Climate change and the role of unsaturated soil mechanics

Toll, D. G., Mendes, Joao, Hughes, P. N., Glendinning, Stephanie and Gallipoli, Domenico (2012) Climate change and the role of unsaturated soil mechanics. Geotechnical Engineering, 43 (1). pp. 76-82. ISSN 0046-5828

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides convincing evidence of global warming as a result of increased greenhouse gas production. There has been a greater occurrence of extreme climate events in recent decades. We need to ensure that our buildings and infrastructure can cope with such events and possibly more extreme events in the future. A good grounding in unsaturated soil mechanics will be necessary to understand future changes involving the drying and desiccation of soils that will occur in dry seasons and the wetting and infiltration processes that prevail during wet seasons. To predict the impacts of climate change will require the use of robust numerical modelling of climate/soil interactions that can be used to model the effects of future climate regimes. To achieve this we need high quality field observations involving climate/soil interaction that can be used to validate the models. This paper reports on a study in the UK to acquire such data.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
H200 Civil Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 12:05
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 20:00

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