Engineering geomorphological mapping is primarily concerned with identifying and mapping the features on the ground surface. However, detailed mapping linked to limited subsurface data can provide the first approximation of a ground model in some situations. In this example mapping was carried out at the location of the proposal Channel Tunnel portal at Castle Hill near Folkestone, England, prior to any detailed ground investigations with the aim of establishing the nature and extent of the landslide complex that existed at the site. Full details of the study can be found in Griffiths et al. 1995.
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This volume presents a collection of papers on techniques and case studies in land surface evaluation for engineering practice written by specialist practitioners in the field. The volume arose out of deliberations by the Second Working Party on Land Surface Evaluation set up by the Engineering Group of the Geological Society in January 1997 and chaired by Dr. J. S. Griffiths. The book examples of cost-effective methods for collecting land surface and near surface data prior to carrying further detailed ground investigations of engineering geologist, geotechnical engineers, geomorphologist and planners who have the responsibility for planning a designing investigations of potential sites of development.