1st Year

Slope stability in volcanic areas

Description including Unit Aims

Volcanotectonics is a multidisciplinary scientific field that joins the principles and methods of structural geology, tectonics, geodesy, and physics to volcanological research. Introduction to volcanotectonics. Methods of volcanotectonics (structural geology, models, remote sensing, geodesy). Deformation related to magmatic intrusion. Volcanotectonic processes: conditions for formation and propagation of dikes and sills. Formation of magma chambers and reservoirs. Deformation of volcanoes (faults in volcanic environments, caldera collapse, resurgence, sector collapse). Regional tectonic control on volcanism. Modelling of ground deformation. Use of Matlab and deformation models such as Mogi, Okada, and applications to case studies. Fieldtrip

Intended Learning Outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide knowledge about i) slope stability conditions and landslide processes, ii) methods for analyzing slope stability, iii) methods for predicting landslides runout, iv) methods for estimating landslide susceptibility and risk and remediation measures for unstable slopes of volcanic and peri-volcanic areas. Conversely from a traditional slope stability course, contents and case histories will be selected on the basis of their consistence with the geomorphologic environment of volcanic and peri-volcanic areas.

Assessment Information

Oral exam, which includes recognition/interpretation of a landslide through a photo.


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