Effects of Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Interaction on the Stability of a Clay Slope: A Case Study
1 Geotechnical Consulting Group, London, UK (formerly Technical University of Bari, Department of Civil, Environmental, Territorial, Building and Chemical Engineering, Bari, Italy )
2 Imperial College London, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, London, UK
3 Technical University of Bari, Department of Civil, Environmental, Territorial, Building and Chemical Engineering, Bari, Italy
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Deep and slow landslide processes are frequently observed in clay slopes located along the Southern Apennines (Italy). A case study representative of these processes, named Pisciolo case study, is discussed in the paper. The geo-hydro-mechanical characteristics of the materials involved in the instability phenomena are initially discussed. Pluviometric, piezometric, inclinometric and GPS monitoring data are subsequently presented, suggesting that rainfall infiltration constitutes the main factor inducing slope movements. The connection between formation of landslide bodies and slope-atmosphere interaction has been demonstrated through a hydro-mechanical finite element analysis, whose results are finally reported in the work. This analysis has been conducted employing a constitutive model that is capable of simulating both saturated and unsaturated soil behaviour, as well as a boundary condition able to simulate the effects of the soil-vegetation-atmosphere interaction.
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