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MSc Jonas von Wartburg: Constraining the age and source area of the Molveno landslide deposits in the Brenta Group, Trentino Dolomites.

Candidate: Jonas von Wartburg Supervisors: Susan Ivy-Ochs, Kerry Leith, Prof. Dr. Silvana Martin (U. Padua) Institution: ETH Zurich, University of Padua Activity: Beginning Fall 2017 Introduction A detailed understanding of prehistoric landslides provides fundamental information on the inherent causes of massive rock slope failures in the Alps. In Trentino, a key issue in assessing hazards from rock wall […]

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Reconnaissance of ongoing fracturing in the Bedretto tunnel

An important aspect of our envoronmentally-driven fracturing project is a study of ongoing fracturing under relatively stable conditions in the 50 year old Bedretto tunnel. Yesterday Matthew Perras, Prof. Kurosch Thuro (Technical University of Munich), and myself made the first reconnaissance of the 5 km long tunnel and collection of baseline data from a recently […]

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A documentary on work leading up to the GlacierRocks project

Find out more with the following links:

Homepage: http://www.georesearch.at/de/bereiche/forschungsbereiche/geo/projekt-glacierrocks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/georesearch/
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/project/GlacierRocks-Glacier-Headwall-Interaction-and-its-Influence-on-Rockfall-Activity
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/17889341/

MSc opportunity: Monitoring progressive damage accumulation at the Bedretto Tunnel, Switzerland

Project Framework and Goals The Furka-Oberalp railway line presents the only year-round east west connection in the Swiss Alps. It serves to link the resort areas of Valais, Central Switzerland, with those in the Grisons, as well as efficient local transportation. Construction of the Furka (Base) Tunnel began in 1972 and was completed in 1982. […]

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MSc Stefanie Diener: Environmental controls on bedrock fracturing and rockfall production adjacent to the rapidly thinning Schmiedingerkees glacier (Hohe Tauern Range, Austria)

Candidate: Stefanie Diener Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Dr. Matthew Perras, Ingo Hartmeyer (GEORESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH) Institution: ETH Zurich Activity: Beginning Fall 2017 Since 1880 mean annual air temperatures in Austria have risen by 2 °C, more than twice the average global warming of 0.85 °C. Glacier retreat has evolved into one of the most visible consequences of this climatic change […]

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MSc opportunity: The relationship between large-scale geomorphological processes and local slope instabilities affecting transport networks

The construction of transportation routes can markedly increase the risk of rockfalls and landslides in Alpine settings. Where forming road and rail routes involves excavation or the construction of embankments in locations already in a state of critical stability, minor changes to slope geometry or groundwater conditions can have a notable impact on local ground […]

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MSc opportunity: Monitoring progressive fracture propagation in response to environmental stress variations

Candidate: Open Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Dr. Matthew Perras, Valentin Gischig Institution: ETH Zurich Activity: Beginning Fall 2017 Exceptionally warm summer temperatures in northern Europe during the summer of 2014 were accompanied by active fracturing and small rockbursts from flat-lying postglacial bedrock surfaces on a small Finnish Island. Employing a new portable acoustic emission detection system, this project will investigate […]

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MSc Martin Kradolfer: The role of ice filled cracks on rock slope stability – a laboratory study

Candidate: Martin Kradolfer Supervisors: Florian Amann, Kerry Leith Institution: ETH Zurich Activity: Beginning Fall 2017 Project Framework: Ice filled tension cracks are commonly observed in association with active or catastrophic rock slope failures located in potential permafrost regions of the Alps. Displacement or dislocation along cracks in many of these rock slopes has been observed to primarily occur […]

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MSc Patrick Hadener: Time-dependent behaviour of two different prismatic limestone specimens

Candidate: Patrick Hadener Supervisors: Matthew Perras, Kerry Leith Institution: ETH Zurich Activity: Fall 2016 – ongoing Supervisors: Dr. Matthew Perras & Dr. Kerry Leith  

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MSc Theresa Raab: Geomorphological indicators of slope instabilities in alpine settings

Candidate: Theresa Raab Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter Institution: Technical University of Munich Activity: Completed fall 2015 High-magnitude forcing events like earthquakes and severe strorms greatly influence regional landslide activity. Here, we investigate geomorphic factors contributing to slope instability prior to, during, and after four extreme-forcing events: the 2008 MW 7.9 Wenchuan, China, earthquake, the […]

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