Dr Daniel Baretto, Dr John McDougall

Geotechnics: Soil Mechanics to Global Impact

In many developing countries landslides and avalanches caused by intense rainfall impose significant constraints on economic development as essential infrastructure is frequently destroyed and the poorest communities are the most affected.

Edinburgh Napier University initiated the creation of a UK-Colombia research network to study the effects of climate change in civil engineering infrastructure.  A project consisting of experimental and analytic research has been undertaken to gain insight into the fundamental soil particle interactions that govern embankment failure and rain-induced landslides. Improved knowledge of these issues derives on better informed decisions for risk mitigation plans devised by policy makers and improved resilience for countries and populations affected by natural disasters.