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Atmosphere–vegetation–soil interactions in a climate change context ; impact of changing conditions on engineered transport infrastructure slopes in Europe.

Tang, A. M. and Hughes, P. N. and Dijkstra, T. A. and Askarinejad, A. and Brenčič, M. and Cui, Y. J. and Diez, J. J. and Firgi, T. and Gajewska, B. and Gentile, F. and Grossi, G. and Jommi, C. and Kehagia, F. and Koda, E. and ter Maat, H. W. and Lenart, S. and Lourenco, S. and Oliveira, M. and Osinski, P. and Springman, S. M. and Stirling, R. and Toll, D. G. and Van Beek, V. (2018) 'Atmosphere–vegetation–soil interactions in a climate change context ; impact of changing conditions on engineered transport infrastructure slopes in Europe.', Quarterly journal of engineering geology and hydrogeology., 51 (2). pp. 156-168.


In assessing the impact of climate change on infrastructure, it is essential to consider the interactions between the atmosphere, vegetation and the near-surface soil. This paper presents an overview of these processes, focusing on recent advances from the literature and those made by members of COST Action TU1202 – Impacts of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure. Climate- and vegetation-driven processes (suction generation, erosion, desiccation cracking, freeze–thaw effects) are expected to change in incidence and severity, which will affect the stability of new and existing infrastructure slopes. This paper identifies the climate- and vegetation-driven processes that are of greatest concern, the suite of known unknowns that require further research, and lists key aspect that should be considered for the design of engineered transport infrastructure slopes in the context of climate change.

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Publisher statement:© 2018 The Author(s). Published by The Geological Society of London This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (
Date accepted:24 November 2017
Date deposited:17 May 2018
Date of first online publication:23 March 2018
Date first made open access:17 May 2018

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