Staff attending the training week had a range of different expertise and were mostly from the Landslides Team in Keyworth and Quaternary Geologists from our Edinburgh office. These are two groups of people trained to look at the landscape in different ways.
The idea was for the Landslides Team to get a better understanding of the Scottish geology - a complex beast that can produce different landslides to those elsewhere in the UK - and for the Quaternary Geologists to further their expertise in landslides, especially debris flows.
Debris FlowsThese landslides are defined by Ballantyne (2004) as:
the rapid down-slope flow of poorly-sorted debris mixed with water.Debris flows are a particular problem in Scotland. Their biggest impact is to cut across roads and railways that can leave communities isolated and important routes blocked. Perhaps the most famous repeated site of debris flows is the Rest And Be Thankful Pass where the closure of the road results in a 55-mile detour.
|Dr Claire Dashwood, Engineering Geohazard Geologist, and Dr Nikhil Nedumpallile Vasu, Engineering |
Geologist, comparing the debris flows that happened in 2007 with that from October 2018
|Stood at the top of Glen Our with landslides on our minds, shame about the mist|
|Debating the geology, the geomorphology, the palaeoenvironmental history and ... just a lot of debating!|
|The topographic map of the area|
|More discussion and debate|
|Found it! Comparing debris flows from different years at the Rest and Be Thankful Pass. We are stood on the other side|
of the valley which is a great vantage point to see how the slope is behaving.
|Landslide beer! Named after a debris flow that blocked the road near the brewery|