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Hydrological monitoring of an outdoor, large-scale desiccation crack experiment

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.

Publication metadata

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