Articles | Volume 17, issue 8
Research article
11 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 11 Aug 2017

Vulnerability of bridges to scour: insights from an international expert elicitation workshop

Rob Lamb, Willy Aspinall, Henry Odbert, and Thorsten Wagener


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (15 Jun 2017) by Bruno Merz
AR by Rob Lamb on behalf of the Authors (16 Jun 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Jun 2017) by Bruno Merz
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (04 Jul 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (05 Jul 2017) by Bruno Merz
Short summary
Scour (erosion) during floods can cause bridges to collapse. Modern design and maintenance mitigates the risk, so failures are rare. The residual risk is uncertain, but expert knowledge can help constrain it. We asked 19 experts about scour risk using methods designed to treat judgements alongside other scientific data. The findings identified knowledge gaps about scour processes and suggest wider uncertainty about scour risk than might be inferred from observation, models or experiments alone.
Final-revised paper