Landslides represent a relevant problem for most of the countries overlooking the Mediterranean. This trivial consideration should prompt researchers, professionals, and stakeholders in this region to form closer relationships and engage themselves in a continuous exchange of data and ideas to find common strategies of landslide risk mitigation.
A common problem concerns the stability of slopes in hard fissured soils, weak rocks and flysch deposits, which are widespread all over the region, posing major problems to the development of these areas. In the last decades, the geo-engineering community has occasionally focused on these complex materials. In 1977 the Italian Geotechnical Society held an International Conference on “The Geotechnics of Structurally Complex Formations” in Capri. Sixteen years later, the Hellenic Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering and the French Committee for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering jointly organized an international symposium in Athens on “The Geotechnical Engineering of Hard Soils and Soft Rocks” (1993). The Italian Geotechnical Society picked up on this initiative five years later, organizing the Second International Symposium on “The Geotechnics of Hard Soils and Soft Rocks” (Naples, 1998). Finally, in 2011, the Greek community organized the 15th European Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Athens, which was devoted to “The Geotechnics of Hard Soils and Weak Rocks”.
It is evident that the behaviour of such a wide and complex class of materials, spreading across large areas in this corner of the world, cannot be interpreted simply through the basic laws of the Soil or Rock Mechanics. This is because they lay in a grey area between the two families of soils and rocks, showing distinct and special features, which are related to the origin of such materials and then to the geological processes which led to their deposition and evolution. On the other hand, it is just from all these complex settings that most of the problems arise, and it is to this that scholars and professionals should be devote their efforts.
With the goal in mind of urging the people living on the Mediterranean to join their efforts, we decided to organize a Mediterranean Symposium on Landslides (MSL) in Napoli in June, 2021, hoping that this initiative will be the first of a series of similar periodic events.
Giovanni Battista Crosta and Luciano Picarelli
TRIGGERS AND MECHANISMS
This session is aimed at describing preparatory, conditioning and triggering factors and events. The main topic of this session will be the typology of slope failure processes which take place in these geomaterials, focusing in particular on the role of the geological structure and settings, the hydrologic regime, the soil properties and the natural stress field. Wide room is also left to description of the impact of weather, including climate changes, and of seismic activity on landslide triggering.
INVESTIGATIONS, MONITORING AND ANALYSIS
The scope of this session is to present data about the most relevant aspects of site and laboratory investigation, field monitoring and slope stability analysis from case studies of the Mediterranean region, accounting for thepeculiar material properties and features of the slope response to triggers. The performance of different monitoring and investigation techniques will be discussed.
The scope of this session is to give room to some very important and often disregarded issues: i) the design, construction and performance of works aimed at slope stabilization or at mitigating the effects of slope movements; ii) the interaction between active landslides and man-made works, a typical problem in areas, occupied by unstable formations, where are located facilities and infrastructures. This should provide data and information useful to create a connection to risk and cost-benefit analysis, and to guide stakeholders in risk mitigation decisional processes.
June, 7, 2021 (first day)
09:15 Opening session
SESSION 1 - GEOLOGICAL SETTING, TRIGGERS AND MECHANISMS
09:30 Special Lecture
10:15 Coffee Break
1.1 Geological setting
10:45 Invited Lecture
11:10 4 presentations
12:50 Invited Lecture
14:25 4 presentations
16:05 Coffee Break
16:35 4 presentations
June, 8, 2021 (second day)
09:00 Special Lecture
SESSION 2 - INVESTIGATIONS, MONITORING AND ANALYSIS
09:45 Invited Lecture
10:10 Coffe Break
10:40 Invited Lecture
11:05 4 presentations
12:45 Invited Lecture
14:20 4 presentations
16:00 Coffee Break
16:30 4 presentations
June, 9, 2021 (third day)
09:00 Special Lecture
09:45 Best paper
10:10 Coffee Break
SESSION 3 - INFRASTRUCTURE INTERACTION / REMEDIAL MEASURES, LANDSLIDE STRUCTURE
3.1 Infrastructure interaction
10:40 Invited Lecture
11:05 4 presentations
3.2 Remedial measures, landslide structure
12:45 Invited Lecture
14:20 4 presentations
CALL FOR PAPERS
The MSL-2021 Organizing Committee welcomes papers relating to the general Symposium themes.
The template for the abstract is available on the website.
The Authors should send their contributions to , specifying the chosen session. The accepted abstracts will be available on the website.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR SUBMISSION
• Abstract submission deadline: extended until 28 July 2020
• Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection: 31 July 2020
• Paper submission deadline: 30 November 2020
• Notification of final decision to authors: 18 January 2021
• Paper submission of revised version: 15 February 2021
Any paper will be peer reviewed by two independent reviewers.
The papers should be original and should not contain any plagiarism.
The MSL-2021 Organizing Committee reserves the right not to publish any paper that violates such requirements.
The accepted papers will be published in the Scopus indexed Italian Geotechnical Journal.
The formatting instructions are available at the following web site:
The papers selected for oral presentation should be presented by the Author or by a co-Author.
BEST PAPER PRIZE
A special committee will select the best paper, which will receive a special prize.
SESSION I – TRIGGERS AND MECHANISMS
Arbanas Z., Peranić J., Vivoda Prodan M., Jagodnik V., Jagodnik P. and Arbanas S.M.
Triggering Mechanism in Landslides in Flysch Formations: Examples from Croatia
Berti M., Borgatti L., Guerriero L., Revellino P. and Guadagno F.M.
Landslides of the flow type in the northern and southern Apennines of Italy
Federico F. and Cesali C.
Mechanical behavior of debris flows triggered from slopes in clays formations
Guerriero L., Ruzza G., Calcaterra D., Guadagno F.M. and Revellino P.
