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

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posted on 08.06.2018, 10:44 by A.M. Tang, Paul N. Hughes, Tom 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. Springman, Ross A. Stirling, D.G. Toll, V. Van Beek
© 2018 The Author(s). 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.

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This work was supported by the funding for COST Action TU1202 through the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

Volume

51

Issue

2

Pages

156 - 168

Citation

TANG, A.M. ...et al., 2018. 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, 51(2), pp. 156-168.

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© The authors. Published by the Geological Society of London

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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24/03/2018

Publication date

2018-03-23

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Geological Society of London under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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1470-9236

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en

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