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Lookup NU author(s): Emma Mcconnell,
Dr Jessica HolmesORCiD,
Dr Ross Stirling,
Dr Colin DavieORCiD,
Professor Stephanie Glendinning
This is the final published version of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) published in its final definitive form in 2022. For re-use rights please refer to the publishers terms and conditions.
Climate-driven deterioration from desiccation cracking, together with increased climate variability, is a growing threat to the stability, and therefore management of infrastructure embankments. Desiccation cracking at multiple scales increases assets’ vulnerability to failure by imposing irrecoverable spatial and transient changes in soil hydromechanical properties. Current research into the relationship between climate change, slope deterioration and soil water retention capacity within a cracked slope, at a scale comparable to field embankments, is limited. Understanding this relationship is crucial in order to formulate a deterioration and remediation framework for infrastructure assets’ experiencing desiccation cracking. Preliminary results are presented in this paper from a large-scale (4500 x 2000 x 1200 mm), heavily instrumented slope within an outdoor lysimeter located at the UKCRIC National Green Infrastructure Facility, Newcastle University, UK. The lysimeter is an opportunity to monitor the hydrological regime and water retention capacity of a cracked slope in situ, under natural and simulated weather events.
Author(s): McConnel E, Holmes J, Stirling R, Davie C, Glendinning S
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: 11th International Symposium on Field Monitoring in Geomechanics
Year of Conference: 2022
Acceptance date: 06/06/2022
Date deposited: 17/10/2022
ePrints DOI: 10.57711/qv4x-f230