotion of these sites, which are important territorial and heritage resources in areas where geotourism is increasing and being integrated into local planning strategies.


Karst geosites GIS Laser scanning 3D modelling Geosite management Geoheritage promotion 



The authors wish to thank all the colleagues and students who participated in the collection and processing of data presented in this article, in particular Robert Durand, Jacques Nant, Eric Sibert (Speleo-Club Savoy), Emmanuel Malet, André Paillet (EDYTEM) and Baptiste Launai (University of Tours). Many thanks also to the reviewers (especially to Jo de Waele for the bibliographic supplements) and to José Brilha as director of the journal, for his patience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fabien Hoblea
    • 1
  • Jean-Jacques Delannoy
    • 1
  • Stéphane Jaillet
    • 1
  • Estelle Ployon
    • 1
  • Benjamin Sadier
    • 1
  1. 1.EDYTEM, UMR 5204University of Savoie-CNRSLe Bourget du Lac CedexFrance

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