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  Information - NH3.08 Rock falls - Analysis, Simulation and Protection (co-listed in GM)

Event Information
Rockfall is a wide spread and increasing hazard in mountainous regions, due to, e.g., continuous extension of infrastructures and in Alpine mountains also defrostment in permafrost regions. Compared to other hazards as avalanches, floods and debris flows, rockfall is a local natural hazard, it affects the landscape only on small spots. However, considerable damages in the rockfall runout zones are the result. Rockfall is also a process having a high level of uncertainty regarding the frequency and magnitude of events as determined by the conditions in the release zone and regarding the trajectory of the falling rock. Therefore, consideration of probabilistic approaches is inevitable in studying rockfall. Research on rockfalls helps to improve e.g. hazard zoning and planning of protection measures. The aim of this session is to present state of the art methods for assessing rockfall to identify future research needs. We are therefore interested in innovative and meaningful contributions about process analysis, simulation methods and protection and mitigation measures. This includes the presentation of theoretical, numerical or probabilistic modeling, experimental methods in the field or laboratory and on the protection side most different approaches for structural and natural measures or hazard zoning.

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