Landslides in Sensitive Clays

From Research to Implementation

  • Vikas Thakur
  • Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux
  • Ariane Locat

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Vikas Thakur, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Ariane Locat
    Pages 1-11
  3. Characterization and Behavior of Sensitive Clays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Tonje Eide Helle, Per Aagaard, Steinar Nordal
      Pages 45-55
    3. Anders Samstad Gylland, Rolf Sandven, Alberto Montafia, Andreas Aspmo Pfaffhuber, Kristoffer Kåsin, Mike Long
      Pages 57-66
    4. Karine Bélanger, Ariane Locat, Richard Fortier, Denis Demers
      Pages 77-86
    5. Shane Gribben, Sara Bazin, Shane Donohue, V. Sivakumar, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux
      Pages 87-96
    6. Vikas Thakur, Samson Abate Degago, Juha Selänpää, Tim Länsivaara
      Pages 97-107
    7. Helene Alexandra Amundsen, H. Dang, Matthew Adamson, Arnfinn Emdal, Vikas Thakur
      Pages 121-131
    8. Anders Beijer Lundberg
      Pages 133-143
    9. Marco D’Ignazio, Hans Petter Jostad, Tim Länsivaara, Ville Lehtonen, Juho Mansikkamäki, Christopher Meehan
      Pages 145-154
    10. Ragnhild Håøy Grue, Dieter Issler, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Vikas Thakur
      Pages 155-166
    11. Sarah Bouchard, H. Ali, D. LeBoeuf, Serge Leroueil, G. Cascante
      Pages 167-176
  4. Pre-failure and Failure Stages

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Jörgen Johansson, Sarah Bouchard, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux
      Pages 191-201
    3. Ivan Depina, Cecilia Ulmke, Djamalddine Boumezerane, Vikas Thakur
      Pages 203-212
    4. Denise Leahy, Régis Bouchard, Serge Leroueil
      Pages 213-223
    5. Petter Fornes, Hans Petter Jostad
      Pages 225-235
    6. Ville Lehtonen, Tim Länsivaara
      Pages 237-247
    7. Vikas Thakur, Vidar Gjelsvik, Odd Arne Fauskerud, Stein Christensen, Frode Oset, Margareta Viklund et al.
      Pages 249-258
    8. Brian D. Carlton, Katherine Price, Maarten Vanneste, Carl Fredrik Forsberg
      Pages 267-276
  5. Post-failure Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 277-277
    2. Denis Demers, Denis Robitaille, Alexandre Lavoie, Stéphane Paradis, Alexis Fortin, Daniel Ouellet
      Pages 279-288
    3. Stein-Are Strand, Vikas Thakur, Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Suzanne Lacasse, Kjell Karlsrud, Trude Nyheim et al.
      Pages 289-300
    4. Dominique Turmel, Jacques Locat, Pascal Locat, Denis Demers
      Pages 301-310
    5. Quoc Anh Tran, Wojciech Solowski, Vikas Thakur, Minna Karstunen
      Pages 323-336
    6. Ashenafi Lulseged Yifru, Samson Abate Degago, Vikas Thakur
      Pages 337-346
  6. Case Records, Slides in Sensitive Sediments Including Offshore and Nearshore Slides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 359-359
    2. Jacques Locat, Dominique Turmel, Pascal Locat, Julie Therrien, M. Létourneau
      Pages 361-371
    3. Ernst Pytten, Trine Flobak, Hanne Bratlie Ottesen
      Pages 373-382
    4. Jean-Sébastien L’Heureux, Steinar Nordal, Synnøve W. Austefjord
      Pages 395-405
    5. Rolf Sandven, Konstantinos Kalomoiris, Tone Furuberg, Anders Samstad Gylland
      Pages 407-416
    6. Janelle Potvin, R. Mompin, Catherine Thibault, Denis Demers, Chantal Bilodeau, L. Desbiens
      Pages 417-427
  7. Sensitive Clays Mapping and Identification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. Hjördis Löfroth, Karin Lundström, Lena Persson, Mehrdad Bastani, J. Ekström, Colby A. Smith et al.
      Pages 431-441
    3. Asgeir Lysdahl, Andreas Aspmo Pfaffhuber, Helgard Anschütz, Kristoffer Kåsin, Sara Bazin
      Pages 443-452
    4. Mehrdad Bastani, Lena Persson, Hjördis Löfroth, Colby A. Smith, David Schälin
      Pages 463-474
    5. Vikas Chand Baranwal, Jan Steinar Rønning, Inger-Lise Solberg, Einar Dalsegg, Jan Fredrik Tønnesen, Mike Long
      Pages 475-485
    6. Rolf Sandven, Anders Samstad Gylland, Alberto Montafia, Andreas Aspmo Pfaffhuber, Kristoffer Kåsin, Mike Long
      Pages 497-507

About this book


This book gathers the most recent scientific research on the geological, geotechnical and geophysical aspects of slope failure in sensitive clays. Gathering contributions by international experts, it focuses on understanding the complete and practical spectrum of challenges presented by landslides in such complex materials. Based on sound and validated research results, the book also presents several recommendations that could be implemented in the guidelines or code-of-practice. These recommendations cover topics including the characterization and behavior of sensitive clays; the pre-failure, failure and post-failure stages of sensitive clays; mapping and identification methods; climate change; hazard assessment; and risk management.

Sensitive clays are known for their potential for causing large landslides, which pose a serious risk to human lives, infrastructure, and surrounding ecosystems within their reach. This has been demonstrated by the recent catastrophic landslides in e.g. Sørum (2016), Skjeggestad (2015), Statland (2014), Byneset (2012), St-Jude (2010), Lyngen (2010) and Kattmarka (2009). The 2015 collapse of the Skjeggestad Bridge in Norway – which was due to a landslide in sensitive clay – alone costs millions of dollars in repairs. Recently, efforts are being made to increase society’s ability to cope with such landslide hazards. Geoscientists are now expected to provide input to the agencies responsible for landslide-risk preparedness. In other words, geoscientists’ role is not only to act as technologists to establish new theories, but also to go the extra mile to implement them in practice, so as to find meaningful solutions to geotechnical problems.


Sensitive clay Landslide Hazard and risk management Numerical analysis Geotechnical and geophysical investigations Hazard assessment Quick clay Risk assessment Site investigation

Editors and affiliations

  • Vikas Thakur
    • 1
  • Jean-Sébastien L'Heureux
    • 2
  • Ariane Locat
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)TrondheimNorway
  2. 2.Trondheim DivisionNorwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)TrondheimNorway
  3. 3.Département de génie civil et de génie des eauxUniversité LavalQuébec CityCanada

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