Climate change and the role of unsaturated soil mechanics

D. G. Toll, J. Mendes, P. N. Hughes, S. Glendinning, D. Gallipoli

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides convincing evidence of global warming as a result of increased greenhouse gas production. There has been a greater occurrence of extreme climate events in recent decades. We need to ensure that our buildings and infrastructure can cope with such events and possibly more extreme events in the future. A good grounding in unsaturated soil mechanics will be necessary to understand future changes involving the drying and desiccation of soils that will occur in dry seasons and the wetting and infiltration processes that prevail during wet seasons. To predict the impacts of climate change will require the use of robust numerical modelling of climate/soil interactions that can be used to model the effects of future climate regimes. To achieve this we need high quality field observations involving climate/soil interaction that can be used to validate the models. This paper reports on a study in the UK to acquire such data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalGeotechnical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


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