Articles | Volume 19, issue 7
Research article
15 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 15 Jul 2019

Towards early warning of gravitational slope failure with co-detection of microseismic activity: the case of an active rock glacier

Jérome Faillettaz, Martin Funk, Jan Beutel, and Andreas Vieli

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We developed a new strategy for real-time early warning of gravity-driven slope failures (such as landslides, rockfalls, glacier break-off, etc.). This method enables us to investigate natural slope stability based on continuous monitoring and interpretation of seismic waves generated by the potential instability. Thanks to a pilot experiment, we detected typical patterns of precursory events prior to slide events, demonstrating the potential of this method for real-word applications.
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