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Full-scale testing to assess climate effects on embankments

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


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A unique facility for engineering and biological research has been established with the aim of improving fundamental understanding of the effects of climate change on slopes. This paper describes the building and monitoring of a full-scale embankment representative of UK infrastructure, the planting and monitoring of representative vegetation, and the construction of a system of sprinklers and covers to control climate. A summary of the results of the first experiments simulating predicted future UK climate and the response of the embankment is also presented. The information that has begun to be gathered is providing data related to the failure modes anticipated as a result of climate change and hence on the sustainability of UK infrastructure slopes.

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Author(s): Hughes PN, Glendinning S, Mendes J, Parkin G, Toll DG, Gallipoli D, Miller PE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Engineering Sustainability

Year: 2009

Volume: 162

Issue: 2

Pages: 67-79

ISSN (print): 1478-4629

ISSN (electronic): 1751-7680

Publisher: Thomas Telford Publishing


DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2009.162.2.67


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Newcastle University
Railway Safety and Standards Board
GR/S87430/01Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council