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Full-scale testing to assess climate effects on embankments

Hughes, P.N.; Glendinning, S.; Mendes, J.; Parkin, G.; Toll, D.G.; Gallipoli, D.; Miller, P.


S. Glendinning

J. Mendes

G. Parkin

D. Gallipoli

P. Miller


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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2009
Deposit Date Nov 11, 2009
Journal Proceedings of the ICE - Engineering Sustainability
Print ISSN 1478-4629
Electronic ISSN 1751-7680
Publisher ICE Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 162
Issue 2
Pages 67-79
Keywords Field testing and monitoring, Research and development, Embankments.