Accelerating creep in deep-seated landslides moving along clay layers
Guillen L., Thiery Y., Dewez T., Levy C., Bourbon P., Caritg S., Martins L., Garnier C., Cuccurullo A. and
Characterization of tectonics, geomechanics and geomorphology as predisposition factors of slope instability by multicriteria analysis
Loew S., Maissen J. and Aaron J.
Strain Partitioning in the Triesenberg Earthflow
Picarelli L., Di Maio C., Tommasi P. and Urciuoli G.
Considerations about the pore pressure regime in structurally complex formations
Zerkal O.V., Fomenko I.K., Samarin E.N. and Shubina D.D.
The stability assessment of the “Kabardinka” landslide in carbonate-terrigenous flysch (western Caucasus, Russia)
SESSION II – INVESTIGATIONS, MONITORING AND ANALYSIS
Bardanis M., Cavounidis S. and Dounias G.
Pore-pressure regime and triggering of palaeo-landslides in flysch in the Metsovitikos Valley in Northwestern Greece
Berti M., Di Paola G., Simoni A. and Vignaroli G.
Mobilized strength of a cretaceous flysch from back-analysis of deep-seated landslides
Confuorto P., Bianchini S., Del Soldato M., Festa D., Intrieri E., Raspini F. and Casagli N.
Sentinel-1 based landslide mapping and monitoring experiences in Italy: state-of-the-art and future perspectives
Conte E., Pugliese L. and Troncone A.
Analysis of an excavation-induced landslide in stiff clay using the material point method
De Rosa J., Ghalamzan F., Gajo A. and Di Maio C.
Swelling and swelling pressure of clay soils: experimental data and model simulations
di Lernia A., Cotecchia F., Elia G., Tagarelli V.and Santaloia F.
Assessing the influence of hydraulic processes on the stability of a clayey slope: the Fontana Monte case study
Di Maio C. and Picarelli L.
About the effects of deterioration on the mechanical response of stiff fine-grained saturated geomaterials
Guillen L., Thiery Y., Dewez T., Levy C., Bourbon P., Caritg S., Martins L., Garnier C., Cuccurullo A. and Gallipoli D.
Jaboyedoff M., Bonnard C., Derron M.H., Franz M., Gracchi T., Jongmans D., Larose E. and Michoud C.
Jagodnik V., Jagodnik P. and Arbanas Z.
Application of a simple empirical model for shear strength degradation of clays from the Vinodol Valley, Croatia
Karantanellis E., Marinos V., Papathanassiou G. and Azas A.
3D Landslide Assessment and Monitoring in a Heterogeneous Geological Environment using Close-Range Aerial Photogrammetry
Khalil S. and Chehade F.H.
Dahr El Baidar slope stability - Experimental characterization and analysis
Lehn J. and Biczók E.
Numerical simulation of slope stabilization by using high tensile steel wire meshes
Napoli M.L., Milan L., Barbero M. and Scavia C.
Challenges in the characterization of block-in-matrix geomaterials
Pazzi V., Morelli S. and Fanti R.
Geophysical methods applied in the study of stiff clays and flysch formations: a review
Picarelli L., Comegna L. and Urciuoli G.
Groundwater flow and operative strength in shallow earthflows in tectonized clay shales
Ranaldo M., Di Martire D., Ciarcia S. and Calcaterra D.
Landslide susceptibility assessment in the southern sector of the Tammaro River basin (Italy)
Rosi A., Segoni S., Gallucci A., Monni A. and Casagli N.
The role of antecedent rainfall in the triggering of landslides and its use in landslide EWS
Valkaniotis S., Karantanellis E., Vassou A., Marinos V. and Papathanassiou G.
Spatial and temporal evolution of a recurrent landslide - Ropoto, Greece
Vassallo R., De Rosa J., Di Maio C., Reale D. and Fornaro G.
In situ and satellite long-term monitoring of two slow clayey landslides and of the structures built on them
SESSION III – REMEDIAL MEASURES, LANDSLIDE-STRUCTURE/INFRASTRUCTURE INTERACTION
Comegna L. and Picarelli L.
The interaction between slow slope movements and tunnels
Cotecchia F., Tagarelli V. and Varesano A.
A novel coupled hydro-mechanical modelling to design medium depth drainage trench systems for mitigating deep landsliding
De Rosa J., Di Maio C. and Scaringi G.
Chemo-mechanical analysis of an earthflow in southern Italy and study of remedial measures
Fareniyk G., Trofymchuk O., Ischenko Y., Melashenko Y. and Kaliukh I.
The retaining wall collapse prevention during the multifunctional complex construction on the slope of Staronavodnytska ravine in Kyiv
Jovičić V., Galuf S. and Muhić E.
Construction of Tunnel Portal Structures within the Active Landslide Bodies
Ruggeri P., Fruzzetti V. and Scarpelli G.
Design of retaining structures in Stiff Jointed Clay Formations: a practical example
Sepe C., De Stefano R., Di Martire D., Infante D. and Ramondini M.
Integrated analysis system for the design of risk mitigation works
Shulin R., Zhigang T., Manchao H., Shihui P., Haotian X. and Senlin L.
Stability analysis and support measures of large open-pit gold mine slopes in Urad Middle Banner, Inner Mongolia, China
Slyusarenko Y., Lebid O., Ischenko Y., Melashenko Y and Kaliukh I.
Reconstruction in the conditions of the restraint urban development and slope deformations
Tagarelli V., Cotecchia F., Santaloia F. and Bottiglieri O.
Preliminary field data of selected deep-rooted vegetation effects on the slope-vegetation-atmosphere interaction: results from an in-situ test