NH8.4 EDI

Climate induced geo-hazards are known to increase due to climate change causing more intense rainfall and more frequent extreme weather events. Use of vegetation on potentially unstable slopes and along stream banks is an example of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) that can mitigate climate induced geo-hazards due their role at the soil-atmosphere interface. Vegetating slopes or stream banks are also key for riparian buffers for agricultural nutrient uptake, CO2 storage, improvement of water quality, ecological restoration and rewilding. However, researchers in different fields of science do not easily communicate, even though they are addressing aspects of the same problem.
Interdisciplinary research is needed to document the effects of vegetation in hazard-prone areas in a measurable and quantifiable manner. These NBS must have an ecological approach, where in the long-term perspective, a multiple approach for biodiversity and ecosystem services will give mutual synergies.

This session aims to stimulate interdisciplinary and international communication, knowledge exchange and dissemination on plant-soil-atmosphere interaction, with focus on vegetation based NBS for mitigating climate-induced geohazards, with a special focus on shallow landslides and erosion, and associated consequences.
Contributions documenting how vegetation and associated roots can be beneficial in landslide mitigation as well as in land use planning, restoration ecology, climate change adaptation are welcome within the fields of geotechnical engineering, plant ecology, root-soil biophysics, biodiversity, alpine timberline, hydrogeology and agronomy.

Specific topics are related to the following questions:

• How the plant-soil-atmosphere interaction affects the unsaturated zone and thus the slope stability?
• Measuring and quantifying the effects of vegetation as NBS for mitigating climate induced geo-hazards and associated consequences at or near instable slopes and along stream banks – case studies at full scale or laboratory scale.
• How to ensure interdisciplinary interaction for sustainability and mutual synergies for studies containing vegetation as NBS for mitigating climate induced geo-hazards and associated consequences at or near instable slopes and along stream banks.

Convener: Vittoria CapobiancoECSECS | Co-conveners: Sabatino Cuomo, Dominika KrzeminskaECSECS, Anders Solheim

Climate induced geo-hazards are known to increase due to climate change causing more intense rainfall and more frequent extreme weather events. Use of vegetation on potentially unstable slopes and along stream banks is an example of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) that can mitigate climate induced geo-hazards due their role at the soil-atmosphere interface. Vegetating slopes or stream banks are also key for riparian buffers for agricultural nutrient uptake, CO2 storage, improvement of water quality, ecological restoration and rewilding. However, researchers in different fields of science do not easily communicate, even though they are addressing aspects of the same problem.
Interdisciplinary research is needed to document the effects of vegetation in hazard-prone areas in a measurable and quantifiable manner. These NBS must have an ecological approach, where in the long-term perspective, a multiple approach for biodiversity and ecosystem services will give mutual synergies.

This session aims to stimulate interdisciplinary and international communication, knowledge exchange and dissemination on plant-soil-atmosphere interaction, with focus on vegetation based NBS for mitigating climate-induced geohazards, with a special focus on shallow landslides and erosion, and associated consequences.
Contributions documenting how vegetation and associated roots can be beneficial in landslide mitigation as well as in land use planning, restoration ecology, climate change adaptation are welcome within the fields of geotechnical engineering, plant ecology, root-soil biophysics, biodiversity, alpine timberline, hydrogeology and agronomy.

Specific topics are related to the following questions:

• How the plant-soil-atmosphere interaction affects the unsaturated zone and thus the slope stability?
• Measuring and quantifying the effects of vegetation as NBS for mitigating climate induced geo-hazards and associated consequences at or near instable slopes and along stream banks – case studies at full scale or laboratory scale.
• How to ensure interdisciplinary interaction for sustainability and mutual synergies for studies containing vegetation as NBS for mitigating climate induced geo-hazards and associated consequences at or near instable slopes and along stream banks.