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Improve our understanding of Rock Slope Failures using calving events

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
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 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-06-01   to  2018-05-31


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 Project objective

Rock-slope failure (RSF) processes show very similar fingerprints to ice failures on glacier termini, nevertheless, progressive failures on glacier fronts occur at a much higher rate than that observed on mountain cliffs, which may lead to the latter being used as a proxy for investigating the occurrence of RSF in Alpine areas.

I will originally investigate the observed similarities between ice and rock gravity-driven instabilities by monitoring glacier fronts using a dynamic three dimensional remote sensing approach. My research aims are to explore: (a) the spatial distribution and temporal dynamics of glacier front instabilities; (b) differential changes in the rate of displacement occurring at several parts of glacier fronts; (c) the existence of structural controls on the failure mechanisms of calving events; (d) the nature of the Magnitude-Frequency calving laws at a high level of detail; (e) The forecasting of single calving events. The back analysis of a plethora of calving events will be used to improve understanding of glacier front processes and also enables the development of better modelling solutions for rock and ice instabilities.

The application of rock slope analysis in glaciology is innovative, both for the extraction of single calving events and for the analysis of the precursory indicators preceding the rupture of portions of the glacier front. This investigation is of great importance not only for forecasting the spatial location and the temporal occurrence of calving events, but also for increasing the understanding of scientific problems related to the evolution of slope instabilities that were difficult to investigate to date due to temporal and technological constraints.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Jérémie Voumard, Antonio Abellán, Pierrick Nicolet, Ivanna Penna, Marie-Aurélie Chanut, Marc-Henri Derron, Michel Jaboyedoff
Using street view imagery for 3-D survey of rock slope failures
published pages: 2093-2107, ISSN: 1684-9981, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-2093-2017
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 17/12 2019-06-13
2017 A. Riquelme, M. Cano, R. Tomás, A. Abellán
Identification of Rock Slope Discontinuity Sets from Laser Scanner and Photogrammetric Point Clouds: A Comparative Analysis
published pages: 838-845, ISSN: 1877-7058, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2017.05.251
Procedia Engineering 191 2019-06-13
2017 Anette Eltner, Andreas Kaiser, Antonio Abellan, Marcus Schindewolf
Time lapse structure-from-motion photogrammetry for continuous geomorphic monitoring
published pages: 2240-2253, ISSN: 0197-9337, DOI: 10.1002/esp.4178
Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 42/14 2019-06-13
2017 Abellán, A., Kristensen, L., Jaboyedoff, M. and Blikra, L.
Real-time forecasting of slope kinematics in response to precipitation. Application to Veslemannen (SW Norway).
published pages: 36-39, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the Progressive rock failure conference 2017 2019-06-13
2017 Antoine Guerin, Antonio Abellán, Battista Matasci, Michel Jaboyedoff, Marc-Henri Derron, Ludovic Ravanel
Brief communication: 3-D reconstruction of a collapsed rock pillar from Web-retrieved images and terrestrial lidar data – the 2005 event of the west face of the Drus (Mont Blanc massif)
published pages: 1207-1220, ISSN: 1684-9981, DOI: 10.5194/nhess-17-1207-2017
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 17/7 2019-06-13
2017 Ryan A. Kromer, Emily Rowe, Jean Hutchinson, Matt Lato, Antonio Abellán
Rockfall risk management using a pre-failure deformation database
published pages: 1-12, ISSN: 1612-510X, DOI: 10.1007/s10346-017-0921-9
Landslides 2019-06-13
2018 R. Tomás, A. Abellán, M. Cano, A. Riquelme, A. J. Tenza-Abril, F. Baeza-Brotons, J. M. Saval, M. Jaboyedoff
A multidisciplinary approach for the investigation of a rock spreading on an urban slope
published pages: 199-217, ISSN: 1612-510X, DOI: 10.1007/s10346-017-0865-0
Landslides 15/2 2019-06-13
2017 Ryan A. Kromer, Antonio Abellán, D. Jean Hutchinson, Matt Lato, Marie-Aurelie Chanut, Laurent Dubois, Michel Jaboyedoff
Automated terrestrial laser scanning with near-real-time change detection – monitoring of the Séchilienne landslide
published pages: 293-310, ISSN: 2196-632X, DOI: 10.5194/esurf-5-293-2017
Earth Surface Dynamics 5/2 2019-06-13

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