651-4070-00L  Landslide Analysis

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersS. Löw, J. Aaron
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 18.


651-4070-00 GLandslide Analysis
This course includes the analysis of 3 case studies and 3 days of compulsory field visits.
The dates of the field visits are published on https://www.erdw.ethz.ch/studium/exkursionen-feldkurse.html
3 hrs
Mon14:15-17:00NO F 39 »
15:15-17:00NO D 39 »
S. Löw, J. Aaron

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course is about the analysis of landslide phenomena, mechanisms, stability and hazard mitigation. The course is focussed on case studies covering major landslide types in the Alps (rock fall, shallow soil slides, rock slides and topples, and deep seated landslides). The course makes use of a new blended e-learning environment and includes compulsory field trips to the study sites.
ObjectiveThe overall aim of the course is to prepare students for dealing with real-world landslide and slope stability problems. Students will gain knowledge and application experience in the field recognition, mapping and monitoring of landslides, the appropriate use of slope stability analysis methods, and the writing of landslide investigation reports. With this experience students may enter the professional workplace or research environment with modern skills and the confidence to tackle similar problems alone.
ContentThe major types of landslides are introduced in face-to-face lectures. For every landslide type a case study is introduced which illustrates typical tasks and approaches of professionals working in the field of landslide hazard analysis and mitigation. All case studies include field visits focussing on geological conditions, morphological features, geotechnical properties and field measurements. In the lab we discuss appropriate geological and kinematic models, triggers, stability, failure processes and mitigation mechanisms. The results of the case studies are documented in reports which are the basis for the course evaluation.
Lecture notesThe course includes self study of landslide fundamentals supported by web-based e-learning materials, and audio-supported power-point-lectures. The case study analyses are supported by field handbooks, field data and analysis programs.
LiteratureSidle, R.C. & Ochiai H. 2006: Landslides, Processes, Prediction and Land use. AGU Books, Water Resources Monograph 18
Transportation Research Board 1996: Landslides, Investigation and Mitigation. Special Report 247. Turner A.K. & Schuster R.L. eds. National Academic Press Washington D.C.
Prerequisites / NoticeExcursions are an integral part of this course. The dates of the excursions are published on https://www.erdw.ethz.ch/studium/exkursionen-feldkurse.html

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersS. Löw, J. Aaron
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationParticipation in field visits (3 days), lectures and all workshops and timely delivery of case study reports. The course evaluation is based on the case study reports.

Learning materials

Main linkLandslide Analysis Course Website
RecordingLandslide Analysis Course Podcasts
Additional linksTerms and Conditions for Excursions and Field Courses at D-ERDW
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


Places18 at the most
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is until 18.02.2021 only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEarth Sciences MSc (660000)
Waiting listuntil 22.02.2021

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Earth Sciences MasterEngineering Geology: IntegrationOInformation