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Atmosphere-vegetation-soil interactions in a climate change context; impact of changing conditions on engineered transport infrastructure slopes in Europe

A. M. Tang, P. N. Hughes, T. A. Dijkstra, A. Askarinejad, M. Brencic, Y. J. Cui, J. J. Diez, T. Firgi, B. Gajewska, F. Gentile, G. Grossi, C. Jommi, F. Kehagia, E. Koda, H. W. ter Maat, S. Lenart, S. Lourenco, M. Oliveira, P. Osinski, S. M. Springman, R. Stirling, D. G. Toll and V. van Beek
Atmosphere-vegetation-soil interactions in a climate change context; impact of changing conditions on engineered transport infrastructure slopes in Europe
Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (March 2018) 51 (2): 156-168

Abstract

In assessing the impact of climate change on infrastructure, it is essential to consider the interactions between the atmosphere, vegetation and the near-surface soil. This paper presents an overview of these processes, focusing on recent advances from the literature and those made by members of COST Action TU1202 - Impacts of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure. Climate- and vegetation-driven processes (suction generation, erosion, desiccation cracking, freeze-thaw effects) are expected to change in incidence and severity, which will affect the stability of new and existing infrastructure slopes. This paper identifies the climate- and vegetation-driven processes that are of greatest concern, the suite of known unknowns that require further research, and lists key aspect that should be considered for the design of engineered transport infrastructure slopes in the context of climate change.


ISSN: 1470-9236
EISSN: 2041-4803
Serial Title: Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Serial Volume: 51
Serial Issue: 2
Title: Atmosphere-vegetation-soil interactions in a climate change context; impact of changing conditions on engineered transport infrastructure slopes in Europe
Affiliation: Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France
Pages: 156-168
Published: 20180323
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of London, London, United Kingdom
References: 128
Accession Number: 2018-032325
Categories: Engineering geologyEnvironmental geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
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Secondary Affiliation: Durham University, GBR, United KingdomLoughborough University, GBR, United KingdomDelft University of Technology, NLD, NetherlandsUniversity of Ljubljana, SLV, El SalvadorTechnical University of Madrid, ESP, SpainSzent Istvan University, HUN, HungaryRoad and Bridge Research Institute, POL, PolandUniversity of Bari Aldo Moro, ITA, ItalyUniversity of Brescia, ITA, ItalyAristotle University of Thessaloniki, GRC, GreeceWarsaw University of Life Sciences, POL, PolandWageningen University & Research, NLD, NetherlandsSlovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute, SVN, SloveniaUniversity of Hong Kong, CHN, ChinaLaboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, PRT, PortugalEidgenoessische Technische Hochschule Zuerich, CHE, SwitzerlandUniversity of Newcastle, GBR, United KingdomDeltares, NLD, Netherlands
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 201817
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