Use of displacement as a proxy for dike safety

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Climatic conditions and vegetation cover influence water flux in a slope which affect the pore water pressure and self weight, hence its stability. High evapotranspiration and low precipitation rates during summer cause dry soil with low soil moisture (SM) that leads to soil shrinkage, which leads to cracking and reduced shear strength, which consequently decreases the stability of slopes. Soil re-wetting increases slope weight and exerts an additional driving force on the slope. Using Earth Observation (EO) data facilitates frequent, large-scale monitoring to identify the vulnerable areas along the slopes to avoid instability. Here we study the displacement of a vegetated dike subject to SM variations under varying climatic conditions.Results show that the SM and magnitude of total displacement at a desired location are highly positively correlated without time lag. This proof-of-concept study shows that near surface displacement due to interaction with the atmosphere has a strong relation with the water availability in the slope and therefore the Factor of Safety (FoS)
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
ISSN (Print)2199-8981


  • Slope Stability
  • Displacement
  • Vegetation


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