Stability Assessment, Potential Collapses and Future Evolution of the West Face of the Drus (3,754 m a.s.l., Mont Blanc Massif)

  • Battista MatasciEmail author
  • Michel Jaboyedoff
  • Ludovic Ravanel
  • Philip Deline
Conference paper


A structural analysis was performed in the field and using Terrestrial Laser Scanning point clouds. The failure mechanisms and volumes of the collapses in the last decades have been studied and calculated to be able to assess the future evolution of the stability of the west face of the Drus.


Rockfall TLS Structural geology Failure mechanism Permafrost 



This research was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF, grant 200021-127132/1) and the Alpine Space PermaNET project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Battista Matasci
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michel Jaboyedoff
    • 1
  • Ludovic Ravanel
    • 2
  • Philip Deline
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Earth Sciences (ISTE)University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.EDYTEM LabUniversity of Savoie—CNRSLe Bourget du LacFrance

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