Special Issue "Climate Change and Geotechnical Engineering"

A special issue of Geosciences (ISSN 2076-3263).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Guido Rianna
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Guest Editor
Regional Models and Geo-Hydrological Impacts (REMHI) Division, CMCC Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: slope stability; hydrological modeling; water balance; evapotranspiration modeling; hydro-thermal modeling; landslides; evaporation; unsaturated soil
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Dr. Alfredo Reder
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Guest Editor
Regional Models and Geo-Hydrological Impacts (REMHI) Division, CMCC Foundation Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: weather-induced landslides; climate change adaptation; nature based solutions; physically-based approaches
Dr. Mary Antonette Beroya-Eitner
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Guest Editor
Institute for Geotechnics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Sciences, Technische Universität Darmstadt, 64289 Darmstadt, Germany
Interests: liquefaction; slope stability; unsaturated soil mechanics; climate change and geo-engineering; loess geohazards; expansive clays

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the 56th Rankine Lecture “Geotechnics, energy and climate change” by Prof. Jardine, it was stated how geotechnical engineering has matured sufficiently to contribute to resolving some of society’s grand challenges. Climate change represents one of these substantial challenges, recognized worldwide, that is having the greatest impact on our way of life and well-being.

In this view, geotechnical engineering can play a key role in terms of the adaptation of earth structures and slopes to climate changes. Specifically, there is an increasing need to quantify the impacts of more severe and frequent extreme events on the short- and long-term behaviour of earth structures and response of natural/engineered slopes. However, despite there being several large-scale studies devoted to investigating various aspects of climate change, a clear gap in the state of knowledge still exists with reference to the analysis of the resilience of geotechnical structures, and natural and engineered slopes to changes in climatic trends. Many of these climatic trends pose multi-physics problems, involving thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in soils and earth structures.

To support predictions and projections, last-generation datasets with high spatio-temporal resolution—like those from the Copernicus Services’ Portals—are useful to feed models, big data analytics enabling timely, robust, and efficient decisions.

This Special Issue enables researchers to broadly contribute to these topics by exploring how soil–atmosphere interactions and extreme event patterns in a changing climate can affect the performance of geotechnical structures and natural/engineered slopes, with a key perspective on the role of geotechnical engineering in climate adaptation.

It is recommended that authors approach, at an early stage, the Guest Editors about possible submissions to verify the appropriateness of their potential contributions. If appropriate, an abstract will be requested, and the corresponding author will be required to submit their full manuscript online by the deadline of 15 October 2021.

Dr. Alfredo Reder
Dr. Guido Rianna
Dr. Mary Antonette Beroya-Eitner
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Climate change
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Earth structure
  • Natural and engineered slopes
  • Extreme events

Published Papers

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