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Biological and engineering impacts of climate on slopes - learning from full-scale

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephanie Glendinning, Dr Paul Hughes, Joao Mendes


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Our climate is set to change significantly over the next century; future change is likely to have a serious effect on UK slopes. The scenario of hotter drier summers, followed by more intense periods of rainfall has the potential to reduce stability by increasing degradation mechanisms and/or increasing positive pore water pressure generation. There is evidence that the scenario of more intense rainfall is already having an impact on the UK slopes. However, there is also potential for stability to be improved through the generation of greater suctions during longer periods of drought. Newcastle, Southampton, Belfast, Durham and Loughborough Universities have all been carrying out research into the impacts of climate and vegetation on embankment and cut slope stability. These five Universities, along with international partners in Canada, Singapore, China, South Africa, France and Portugal, are conducting a collaboration programme the aim of which is to link research groups undertaking full-scale monitoring of slopes to improve the understanding of the complex interaction between climate, vegetation and clay soils. This paper presents results of current full scale infrastructure slope monitoring and model development at the involved universities and plans for future collaborations.

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Author(s): Glendinning S, Hughes PN, Hughes DAB, Clarke D, Smethurst J, Powrie W, Dixon N, Dijkstra TA, Toll DG, Mendes J

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Landslides: Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Landslides and Engineered Slopes

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 1553-1558

ISSN: 9780415411967

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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