The classification of rockslide dams

Reginald Hermanns, Kenneth Hewitt, Alexander Strom, Stephen G. Evans, Stuart Dunning, Gabriele Scarascia-Mugnozza

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The NATO Advanced Research Workshop - Security of natural and artificial rockslide dams in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) in June 2004 made obvious that rockslide dams are more complex than as defined in previous landslide dam classifications. This is a new three dimensional classification system considering the relation of rockslide-deposit and valley morphology. This system is a three-step classification considering A) the plan view distribution of the rockslide deposit within the valley and its relation to impounded water bodies, B) the cross valley profile of the rockslide deposit and the underlying valley morphology, and C) the profile of the rockslide debris and the underlying substrate along the thalweg of the valley. This classification system describes the rockslide dams in a way that it helps to define the hazard of outburst floods and to evaluate subsequent valley evolutions
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNatural and Artificial Rockslide Dams
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-3642047633
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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