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  Information - NH4.7 Rockfalls and large catastrophic landslides

Event Information
Rockfalls are a widespread and increasing hazard in mountains, due to, for example, the ongoing development of infrastructure and, in the case of the Alps, melting of permafrost in rock faces. We define a rockfall as a relatively small landslide confined to the removal of individual rocks generally smaller than 5 m3 from a cliff face, but larger rock blocks should not be excluded. Compared to other hazards as avalanches, floods and debris flows, rockfalls are spatially confined to local areas. However, they can cause considerable damage in the runout zones. Rockfall is also a process having a high level of uncertainty. This is due to the frequency and magnitude of events as determined by the conditions in the release zone and due to the semi-stochastic trajectory of the falling rock. Therefore, consideration of probabilistic approaches is inevitable in studying rockfalls.

Research on rockfalls helps to improve hazard zoning and planning of protection measures. The aim of this session is to present state of the art methods for assessing rockfall hazards and for protecting against them. Further, the session aims at identifying 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 and experiences 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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