El grup fa recerca en l’anàlisi, monitorització i modelització en enginyeria geològica, especialment l’anàlisi de les característiques i comportament dels massissos rocosos i l’avaluació de riscos geològics. Les principals línies de recerca són: 1) captura remota de dades geològiques; 2) construcció de models 3D del terreny; 3) caracterització, monitorització i modelització de la ruptura de massissos rocosos i de formacions superficials (en particular, esllavissades, fluxos torrencials i despreniments rocosos); 4) avaluació de a perillositat, vulnerabilitat i el risc; i 5) desenvolupament de sistemes d’alerta primerenca i d’alarma de fenòmens d’origen geològic.

El grupo realiza investigación en el análisis, auscultación y modelización en ingeniería geológica, especialmente el análisis de las características y el comportamiento de macizos rocosos y la evaluación de riesgos geológicos. Las principales líneas de investigación son: 1) captura remota de datos geológicos; 2) modelización 3D de la estructura geológica del terreno; 3) caracterización, auscultación y modelización de los mecanismos de rotura de macizos rocosos y formaciones superficiales (en particular, deslizamientos, flujos torrenciales y desprendimientos rocosos); 4) evaluación de la peligrosidad, vulnerabilidad y riesgo; 5) desarrollo de sistemas de alerta temprana y alarma de fenómenos de origen geológico.

The group performs research on the analysis, monitoring, and modelling in engineering geology focussing on the analysis of the characteristics and behaviour of the rock masses, and on the evaluation of geological risks. The main research interest is: 1) application of remote sensing techniques for the capture of geological data; 2) 3D modelling of the ground; 3) characterization, monitoring and modelling of failure mechanisms of the rock masses and surficial formations (particularly, landslides, torrential processes, and rockfalls); 4) hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment; 5) design of early warning and alarm systems of geological processes.

The group performs research on the analysis, monitoring, and modelling in engineering geology focussing on the analysis of the characteristics and behaviour of the rock masses, and on the evaluation of geological risks. The main research interest is: 1) application of remote sensing techniques for the capture of geological data; 2) 3D modelling of the ground; 3) characterization, monitoring and modelling of failure mechanisms of the rock masses and surficial formations (particularly, landslides, torrential processes, and rockfalls); 4) hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment; 5) design of early warning and alarm systems of geological processes.

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  • Past, present and future monitoring at the Vallcebre landslide (Eastern Pyrenees, Spain) 

    Gili Ripoll, José Antonio; Corominas Dulcet, Jordi; Moya Sánchez, José; Crosetto, Michele; Montserrat, Oriol (2021-01)
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    Works carried out to monitor the displacements of the Vallcebre landslide (Pyrenees range, NE of Spain) since 1987 are presented. The landslide, which extends over an area of about 0.8 km2 and affects more than 20 × 106 ...
  • Effect of climate change on slope stability: a numerical analysis using predictions of the Catalan Pyrenees 

    Rodríguez, Stephania; Puig i Polo, Càrol; Lloret Morancho, Antonio; Vaunat, Jean; Hurlimann Ziegler, Marcel (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2021)
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    The effect of climate change on soil loss processes in mountainous areas represents a current and critical problem. In this work, this issue is addressed through the analysis of the stability of different types of slopes ...
  • Effect of land cover and climate changes on rainfall-induced landslides: regional-scale modelling in the Val d’Aran (Pyrenees, Spain) 

    Hurlimann Ziegler, Marcel; Medina Iglesias, Vicente César de; Lloret Morancho, Antonio; Vaunat, Jean; Puig i Polo, Càrol; Moya Sánchez, José (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), 2021)
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    The analysis of the impacts of future environmental changes on rainfall-induced landslides is of great importance. Recent studies have shown that these changes will affect the frequency and magnitude of shallow slides and ...
  • Slope orientation and vegetation effects on soil thermo-hydraulic behavior: an experimental study 

    Oorthuis Gómez, Raül; Vaunat, Jean; Hurlimann Ziegler, Marcel; Lloret Morancho, Antonio; Moya Sánchez, José; Puig i Polo, Càrol; Fraccica, Alessandro (2021-01)
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    The stability and erosion of natural and man-made slopes is influenced by soil-vegetation-atmosphere interactions and the thermo-hydro-mechanical slope conditions. Understanding such interactions at the source of slope ...
  • Analysis of fragmentation of rock blocks from real-scale tests 

