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Role of vegetation in sustainability of infrastructure slopes

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephanie Glendinning, Ruth Starr-Keddle, Dr Paul Hughes


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Many aspects of the performance of infrastructure slopes are affected by vegetation, but many are conventionally overlooked by engineers. This paper explores in detail the engineering aspects associated with vegetation on infrastructure slopes and the conflicts that must be managed in order to maintain safety and serviceability. It also examines the importance of roadside corridors as grassland habitats and the difficulties of managing and maintaining the diversity of species using safe and economic management practices. The biodiversity of roadside grassland habitats is discussed in this paper, but it is expected that these findings will offer general lessons for the vegetation management of infrastructure slopes.

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Author(s): Glendinning S, Loveridge F, Starr-Keddle RE, Bransby MF, Hughes PN

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

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

Year: 2009

Volume: 162

Issue: 2

Pages: 101-110

ISSN (print): 1478-4629

ISSN (electronic): 1751-7680

Publisher: Thomas Telford Publishing


DOI: 10.1680/ensu.2009.162.2.101


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