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Eco-engineering and conservation of slopes for long-term protection from erosion, landslides and storms

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-2000-00289
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-04-2001
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 3,658,149 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,448,794 EUR
Scientific Officer: Alexandros ARABATZIS
Research topic: 5.3.1. Multifunctional management of forests

Abstract:
Recent catastrophic landslides and storms in Europe, resulting in the loss of human life and irreparable damage to rural communities, illustrate a huge need for improved management of unstable slopes in both urban and natural environments. Current geo-engineering measures, involving the use of reinforcing techniques offer an expensive solution to the problem, and can only be used in high-risk, accessible areas. In this multidisciplinary project, the stabilizing and reinforcing effects of vegetation on natural and artificial slopes will be examined with a view to developing adequate management strategies and new techniques for the prevention of such disasters. The relationship between tree and woody plant architecture, root anchorage and root reinforcernent will be investigated and correlated to soil mechanical and physical properties, as well as slope stability.


Coordinator
Alexia STOKES
Laboratoire de Rhéologie du Bois de Bordeaux - LRBB - (Mixed Unit - UBI/CNRS/INRA)
Cestas Gazinet
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 57979104
Fax: +33 5 56680713
E-mail: stokes@lrbb3.pierroton.inra.fr


Partners
  Thierry FOURCAUD
LRBB - CIRAD
Cestas Gazinet
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 5 57979104
Fax: +33 5 56680713
E-mail: fourcaud@lrbb3.pierroton.inra.fr
  Benoît COURBAUD
CEMAGREF, Centre National du Machinisme Agricole, du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts
Saint Martin d'Hères
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 76762762
Fax: +33 4 76513803
E-mail: Benoit.Courbaud@grenoble.cemagref.fr
  Bruce NICOLL
Forestry Commission
Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 131 446940
Fax: +44 131 4455124
E-mail: B.Nicoll@forestry.gov.uk
  Donato CHIATANTE
Università degli Studi del Molise - Facoltà di Scienze MM.FF.NN
Isernia
ITALY
Tel.: +39 0865 47891
Fax: +39 0865 411283
E-mail: chiatant@unimol.it
  David BARKER
Geostructural Composites Limited
Edenbridge , Kent
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1732 866357
Fax: +44 1732 866858
E-mail: eco-engineer@bigfoot.com
  Erik CAMMERAAT
Universiteit van Amsterdam - IBED-Fysische Geografie en Bodemkunde
Amsterdam
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 205255890
Fax: +31 205257431
E-mail: L.H.Cammeraat@frw.uva.nl
  José RUBIO
Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificacion
Albal (Valencia)
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 961220540
Fax: +34 961263908
E-mail: jlrubio@post.uv.es
  John GREENWOOD
Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
Nottingham
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 115 8482045
Fax: +44 115 8486450
E-mail: john.greenwood@ntu.ac.uk
  Ioannis SPANNOS
National Agricultural Research Foundation (NAGREF)-Forest Research Institute (FRI)
Vassilika-Thessaloniki
GREECE
Tel.: +30 31461171
Fax: +30 31461341
E-mail: ispanos@fri.gr