Landslides in Sensitive Clays

From Geosciences to Risk Management

  • Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux
  • Ariane Locat
  • Serge Leroueil
  • Denis Demers
  • Jacques Locat

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 36)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Ariane Locat, Serge Leroueil, Denis Demers, Jacques Locat
    Pages 1-12
  3. Sensitive Clay: Source, Nature and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Jacques Locat, Daniel St-Gelais
      Pages 25-37
    3. Pascal Suer, Hjördis Löfroth, Yvonne Andersson-Sköld
      Pages 51-62
    4. Tonje E. Helle, Ingelin Gjengedal, Arnfinn Emdal, Per Aagaard, Øyvind Høydal
      Pages 63-74
  4. Landslide Characterization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Denis Demers, Denis Robitaille, Pascal Locat, Janelle Potvin
      Pages 77-89
    3. V. Thakur, S. A. Degago, F. Oset, R. Aabøe, B. K. Dolva, K. Aunaas et al.
      Pages 91-103
    4. Marten Geertsema, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux
      Pages 105-117
    5. Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Ragnar Moholdt, Vidar Gjelsvik, Einar Lyche
      Pages 145-156
  5. Integrated Geotechnical and Geophysical Site Investigations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Shane Donohue, Michael Long, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Inger-Lise Solberg, Guillaume Sauvin, Magnus Rømoen et al.
      Pages 159-178
    3. Inger-Lise Solberg, Louise Hansen, Jan Steinar Rønning, Einar Dalsegg
      Pages 179-191

About this book


Landslides in sensitive clays represent a major hazard in the northern countries of the world such as Canada, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and in the US state of Alaska. Past and recent examples of catastrophic landslides at e.g. Saint-Jean-Vianney in 1971, Rissa in 1979, Finneidfjord in 1996 and Kattmarka in 2009 have illustrated the great mobility of the remolded sensitive clays and their hazardous retrogressive potential. These events call for a better understanding of landslide in sensitive clay terrain to assist authorities with state-of-the-art hazard assessment methods, risk management schemes, mitigation measures and planning. During the last decades the elevated awareness regarding slope movement in sensitive clays has led to major advances in mapping techniques and development of highly sophisticated geotechnical and geophysical investigation tools. Great advances in numerical techniques dealing with progressive failure and landslide kinematic have also lead to increase understanding and predictability of landslides in sensitive clays and their consequences. This volume consists of the latest scientific research by international experts dealing with geological, geotechnical and geophysical aspects of slope failure in sensitive clays and focuses on understanding the full spectrum of challenges presented by landslides in such brittle materials.


Geotechnical and Geophysical Investigations Hazard Assessment Hazard and Risk Management Landslide Numerical Analysis Quick Clay Risk Assessment Sensitive Clay Site Investigation

Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux
    • 1
  • Ariane Locat
    • 2
  • Serge Leroueil
    • 3
  • Denis Demers
    • 4
  • Jacques Locat
    • 5
  1. 1.Norwegian Geotechnical InstituteTrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Department of Civil Engineering and Water EngineeringLaval UniversityQuebecCanada
  3. 3.Department of Civil Engineering and Water EngineeringLaval UniversityQuebecCanada
  4. 4.Service de la géotechnique et de la géologieMinistère des Transports du QuébecQuebecCanada
  5. 5.Department of Geology adn Geological EngineeringLaval UniversityQuebecCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7078-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7079-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1878-9897
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-6959
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