    Ruiz Carulla, Roger; Corominas Dulcet, Jordi; Gili Ripoll, José Antonio; Matas Casado, Gerard; Lantada, Nieves; Moya Sánchez, José; Prades Valls, Albert; Núñez Andrés, María Amparo; Buill Pozuelo, Felipe; Puig i Polo, Càrol (2020-08)
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    Real-scale fragmentation tests provide high quality data in order to study the fragmentation pattern of rock blocks. In the tests carried out, the initial rock mass, in terms of both volume and shape, was reconstructed by ...
  • Influence of the mapping unit for regional landslide early warning systems: comparison between pixels and polygons in Catalonia (NE Spain) 

    Palau Berastegui, Rosa Maria; Hurlimann Ziegler, Marcel; Berenguer Ferrer, Marc; Sempere Torres, Daniel (2020-09)
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    This work presents a prototype landslide early warning system (LEWS) adapted to real-time performance over the region of Catalonia (NE Spain). The system uses high-resolution rainfall information obtained from weather radar ...
  • Simulation of full-scale rockfall tests with a fragmentation model 

    Matas Casado, Gerard; Lantada, Nieves; Corominas Dulcet, Jordi; Gili Ripoll, José Antonio; Ruiz Carulla, Roger; Prades Valls, Albert (2020-05)
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    In this paper, we present the upgraded version of RockGIS, a stochastic program for the numerical simulation of rockfalls and their fragmentation, based on a fractal model. The code has been improved to account for a range ...
  • Calculation of the rockwall recession rate of a limestone cliff, affected by rockfalls, using cosmogenic chlorine-36: case study of the Montsec range (Eastern Pyrenees, Spain) 

    Domènech Surinyach, Guillem; Corominas Dulcet, Jordi; Mavrouli, Olga Christina (2018-04)
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    Cliff erosion may be a major problem in settled areas affecting populations and producing economic and ecological losses. In this paper we present a procedure to calculate the long-term retreat rate of a cliff affected by ...
  • Recommendations for the quantitative analysis of landslide risk 

    Corominas Dulcet, Jordi; van Westen, Cees; Frattini, P.; Cascini, L; Malet, Jean-Philippe; Fotopoulou, Stavroula D.; Catani, F; Mavrouli, Olga Christina; Pitilakis, Kyriazis D.; Winter, Mike (2014-05)
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    This paper presents recommended methodologies for the quantitative analysis of landslide hazard, vulnerability and risk at different spatial scales (site-specific, local, regional and national), as well as for the verification ...
  • DebrisInterMixing-2.3: a finite volume solver for three-dimensional debris-flow simulations with two calibration parameters. Part 2: Model validation with experiments 

    von Boetticher, A.; Turowski, J; McArdell, Brian, W; Rickenmann, Dieter; Hurlimann Ziegler, Marcel; Scheidl, Christian; Kirchner, J (2017-11)
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    Here, we present validation tests of the fluid dynamic solver presented in von Boetticher et al. (2016), simulating both laboratory-scale and large-scale debris-flow experiments. The new solver combines a Coulomb viscoplastic ...
  • Determinación de trayectorias de bloques rocosos en ensayos mediante videogrametría 

    Prades Valls, Albert; Matas Casado, Gerard; Núñez Andrés, María Amparo; Buill Pozuelo, Felipe; Lantada, Nieves; Corominas Dulcet, Jordi (Universitat Politècnica de València, 2017)
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    La trayectoria de un bloque que cae por un talud no es fácil de determinar porque influyen muchas variables difíciles de cuantificar. Ello requiere del conocimiento de cómo estas variables afectan a las trayectorias. En ...
  • Damage analysis of masonry structures subjected to rockfalls 

    Mavrouli, Olga Christina; Giannopoulos, P. G.; Carbonell Puigbó, Josep Maria; Syrmakezis, Costas (2017-06-01)
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    Masonry structures present substantial vulnerability to rockfalls. The methodologies for the damage quantification of masonry structures subjected to rockfalls are scarce. An analytical procedure for the damage assessment ...

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