Tools for Soil Movements (Landslides and Erosion)

"Report: Tools for Soil Movements (Landslides and Erosion)"

is a thematic complement to the more general BalticClimate Toolkit.

One cornerstone to reach a sustainable development is to take natural hazards into account. Therefore a survey has been made based on a literature study and a questionnaire answered by the BalticClimate partners, member states of the “International Strategy for Disaster Reduction” and partners cooperating with the Swedish Geotechnical Institute (SGI). The investigation shows that there is a general lack of tools for soil movements in the countries in the Baltic Sea Region and that most of the existing ones do not take climate change into consideration.

Models or methods, used in the Baltic Sea region countries, are described. When and how to use them depends on the specific situation and soil conditions for the actual site.  A Swedish tool for managing and assessing the risk related to soil movements is described in more detail and with practical examples. A short introduction is given to the method for risk analysis and risk management for road owners in Europe, with regard to climate change. In addition some examples of general methods for climate adaptation are provided.

The presented tools/models/methods are intended to give information for policy makers, spatial-planners and business people that there are such tools that can be used to consider soil movements like landslides and erosion for spatial-planning, and for measures in already built areas. The decision on which tool or combination of tools to use for the actual site, is intended to be done together with experts in the geotechnical field.

The complete report (82 pages) is available for
download (3,9 MB).