Infiltration-induced Slope Instability: A multi-scale approach

Francesca Casini, Amin Askarinejad, S. M. Springman

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Precipitation, together with erosion and earthquakes, have been recognized as the main triggering factors of shallow landslides. However, there are relatively few well-documented cases where direct relationships could be established between occurrence and features of shallow landslides, the rainfall characteristics (e.g. intensity, duration) and water retention curves. A field experiment has been performed on a steep forested slope located on the east-facing banks of the river Rhine in Ruedlingen, northern Switzerland. The aim of the experiments was to study the triggering mechanisms of the landslides induced by rainfall. The pore pressure and the degree of saturation, which are linked through the water retention curve, represent two of the main variables affecting the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated soils, and their relationships to rainfall are complex. The difference in the determination of water retention curves at different scales are analysed in this paper for Ruedlingen soil together with their effects on mechanical behaviour at multi-scale
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils – “E-UNSAT 2016”: Paris, France, September 14-16,2016
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils - Paris, France
Duration: 12 Sept 201614 Sept 2016
Conference number: 3

Publication series

NameE3S WEb of Conferences 9
PublisherEDP SCiences
ISSN (Electronic)2267-1242


Conference3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Abbreviated titleE-UNSAT 2016


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