Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences

5th International Symposium

  • Yasuhiro Yamada
  • Kiichiro Kawamura
  • Ken Ikehara
  • Yujiro Ogawa
  • Roger Urgeles
  • David Mosher
  • Jason Chaytor
  • Michael Strasser

Part of the Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research book series (NTHR, volume 31)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Yasuhiro Yamada, Kiichiro Kawamura, Ken Ikehara, Yujiro Ogawa, Roger Urgeles, David Mosher et al.
    Pages 1-12
  3. Physical Properties of Sediments and Slope Stability Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Maarten Vanneste, Jean-Sebastien L’Heureux, Nicole Baeten, Jo Brendryen, Mark E. Vardy, Alois Steiner et al.
      Pages 29-41
    3. Samantha Clarke, Thomas Hubble, David Airey, Phyllis Yu, Ron Boyd, John Keene et al.
      Pages 55-66
    4. Genevieve Cauchon-Voyer, Jacques Locat, Guillaume St-Onge, Serge Leroueil, Patrick Lajeunesse
      Pages 67-76
    5. Arito Sakaguchi, Shunji Yokoyama, Yoshitaka Hashimoto, Tomomasa Yamada, Akio Tanaka, Kohtaro Ujiie et al.
      Pages 77-86
    6. Susann Henkel, Tilmann Schwenk, Till J. J. Hanebuth, Michael Strasser, Natascha Riedinger, Michael Formolo et al.
      Pages 87-97
    7. Alois Steiner, Jean-Sebastien L’Heureux, Achim Kopf, Maarten Vanneste, Oddvar Longva, Matthias Lange et al.
      Pages 99-109
    8. Gauvain Wiemer, Anna Reusch, Michael Strasser, Stefan Kreiter, Daniel Otto, Tobias Mörz et al.
      Pages 111-121
    9. Dominique Turmel, Jacques Locat, Gary Parker
      Pages 123-132
  4. Seafloor Geomorphology for Trigger Mechanisms and Landslide Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. David C. Mosher, John Shimeld, Deborah Hutchinson, Nina Lebedeva-Ivanova, C. Borden Chapman
      Pages 147-157
    3. Jan Sverre Laberg, Hilde B. Johannessen, Matthias Forwick, Michael Ivanov, Tore O. Vorren
      Pages 159-166
    4. Leif Rise, Shyam Chand, Haflidi Haflidason, Jean Sebastian L’Heureux, Berit Oline Hjelstuen, Valerie Bellec et al.
      Pages 167-176
    5. Mathias Meyer, Jacob Geersen, Sebastian Krastel, Tilmann Schwenk, Daniel Winkelmann
      Pages 177-188
    6. Sebastian Krastel, Russell B. Wynn, Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, Jacob Geersen, Rüdiger Henrich, Mathias Meyer et al.
      Pages 189-199

About these proceedings


Submarine mass movements represent major offshore geohazards due to their destructive and tsunami-generation potential.  This potential poses a threat to human life as well as to coastal, nearshore and offshore engineering structures. Recent examples of catastrophic submarine landslide events that affected human populations (including tsunamis) are numerous; e.g., Nice airport in 1979, Papua-New Guinea in 1998, Stromboli in 2002, Finneidfjord in 1996, and the 2006 and 2009 failures in the submarine cable network around Taiwan. The Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 also generated submarine landslides that may have amplified effects of the devastating tsunami. Given that 30% of the World’s population live within 60 km of the coast, the hazard posed by submarine landslides is expected to grow as global sea level rises. This elevated awareness of the need for better understanding of submarine landslides is coupled with great advances in submarine mapping, sampling and monitoring technologies. Laboratory analogue and numerical modeling capabilities have also developed significantly of late. Multibeam sonar, 3D seismic reflection, and remote and autonomous underwater vehicle technologies provide hitherto unparalleled imagery of the geology beneath the oceans, permitting investigation of submarine landslide deposits in great detail. Increased and new access to drilling, coring, in situ measurements and monitoring devices allows for ground-thruth of geophysical data and provides access to samples for geotechnical laboratory experiments and information on in situ strength and effective stress conditions of underwater slopes susceptible to fail. Great advances in numerical simulation techniques of submarine landslide kinematics and tsunami propagation, particularly since the 2004 Sumatra tsunami, have also lead to increased understanding and predictability of submarine landslide consequences.

This volume consists of the latest scientific research by international experts in geological, geophysical, engineering and environmental aspects of submarine mass failure, focused on understanding the full spectrum of challenges presented by submarine mass movements and their consequences.


Hazard Marine Mass-movement Submarine landslide Tsunamis

Editors and affiliations

  • Yasuhiro Yamada
    • 1
  • Kiichiro Kawamura
    • 2
  • Ken Ikehara
    • 3
  • Yujiro Ogawa
    • 4
  • Roger Urgeles
    • 5
  • David Mosher
    • 6
  • Jason Chaytor
    • 7
  • Michael Strasser
    • 8
  1. 1., Department of Earth Resources EngineerinKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Fukada Geological InstituteTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Geological Survey of JapanIbarakiJapan
  4. 4.University of TsukubaTsukubamiraiJapan
  5. 5.Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  6. 6.Natural Resources Canada, Bedford Institute of OceanographyGeological Survey of CanadaDartmouthCanada
  7. 7.Woods Hole Science CenterUnited States Geological SurveyWoods HoleUSA
  8. 8., Geological InstituteETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2161-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2162-3
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