Recent Trends in Application of Electrical Resistivity Tomography for Landslide Study

  • Philips Omowumi Falae
  • D. P. Kanungo
  • P. K. S. Chauhan
  • Rajesh Kumar Dash
Conference paper


Landslide disasters are known to be complex geological event with high socioeconomic effects in terms of loss of lives and properties. Landslide study involves the application of a multidisciplinary approach. Various techniques involving both surface and subsurface methods have been applied to investigate and understand the mechanism of its occurrence. Application of geophysical tools is one of such advanced techniques. In this paper, the recent trend in application of Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) technique is being studied as it is a noninvasive method for investigation. ERT technique has been used widely for various landslides from rockfall to debris flow. The method has been applied to various geological conditions and environment to identify the slip surface, hydrological conditions, reconstruction of the slope body, estimation of the sliding materials volume/thickness, and depict the internal structures. Various array used in the measurement along with the algorithms for topographic inversion are also discussed. The results of 2D, 3D and 4D ERT techniques used in the recent times have been discussed. Future prospects and the limitations are also discussed.


Landslide Electrical resistivity Tomography Array 



The authors wish to acknowledge the TWAS and CSIR for the doctoral fellowship granted to the first author to carry out his research work in CSIR-CBRI, Roorkee. We would like to thank the Director of CSIR-CBRI for granting permission for the review to be published.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philips Omowumi Falae
    • 1
    • 2
  • D. P. Kanungo
    • 1
  • P. K. S. Chauhan
    • 1
  • Rajesh Kumar Dash
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Geotechnical Engineering GroupCSIR-Central Building Research InstituteRoorkeeIndia
  2. 2.Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)GhaziabadIndia

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