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Handbook: ‘Application of eco- and bio-engineering techniques to improve tree stability, soil erosion and slope stability on unstable slopes’

The manual of 146pp pages and eight chapters has been written by the consortium and is entitled ‘Application of eco- and bio-engineering techniques to improve tree stability, soil erosion and slope stability on unstable slopes.’ A fieldwork handbook was also written in the first year of the project, by all the partners. This handbook may also be included in the manual, and the entire package is currently being considered for publication by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands.

This book will assist eco-engineers in choosing the most suitable plants for use on slopes that are prone to a variety of mass movements e.g. shallow failure or erosion. The book reviews the types of problematic slopes that an eco-engineer may encounter and describes briefly the nature of mass movements and the causes of these movements.

Before a plant can be chosen for a particular function, its physical and hydrological properties must be determined, thus the root architecture and tensile strength of grasses, shrubs and trees are described and the hydrological and mechanical factors of vegetation are discussed. Depending on the use of the slope, the eco-engineer may wish to ascertain either the stability of the slope or the stability of the vegetation or that of both vegetation and slope, therefore slope stability analysis methods are reviewed and the contribution the vegetation has on the stability of the slope are explained. Models to assess the stability of vegetation, especially on forested slopes are also reviewed.

This book introduces new eco-engineering techniques for stabilising active rockfalls on steep, forested slopes and slopes that are prone to soil erosion following wild fires, as well as providing user friendly information on the traditional ground bio-engineering techniques and tables of plants suitable for different functions. Case studies where eco-engineering measures have been put into practice are discussed.

The manual can be used in conjunction with the Slopes Decision Support System or as a stand alone book. This book is not only aimed at end-users but can be used by a wider audience including University students.

The manual brings together the expertise in civil engineering, forestry, hydrology, ecology and slope stability from six European countries with widely contrasting geographic, cultural and scientific differences. If published in 2005 by Kluwer, publicity will be carried out by them professionally both at a European and an international level, therefore project results will be widely disseminated.

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