Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Research article
11 May 2011
Research article |  | 11 May 2011

Quantitative assessment of diffuse rock fall hazard along a cliff foot

D. Hantz

Abstract. Many works have shown that the relation between rock fall frequency and volume is well fitted by a power law. Based on this relation, a new method is presented which allows estimating the fall frequency and probability for a wall section in a homogenous cliff, considering all possible rock fall volumes. The hazard for an element located at the foot of the cliff, with a minimal energy, is also estimated. The method has been applied to an itinerary, for which the human risk has also been estimated. Rock fall inventories featuring the location, date, and volume of the falls and the dimensions of the fallen compartments (width, length, and thickness) are needed for better estimating of hazard and risk.