I am interested in the response of railway and highway earthworks to extreme rainfall events and in their potential behaviour in a changing climate. I have undertaken the following investigations:
An assessment of monitoring data collected during the extremely wet winter of 2000/2001, to better understand the types of embankment that are most at risk of failure during such extreme events.
Finite element modelling (Vadose/w) to explore the influence of foundation geology on pore water pressure increase within embankments during extremely wet winter weather.
An assessment of the British Geological Survey (BGS) landslide database to identify rainfall and soil moisture conditions associated with earthwork (embankment and cutting) failures between 2004 and 2014.
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