Jordan Aaron: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Jordan Aaron
FieldEngineering Geology
Professur für Ingenieurgeologie
ETH Zürich, NO G 69.2
Sonneggstrasse 5
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 86 92
DepartmentEarth Sciences
RelationshipAssistant Professor (Tenure Track)

651-4070-00LLandslide Analysis Information Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 18.
5 credits3GS. Löw, J. Aaron
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
651-4276-00LAlpine Engineering Geological Excursions Information
Priority is given to D-ERDW students (Major in Engineering Geology). If space is available UZH Geography and Earth System Sciences students may attend this field course at full cost.

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1 credit2PS. Löw, J. Aaron
AbstractThis course includes 4 days of specialized engineering geologic excursions that are offered by the chair of engineering geology. Topics include visits to landslides and to ongoing construction and research sites (landslides, tunnels, hydropower systems, foundations, roads, waste disposal sites) in the Swiss and Italian Alps.
ObjectiveIncrease the amount of field exposure and field experience in alpine engineering geology.
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly new excursions can be selected, that have not been taken in previous study years, or that are not included as compulsory excursions in other selected courses.

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW