19/10/2014 First investigations of instability at the Hochvogel (Allgäu, Germany)

Increased rockfall activity has recently been noticed at the Hochvogel (2592 m üA,  Allgäu, Germany), where a large fracture at the peak is gradually opening. Lukas Paysen-Petersen and Michael Krautblatter, along with MSc students of the TUM...[mehr]


17/10/2014 Call for abstracts - EGU 2015

The window is now open for abstract submission to the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2015. The conference will run from the 12th - 17th of April in Vienna (Austria), while the window for abstract submission closes on 7 Jan 2015.  This...[mehr]


23/9/2014 Fracturing of ancient bedrock surfaces during an extremely hot summer

NOAA reports that August 2014 was the hottest since records began. Long periods of exceptionally high temperatures in California and Finland this summer have been associated with the formation of large ‘exfoliation’ or ‘sheeting’...[mehr]


01-04/9/2014 8th I.A.G./A.I.G. working group SEDIBUD

The 8th I.A.G./A.I.G. working group SEDIBUD met at the Umweltforschungsstation Schneefernerhaus for a series of discussions and field excursion to the Reintal. The working group included researchers from a number of countries including Germany, USA,...[mehr]


24-31/8/2014 Turtmann Talks, Oberems (Switzerland)

The Turtmann Talks are an annual workshop for geomorphologists working in alpine regions. The workshop is organised by members of the Geomorphological and Environmental Research Group at the Universität Bonn, and this year included members from the Institute of...[mehr]


29/8/2014 Video: Ongoing instability of the Randa rock slope (Switzerland)

Two very large rockfalls in 1991 left an almost 1,000 m high cliff on the western side of the Matter Valley in Southern Switzerland. The valley is one of the most travelled in the Alps as it serves as access to the town of Zermatt and the skifields immediately...[mehr]


04-07/8/2014 Landslide excursion to Valais, Switzerland

Eleven students from Engineering Geology and Environmental Engineering MSc programs joined Kerry Leith for an excursion to study various aspects of construction and hazard assessment in Alpine regions. The trip included visits to a range of environments, including...[mehr]


08/7/2014 CFD model of potential flood due to failure of the Badakshan landslide dam (Afghanistan)

The development of a landslide-dammed lake following the Badakshan tragedy in northern Afghanistan posed a difficult challenge to the already devastated community. The initial landslide events killed more than 350 people, and blocked the main river - creating a...[mehr]


27/6/2014 Announcement for the 7th AK Permafrost Meeting (Ammersee, DE)

We would like to invite you to this year's 7th AK Permafrost Meeting, from the 24 - 26.10.14 in Wartaweil at the Ammersee (30 minutes from Munich). We will hold a 2-day excursion to the Zugspitze immediately prior to the conference (23 - 24.10). Hiermit möchten...[mehr]


09 - 13/06/2014 Landslide mapping field course in the Austrian Alps

The landslide mapping course is provided by the Landslide Research group, and introduces students to geological and geomorphic mapping techniques relevant to landslide hazard identification and civil construction. This year 21 students participated in the 5-day course...[mehr]