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EPSRC Reference: GR/T26856/01
Title: Climate Impact Forecasting For Slopes (CLIFFS) Network
Principal Investigator: Dixon, Professor N
Other Investigators:
Chandler, Professor JH
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Dr TA Dijkstra
Project Partners:
British Waterways Cementation Skanska CH2M Hill (Halcrow)
Highways Agency Imperial College London Isle of Wight Council
Kingston University Mott Macdonald NERC Grouped
Newcastle University Nottingham Trent University UK Climate Impacts Programme
University of Birmingham University of Bristol
Department: Civil and Building Engineering
Organisation: Loughborough University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 28 February 2005 Ends: 27 February 2008 Value (£): 65,054
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Ground Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Water Construction
Transport Systems and Vehicles
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Slope instability of both natural and constructed slopes presently has a significant impact on the built environment and infrastructure in the UK. The topography, geology, present and past climatic conditions and human modification of the landscape result in slope processes being active over a significant area of the UK. Improved forecasting of trends of medium to long-term slope instability in the context of progressive climate change is required to assess the level of potential impacts on land use, maintenance and development of the built environment, transport infrastructure and utilities in the UK. This will lead to the development of appropriate monitoring, management, design and remediation strategies. To investigate this complex and multidisciplinary problem a network will be established to define the state-of-the-art, prioritise research areas and co-ordinate grant applications and dissemination activities. This will entail the participation of university academics, research and development agencies, stakeholders, consultants and climate specialists. The CLIFFS network supports the Engineering for Adaptation to Climate Change theme of the EPSRC Infrastructure and Environment Programme.
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