GEO4170 - Landslides and debris flow
This course introduces the physics of landslides occurring in rocks and soils. It will include an overview of rheological flows, granular flows, rock falls and topples, and other gravity mass flows. Basic concepts in friction, cohesion, shear strength, fluid mechanics and granular flow relevant for understanding the dynamics of slides as well as slope instability and slope failure problems will be introduced.
You will gain a basic understanding of the physical processes that control landslides and debris flows and how they affect slide potential and run-out distance.
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Some knowledge of geomechanics (geotechnics).
Recommended previous knowledge
Overlapping courses10 credits overlap with GEO4171 - Floods and landslides and 10 credits overlap with GEO9170 - Landslides and debris flows.
Lectures, exercises, presentations, discussions.
Compulsory class exercises (counts 20%), seminar presentation on prescribed topic (counts 30%), final oral examination (counts 50%). All parts must be passed. All parts of assessment will be conducted in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
External auditor: Stein Bondevik
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Special examination arrangements
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