A unique facility for engineering and biological research has been established with the aim of improving fundamental understanding of the effects of climate change on slopes. This paper describes the building and monitoring of a full-scale embankment representative of UK infrastructure, the planting and monitoring of representative vegetation, and the construction of a system of sprinklers and covers to control climate. A summary of the results of the first experiments simulating predicted future UK climate and the response of the embankment is also presented. The information that has begun to be gathered is providing data related to the failure modes anticipated as a result of climate change and hence on the sustainability of UK infrastructure slopes.
Hughes, P., Glendinning, S., Mendes, J., Parkin, G., Toll, D., Gallipoli, D., & Miller, P. (2009). Full-scale testing to assess climate effects on embankments. Engineering Sustainability, 162(2), 67-79. https://doi.org/10.1680/ensu.2009.162.2.67