Tag Archive for soil depth mapping

Hydrological Modelling of Slope Stability

Abstract:  Extreme rainfall events are the major driver of landslide occurrences in mountainous and steep terrain regions around the world. Subsurface hydrology has a dominant role on the initiation of rainfall-induced landslides, since changes in the soil water content affect significantly the soil shear strength. Rainfall infiltration produces an increase of soil water potential, which is followed by a rapid drop in apparent cohesion.

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Hydrological Modelling of Shallow Landslides

An introductory presentation for my PhD research covering the hydrological modelling of shallow landslides, subsurface hydrology, unsaturated soil mechanics, Ground Penetration Radars and some experimental data from a field campaign that I conducted.

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A distributed physically based model to predict timing and spatial distribution of rainfall-induced shallow landslides

Abstract: Shallow landslides induced by rainfall are among the most costly and deadly natural hazards, which mostly afflict mountainous and steep terrain regions. Crucial role in the initiation of these events is attributed to subsurface hydrology and how changes in the soil water regime can affect significantly the soil shear strength. Rainfall infiltration results in a decrease of matric suction, which is followed by a rapid drop in apparent cohesion. Read more

The role of subsurface topography and its implications on the water regime in the Urseren Valley, Switzerland

Abstract: To improve the understanding and the modelling of soil water regimes in alpine areas it is essential to know not only the number and the properties of the soil layers, but also their spatial distribution. One common assumption used in many simulations in the literature is that that the soil layers and the bedrock are parallel to the surface, which sometimes diverges significantly from the reality. Read more

Geophysical imaging of shallow subsurface topography and its implication for shallow landslide susceptibility in the Urseren Valley, Switzerland

Abstract: Landslides and soil erosion are an ever present threat to water management, building construction, vegetation formation and biodiversity in the Swiss Alps. Improved understanding of the mechanics and causative factors of soil erosion is a key factor in mitigation of damage to Alpine natural resources. Read more