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Progressive Rock Failure conference, 5 – 8 June 2017

Geological materials change their strength properties through time, which has significant implications for the stability of natural and artificial slopes, surface or subsurface excavations, and deep boreholes used for energy production. The Engineering Geology Group at ETH Zurich will organize a conference to address these critical topics in a subsidized event overlooking Lake Maggiore in […]

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BSc Andrina Vlasek: Assessment of deep-seated landslide distributions in the Alps: Ticino

Candidate: Andrina Vlasek Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Andrea Manconi Institution: ETH zurich Activity: Completed summer 2016 Natural hazards such as landslides happen frequently in Switzerland, more than 6% of Switzerland’s area is prone to slope instability. Not all landscapes are equally prone to landslide instabilities, but depend on various factors, such as geologic (e.g. lithology), topographic (e.g. slope steepness) […]

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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   Share

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BSc Barbara Kessler: Stress changes and fracture development on the Zugspitzplatt as a result of deglaciation.

Candidate: Barbara Kessler Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter Institution: Technical University of Munich Activity: Completed summer 2015 The impact of glacier retreat on rock slope instability since the Last Glacial Maximum is the subject of ongoing debate. Rock slope activity since ice retreat is typically attributed to increased kinematic freedom as a result of erosion during glaciation, […]

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BSc Felix Hofmayer: Preconditioning of the Eibsee Bergsturz by deglaciation & development of near-surface critical stress

Candidate: Felix Hofmayer Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter Institution: Technical University of Munich Activity: Completed summer 2015 Especially in alpine areas with a high density of population there is a huge risk of heavy rockfalls. Most of all in case there is a touristic dependency for the region. The Zugspitze with Garmisch-Patenkirchen at the bottom is a […]

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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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EGU 2015: Geomechanics in natural environments (Tue, 14 Apr, 13:30–15:00)

The annual General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union is one of the largest meetings of Earth scientists in the world. It hosts the largest meeting of geomorphologists (scientists generally interested in processes such as river erosion, landslides, tectonics and glaciation), and with almost 15,000 abstracts submitted this year provides a great opportunity for scientists […]

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How different are the New Zealand and European Alps?

The answer is very, and it’s all down to climate, vegetation, and tectonics. Early winter in the central Swiss Alps (Saas Fee, Switzerland) Below are equally scaled Google Earth images of the Arolla Valley in the central Swiss Alps (left), and the Callery Valley on the western side of the New Zealand Alps (right). Of […]

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BSc Jan Kupp: Sub-glacial cementation and formation of cracks related to the retreat of the Schneeferner Glacier

Candidate: Jan Kupp Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter Institution: Technical University of Munich Activity: Completed summer 2014 Share

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BSc Benedikt Geisenhof: Strukturelle Analyse der Gatterl und Zugspitzplatt Felsstürze

Candidate: Benedikt Geisenhof Supervisors: Kerry Leith, Michael Krautblatter Institution: Technical University of Munich Activity: Completed summer 2014 Share

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